JPD holds memorial service for K9 Officer Gabo

Updated: Jan. 17, 2020 at 7:13 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Police Department held an emotional service on Monday honoring K9 Gabo.

Gabo passed away last week after battling a “serious illness," JPD confirmed.

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Posted by Jonesboro Police Department on Monday, January 20, 2020

The service began at 10 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home on Nettleton Avenue with the JPD Honor Guard.

Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott spoke at Gabo’s memorial service.

“A partner that has saved the lives of other officers on many occasions, a partner that would take a bullet, bullets, instead of officers being shot, on one unfortunate evening for our city,” said Elliott. “We owe a lot to this dog and his service to the community.”

JPD K9 Handler Jason Myers said K9 Officer Gabo did more for the city of Jonesboro than most will ever know.

“He wasn’t afraid to go into any situation,” said Myers. “He did every time with the purpose of trying to protect the people behind him.”

Gabo and his handler, Erik Johnson, received the 2019 Officer of the Year award by the department and the 2019 Persons of the Year award from Jonesboro CrimeStoppers.

Gabo was injured in Dec. 2018 after the SWAT Team was called to an apartment complex in Jonesboro. He was shot five times at point-blank range.

A bullet and stab-proof vest stopped the bullet and Gabo returned to duty a couple of months later.

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“JPD’s K9 Unit is dear to all of our hearts. When they hurt, we hurt. We will never be able to express how appreciative we are for Gabo, Erik and the entire K9 Unit. Their work does not go unnoticed and we grieve with Erik at the loss of his irreplaceable partner,” the post noted. “Rest easy, Gabo. We’ll take it from here.”

Jonesboro police also had a final call for Gabo on its dispatch police channel Thursday evening.

Gabo served the Jonesboro Police Department since 2012.

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