K9 Gabo & handler voted “Officers of the Year” award

K9 Gabo & handler voted “Officers of the Year” award
K9 Officer Gabo & his handler received the "Officer of the Year" award Tuesday. (Source: Jonesboro Police Department via Facebook)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) -One year after surviving a shooting during a standoff at an apartment complex, K9 Gabo and his handler Erik Johnson received a prominent, local award Tuesday.

The duo received the “Officers of the Year” award presented by the Crimestoppers of Jonesboro Board.

According to a Jonesboro Police Department Facebook post, the board surprised the two with the award during the area-wide K9 bi-monthly training.

What a difference a year can make! 🐾💙 On December 11, 2018, JPD K9 Officer Gabo and his handler Inv Erik Johnson...

Posted by Jonesboro Police Department on Tuesday, December 10, 2019

After two months of rehab, Gabo and Johnson returned to service on Feb. 12.

After the incident, Johnson has worked with numerous law enforcement agencies to promote K9 bullet & stab-proof vests and help ensure all K9 officers receive a vest for duty.

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