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Boone’s legacy: Public memorializing K-9 with contributions to FRPD program

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Sgt. Bryan Courtney and Boone / Courtesy photo

FRONT ROYAL – On Monday, March 5, the Front Royal Police Department lost a beloved, valuable member of its team when K-9 Boone, died two days past his 12th birthday, following a short illness.

Boone came to the FRPD in 2007, following his graduation from the U.S. Homeland Security and Border Protection Canine School. He was partnered with Sgt. Bryan Courtney, and the two became the department’s first K-9 narcotics team.

Since Boone’s death, area residents have reached out, expressing interest in making a donation in his memory. Sgt. Courtney said such tributes would be fitting and would help the station staff two K-9 officers.

All donations will be used towards the purchase of a new K-9, according to a press release from the Front Royal Police Foundation.

“In 2018, the board had already been especially focused on helping the department purchase a new K-9 along with training for the handler, a kennel and any other equipment needed for the K-9 as well as other equipment for the newly-built Front Royal Police Department,” the release states.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution in memory of K-9 Boone may mail a check, with “K-9 fund” designated, to:

Front Royal Police Department
Attn: Front Royal Police Foundation
23 E. Jackson St.
Front Royal, VA 22630

The board members of the foundation stated in the release, “Despite the loss of Boone, the Foundation will work tirelessly to ensure that the FRPD has the necessary funds to maintain a viable, effective K-9 program…the board members feel that the most meaningful way to honor the life and service of Boone is to ensure that K-9 officers are ongoing, contributing members of the Front Royal Police Department.”

Chief of Police Kahle Magalis said another K-9 was already scheduled to arrive in early summer, with the intention of letting Boone enjoy his well-earned retirement.

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  1. Roger Cameron Sr.

    March 9, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    What great way to honor Boone and I applaud the members of the FRPD and everyone involved for having put together such a tribute for their K-9 friend and a valuable member of the FRPD. I have lived here all my life and will never forget the love that I seen today for our K-9 friends, they are truly members of of our family.

  2. Amy Marshall

    March 9, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    It was so sad to hear of Boone’s passing, and the articles about him have been so heartwarming. It’s great to see that Boone was a valued member of the police department and is receiving well-deserved recognition. It was heartwarming to see how many police and rescue personnel turned out to make Boone’s final ride such a memorable one. I was truly touched to witness such a fond farewell and I was honored to live in a town who recognizes how truly special a relationship with a K9 can be. My sincere condolences to Sgt. Bryan Courtney and the Front Royal Police Department.

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