DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. – The Davie County community gathered Sunday afternoon to remember sheriff’s K-9 “Gorky,” a dog shot and killed during a hostage standoff.
Gorky’s handler Chris Fleming, a Davie County sheriff’s deputy, said things could have been a lot worse if his dog had not been there.
“If it had not been for Gorky, the funeral today would have probably been for me,” Fleming said.
About 1,500 people attended the memorial at Davie County High School in Mocksville. Officers, deputies and people from the community came out in support.
Black bands of remembrance covered the Davie County sheriff’s deputy badges to honor the canine officer.
Sheriff Andy Stokes said K-9 officers play an important role in the department and can mean the difference between life and death.
Fleming said even after Gorky was shot three times, he never left his side. It’s a moment that Sheriff Stokes said he replays in his mind every day.