WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Police Department held a memorial service to honor Rooster Friday at Century II. The patrol service dog killed in the line of duty March 18.
Officers responding to a domestic disturbance surrounded a home before 25-year-old Kevin Perry walked out with a gun in his waistband. Rooster was sent after the suspect to stop him from re-entering the home. That’s when gunfire was exchanged, striking both the dog and the man.
Police dog handlers from across the state attended the service. The service lasted about an hour and featured a video of Rooster. During the service, Rooster’s handler, Officer Daniel Gumm, spoke about his bond with the K-9.
“It’s pretty amazing what you can teach these dogs to do, and what they’ll do for us without any hesitation and with more conviction than any person ever could,” said Gumm. “Unfortunately, he was shot and killed. And fortunately he was there to do that, to take that role for us. I take solace in that. He truly died doing what he wanted to do. He loved it.”
It was a sentiment also echoed by the Wichita Police Department Chaplain Dave Henion who called Rooster a hero.
“We are reminded of the nobleness that Rooster did that night when he responded to that call.”
Remarks were also delivered by Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay. He thanked Rooster and the community for their support.
“This is a very sad and tragic event,” Ramsay said. “The Wichita Police Department is thankful for the cards and comments given in Rooster’s memory.”
In Rooster’s honor, memorial donations may be made to the WPD K-9 fund, 455 N. Main, Wichita, KS, 67202.
The department plans to memorialize Rooster in the future.AUDIO | Rooster Final Call