Teen honors K-9 officers for their service with a memorial

Tommy Duran partnered with New Braunfels Police Department

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – In light of recent deadly attacks on police officers, a New Braunfels teenager decided he wanted to find a way to honor police. 

The teen’s idea was to establish a police dog memorial.

"They go out and they risk their lives every day for nothing more than a scratch on the head or a chew toy," said Tommy Duran, a soon-to-be high school senior.

Duran requested and was granted permission to meet with New Braunfels police to ask how he could help.

"I met with the police chief and that was a real honor and a privilege," Duran said.

Together, they came up with the idea for a police dog memorial. It'll honor the 14 dogs who've retired from the New Braunfels Police Department.  

New Braunfels Officer Derrick Bobo has worked with his K-9, Azlyn, for four years.

"She's been a great friend, a great partner, a lot of fun. Best job I've ever had," Bobo said.

The duo just returned from catching a person with illegal drugs. Bobo said the relationship between K-9's and handlers is hard to put into words.

"I spend more time with that dog than I do my family," Bobo said. "I don't see her as a dog. I see her like a daughter."

New Braunfels police spokesman David Ferguson said the project will break ground next month and will be on the grounds of the New Braunfels Police Department off of Seguin Avenue. 

The 16-year-old Boy Scout said the memorial project could help him make the leap to Eagle Scout. Duran said he's already raised most of the $2,000 needed to build the memorial. He said it's time and money very well spent.

"They'll take bullets for their masters, or for their K-9 handlers, and all they ask for it in return is love," Duran said.