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Officers honor K9 Nicky at funeral

Posted at 7:06 PM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 01:18:46-04

Nearly a week after he was killed in the line of duty, officers gathered from across the valley to pay their respects to K9 Officer Nicky.  

"Nicky and I were perfect partners," said Sgt. Kerns, Nicky's partner, as he spoke during the ceremony.  

The ceremony was held at Craig Road Pet Cemetery, and Nicky was given full honors by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Honor Guard.  

21 gun salute at the funeral of K9 Officer Nicky.

Posted by Marissa Kynaston on Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Nicky's fellow K9s say Goodbye!In a touching tribute to their fallen comrade, LVMPD K9s bark their goodbyes at the conclusion of the funeral service for K9 Nicky who died in action on 3-31-16 while helping apprehend a double-murderer.

Posted by LVMPD on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Last week, Nicky was killed in the line of duty by friendly fire.  He was trying to take down a suspect who police believe killed two people.  

“On March 31, officers were dispatched to the 9800 block of Fast Elk in response to a 911 call. Before the officers could arrive, two citizens concerned for their neighbor’s safety had already responded to offer their assistance," said Sheriff Joe Lombardo during the service. "Brandon Hughes and Felecia Wimberly-Hughes lost their lives trying to help a neighbor in need. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the Hughes family; our department has not lost sight of the tragic loss of these two Las Vegas residents."

During the ceremony, a tribute video was shown with some of Sgt. Kerns' body camera footage from various incidents. Nicky could be seen in the video fearlessly searching for a suspect.

Some of Sgt. Kern's body cam footage was shown during the funeral. You can see Nicky right in front of him. That dog absolutely loved to chase bad guys. <3

Posted by Marissa Kynaston on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Officers say Nicky was happiest on patrol, getting what they call "bad guys" off the streets.  

"Nicky was responsible for 99 apprehensions that he did single-handedly," says Lt. Jeff Hewes, the K9 commander.  "He got truly bad people off the streets, bad people that probably would have continued to commit crime if it wasn't for Nicky's direct involvement."

K9 Officer Nicky will be buried more than 50 other K9 officers and working dogs.