Portland, Ore. — Generous KATU viewers chipped in to raise more than $17,000 for the “Mick Memorial Fund”, including a last-minute donation of $1,000.
The fund was established after the death of a Portland police dog in the line of duty. He was shot protecting his human partner.
Specialized training for K-9 officers is expensive, and not part of the Police Bureau budget that comes from taxpayer money.
Anyone interested in donating to the “Mick Memorial Fund” can still do so at any Portland Police Bureau precinct headquarters.
KATU organized a pledge drive on the same day “Mick” was remembered by officers from around the region and the country at Hillsboro Stadium.
Mick was killed during a police shootout with a burglary suspect on April 16 in S.W. Portland. His partner, Officer Jeff Dorn, was shot and wounded.
Hundreds of people, including officers and K-9s from as far away as Canada, attended the memorial at Hillsboro Stadium on Monday morning.
"I knew from the first time I met Mick that there was something very special about him," Dorn said.
Mayor Charlie Hales and Police Chief Mike Reese were also among the speakers at the memorial.
"Mick undoubtedly saved Officer Dorn's life, and I am so grateful Jeff is here today," Reese said.
Community members have donated nearly $25,000 to the police K-9 unit since the shooting, Reese said.
"The Portland Police Bureau has been overwhelmed with support since the shooting last month," he said. "On behalf of Officer Dorn and the entire K-9 unit, I say thank you."
Dorn's two sons read an emotional speech and shared their memories of Mick, thanking him for saving their father's life. Mick lived with the Dorn family.
Dorn said the tasks K-9s perform every day can sometimes seem routine, but "individually, they are amazing."
"Mick lived and died not only as a true puppy, but as a hero in my heart," said Dorn.
Donate to Portland Police K-9 Unit:
Make check payable to and send it to:
Portland Police K-9 Unit
4735 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97214