February 18, 2014
The Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) presented the Purple Paw Award to on Friday, January 31, 2014, during its annual meeting.
The Purple Paw Award is presented to recognize any service or police K9 animal injured or killed in the line of duty during the past year.
This year’s Purple Paw Award recipient is Kilo, who was killed in the line of duty of June 24, 2013, in Clark County, Indiana. When a call to a domestic disturbance in Sellersburg came in, Indiana State Trooper Nathan Abbott, along with his K9 partner Kilo, arrived for backup to the situation when shots were fired. On command, Kilo took the lead entering the residence, even during more gunfire. He suffered a fatal gunshot protecting the other officers there that fateful day.
While fulfilling his duty, “Kilo exemplified bravery and heroism which is why IVMA is pleased to offer the Purple Paw Award to Kilo this year,” stated Lisa Perius, the executive director of IVMA. Trooper Nathan Abbott was present to accept the award in recognition of Kilo’s work in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Indiana.
More information about the Indiana State Police K-9 program and donations to the program in memory of Kilo can be found at www.indianasfinest.com and then click on the ISPA tab.
The presentation took place during the 130th annual meeting of the IVMA in Indianapolis, Ind. The IVMA is the professional organization for veterinarians who care for Hoosier pets, farm animals, zoo animals, wildlife, and public health, and is the human side of animal health.
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