A parade of motorcycles rolled down the streets of Porterdale with flags attached to the back waving, bearing the names of police dogs that fell in the line of duty this past year.
The fourth annual K-9 Memorial Police Benefit Motorcycle Ride raised money through an auction for the purchase of safety equipment for K-9 police teams in Georgia. The fundraiser auctioned off police and dog related items like a gun cleaning kit, dog leashes and dog treats.
While the event commemorated the canine lives lost, a life that was saved was also celebrated.
In October 2011, Lakota and her handler, Clayton County police officer, Travis Fox crashed into a fence and a tree while heading to the scene of a suspected home invasion. Both Travis and Lakota were thrown from the patrol car.
Lakota, a German Shepherd, was in critical condition, suffering several broken bones and a shattered leg. Despite her injuries, Lakota survived and is recovering.
Today, Lakota is retired and lives with Travis, his wife, Corey and their two children. Lakota still has several more surgeries to under go. Lakota served four years as a police dog and completed 80 successful apprehensions.
In 2011, the following K-9 police dogs lost their lives in the line of duty and were commemorated: Harley, Ricco, Bolo, Morgan, Nick, Rudy, Inja, Hercules, Rocky, Nuke, Vinnie, Ace, Rexo, Reba, Bodo, Blek and Kimbo.
The event was organized by Porterdale police Lt. Jason Cripps and his wife, Holly Cripps.