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West Hartford K-9 and Handler Win Multiple Hero Awards

Officer Tom Lazure and K-9 Jett. Photo courtesy of West Hartford Police

K-9 Jett will be honored at a ceremony at Fenway Park in late July.

By Ronni Newton

Officer Tom Lazure and K-9 Jett. Photo courtesy of West Hartford Police

Officer Tom Lazure and K-9 Jett. Photo courtesy of West Hartford Police

West Hartford Police Officer Tom Lazure and K-9 Jett are being recognized with multiple awards for their recent accomplishments.

The team was honored at the Connecticut Chiefs of Police Association meeting this week as recipients of the 2014 Daniel Wasson Memorial Canine Award. According to the West Hartford Police, this is the second time that Lazure and Jett have been honored, and only one other K-9 team has won it twice in the 23 years that the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association has been presenting the award.

Lazure and Jett also won the award in 2012. It is the fourth time that a West Hartford Police Department K-9 team has won the award, police said.

According to a news release from the West Hartford Police, the Daniel Wasson Memorial Canine Award was given to the Lazure and Jett in recognition of the many cases they were involved in during 2014, including “K-9 deployments, apprehensions, and narcotic related activity. They also assisted the Hartford Police Department with the exceptional track and apprehension of a dangerous armed felon. In that case the suspect was armed with a loaded 9 millimeter handgun but, because of the team’s efforts, not one officer was injured.”

K-9 Jett will also be honored by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association and its Foundation at Fenway Park in Boston as one of six “Hero K-9’s” in New England during a ceremony prior to the Red Sox game on July 27.

K-9 Jett and Lazure are in contention for “2014 K-9 Hero of the Year,” and you can vote for them to receive this honor (one vote per day) by clicking here.

“We could not be more pleased with their efforts and hard work. Congratulations!” West Hartford Police spokesperson Ted Stoneburner said.

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