Credit: Peter Haskell, WCBS 880

NYPD Honors K-9's and Fallen Cops at Graduation Ceremony

June 15, 2018 - 4:23 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- There was a special graduation ceremony for a class of new cops -- the four-legged kind.

And there's a story for each of them.

K-9 Eddy is one of 12 new grads named after fallen heroes.

Offcer Edward R. Byrne was killed in the line of duty in 1988. He was 22 years old.

"It's very comforting, it's very important that we remember history. This year was the 30th anniversary of Eddy's assassination," said his brother, Larry, who is is an NYPD deputy commissioner.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill says this is about expanding the legacy.

"Cause each time a handler answers that question, 'What's your dog's name?' we have another chance to tell the unique story about sacrifice, courage and service," O'Neill said.

Eleven of the 12 dogs are named for city cops. The 12th is named for fallen Marine Lt. Robert Kelly -- the son of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Family and friends of the fallen officers attended the ceremony.

There were no caps and gowns at the graduation, but each K-9 cop gets a police shield that goes around their necks.