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Crimewatch: APD Honors Equine Officer


Colleagues gathered for a special memorial to honor equine Officer JD for his service to the department and community.

"During one large gang fight, JD bravely went on and knocked the leader of the Bros Gang across the hood of a patrol car,” said the Chaplain.

"When it came time to protect the officers on the street, he was probably one of the best we've ever had," said former partner of JD.

The small gathering could not compare to the enormous amount of respect that the colleagues had for JD even though he is a horse.

"I felt it was very important to honor the services of a four legged officers," said Chaplin David Hellman. "I think its different because people have a lot of questions about animals what happens to them after they die, it's a big question people want to know."

When he started with APD, he was the biggest horse in the barn standing at 16 hands high. In his lifetime, he saw nine Austin mayors, five police chiefs, and saw the force grow from 700 officers to 1700 officers.

"He loved watermelon, really liked to eat and really just laid back. When it came down to taking care of the younger horses like if they start to take over this herd no matter how old he was," said Julie Payne of APD Mounted Patrol.

JD was buried on his owner’s ranch. The 100 Club of Central Texas provided JD with a headstone. He was 30 years old.

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