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South Jersey mourns fallen police dog

Residents from the Vineland, New Jersey, community will gather to mourn Clif, the city's first police dog to die in the line of duty, the Courier Post Online reports.

The 5-year-old German shepherd had just finished sniffing out a burglary suspect when he was hit by a car after the driver swerved to miss another uniformed officer. Clif was on the lawn with his handler, K-9 Officer William Bontcue, the news source reports. The dog was rushed to the Linwood Veterinary Hospital but was unresponsive.

The memorial service on October 21 is open to the public and will include a memorial video and remarks by city and police officials. The service will be preceded by a procession of K-9 units and will end at the Chestnut Assembly of God in Vineland.

Clif is one of thousands of heroic dogs who have served in the United States police force. Dogs have been used in law enforcement for years, but the United States Police Canine Association is the largest and oldest active organization of its kind. Founded in August 1971, it coordinates K-9 efforts in police departments across the U.S., Canada and world with the Armed Forces.  
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