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The untimely passing of any police officer is a tragedy, but when that officer happens to be part of an illustrious K-9 unit, there is undoubtedly a different sort of sadness in the air.

In the great State of Mississippi, a K-9 officer was found dead this week after succumbing to heat stroke while locked inside the vehicle of a police deputy.

Dex, the 6 year old Belgian Malinois, was situated in a Hinds County cruiser while deputy Lafayette Martin was eating lunch at a local restaurant.  The vehicle, a 2016 Chevy Tahoe, was running when Martin left to grab a bite to eat, but something peculiar occurred while away from his partner and his vehicle.

The vehicle simply shut off for some reason, leaving Dex in a perilous and ultimately fatal situation.  Martin, was of course “devastated” by the incident.

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In response, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office has already sent the Tahoe in for repairs after the incident, and will be considering a number of upgrades to the vehicle to prevent such a tragedy from occurring again.

The sheriff’s department, which has sent the Tahoe to be repaired, plans to install “hot car alarms” to prevent a similar incident from happening in the future.

The device sounds an alarm and automatically lowers the car’s windows if the inside of a vehicle reaches a certain temperature, Mississippi News Now reported.

Dex was considered one of the top drug detection dogs on the force and will be sorely missed by all whom came in contact with this good boy.



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