Ceremony honors fallen K-9 officers

  • Lieutenant Jeff Schmidinger stands with his police dog Bear during the Police K-9 Appreciation Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at Tropical Park. HECTOR GABINO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • Miami Gardens Police officer Chris Bezo, former partner of fallen police dog Max, speaks during the Police K-9 Appreciation Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at Tropical Park. HECTOR GABINO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • During the Police K-9 Appreciation Memorial Ceremony at Tropical Park Wednesday, K-9 officers from different police departments in South Florida look for the names of retired police dogs that are engraved on bricks surrounding the memorial. Wednesday, February 19, 2014. HECTOR GABINO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • K-9 officers from South Florida police departments lead a procession to honor fallen police dogs at the Police K-9 Appreciation Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday at Tropical Park HECTOR GABINO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • Miami-Dade police dog Shadow pays homage to fallen K-9s from South Florida police departments on Wednesday during the Police K-9 Appreciation Memorial Ceremony at Tropical Park. He is accompanied by Miami-Dade Police K-9 officer Pedro Otano. HECTOR GABINO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF

  • The statue of a K-9 officer stands at the Police K-9 Appreciation Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Tropical Park. HECTOR GABINO / EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF