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Fallen police dog to be honored

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Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2007 6:53 am | Updated: 7:03 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A group of Mesa police officers and their police dogs will pay tribute to fallen K-9 officer Leon at the intermission of the Phoenix Coyotes game Thursday.

The game begins at 7 p.m. at Jobing.com Arena, 9400 Maryland Ave., in Glendale.

Leon, a dog who was handled by Sgt. Don Rudd, died in the line of duty March 20. The Belgian Malinois is the first Mesa K-9 to die while serving, according to police.

During the second intermission, Rudd and fellow officers will recognize the K-9 unit’s commitment to serving the community.

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