K-9 Kilo, killed in the line of duty, receives Award of Valor - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

K-9 Kilo, killed in the line of duty, receives Award of Valor

Kilo (Source: Indiana State Police) Kilo (Source: Indiana State Police)

SELLERSBURG, IN (WAVE) - An Indiana State Police K-9, killed in the line of duty, is the recipient of the first-ever Award of Valor from the International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA).


ISP troopers credit Kilo with saving several lives June 24 when he was shot and killed. Kilo was the first to go inside a Sellersburg home where police say former Louisville Fire Captain Josh Priddy was hiding out after his wife called officers hoping they could convince Priddy to undergo a mental evaluation. Troopers say Priddy shot Kilo when the dog entered the house.

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The Award of Valor is given to a K-9 that risks severe personal injury or death to accomplish its mission and/or to save another from the threat of severe personal injury or death in the act of a K-9 Team.

Kilo's handler, Trooper Nathan Abbott, was awarded a plaque, uniform bar and lifetime membership to IPWDA.

IPWDA was established in 1998, and is inclusive of all dog handlers, both police and civilian. It has a membership of more than 800 members. The Indiana State Police K-9 handlers belong to the organization as it sets certifications for certain police-type situations.

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