Police Officer Who Lost His K-9 Partner Receives Heartwarming Gift

A Police officer received a gift in honor of his deceased K-9 partner which brought him to tears.

Josh Madsen of the Pasco Police Department, Pasco, Washington, had a deep relationship with Lemon, his K-9.

2018: Officer Josh Madsen and #K9Lemon!

Posted by Pasco Police on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Lemon passed away in September due to a a life-threatening health condition. “Lemon underwent emergency surgery in September for a stomach flip, which can strangulate intestines and result in death if not operated on right away,” the Heroes Vest Fund posted on Dec. 3. “He then went off-duty for a while to recover.”

“Lemon had a medical crisis this weekend and passed away. EOW 11/30/19: Thank you for your service Hero!”

K9 Lemon of The Pasco Police Department, WA, has died.

Lemon served the community for 8 years with partner Officer…

Posted by Heroes Vest Fund, Inc. on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Many people were affected by Lemon’s death. “TRI-CITY HOME SCHOOL MEET-UP in the house!” the Pasco Police Department posted on Dec. 12. “This home school group was over at the Pasco PD back on October 15 for a tour, which had included a K9 demo featuring #K9Lemon and his driver, Officer Josh Madsen.”

Original artwork and cards!

Posted by Pasco Police on Thursday, December 12, 2019

“When they heard that Lemon had passed away, they arrived today with Lunch for Lemon. They brought original Lemon-inspired art and cards for Officer Madsen, and a sandwich buffet and cake for everyone at the PD!”

A memorial fund was also set up in Lemon’s name, and managed to raise $2,400 which will help “support K9 officers in Pasco,” according to the police department.

It tasted good, too!

Posted by Pasco Police on Thursday, December 12, 2019

Lately, there was a heart touching incident regarding Lemon, that brought Madsen to tears and it was courtesy of a family who truly loved Madsen’s work.

“Gave Officer Madsen his gift today!” Cassandra Berg shared Dec. 23 on Facebook. “He cried he loved it so much! I’m so glad that I was able to give this to him as a keep sake of K9 Officer Lemon!!!

“This officer helped us out so much in our time of need so it was so awesome to give back to him something so special!! Pasco Police Thank you for all you did for us Officer Madsen! Can’t wait to meet your new K9 when he comes!”

They ordered a look-alike stuffed animal dog from Cuddle Clones, which makes toys resembling people’s beloved pets.

So when Madsen opened his gift, he could barely hold his emotions, and blurt out a sincere “thank you.” Madsen was deeply grateful for the gesture from this family and would always remind him of his faithful friend and K-9 partner.


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