New billboards honor Kent County K-9 Axel who passed away in the line of duty
New billboards have been installed in Kent County in honor of K-9 Axel, died in the line of duty after suffering a medical emergency while tracking down a home invasion suspect in Sparta last month.
Billboards can be seen on the west side of US-131 southbound near the Post Dr. exit and on the west side of US-131 northbound near the 44th St. exit.
According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, resident Denise Bartholomew sponsored the billboards that read:
K9 Axel EOW 08/28/21
Thank you good boy
Sponsored by Axel’s biggest fan
In response to the notice boards, the sheriff’s office said,
Denise, thank you very much for commemorating K9 Axel in such a special way; that makes our agency smile a lot. The #KCSOFamily is very lucky to have your support!
The public is invited to a memorial service for Axel on Saturday September 18 at 11 a.m. at Cedar Springs High School Football Stadium at 204 E Muskegon St NE
According to WZZM-13, Axel had worked for the Kent County Sheriff’s Office since May 2019 and was the only explosives detection K-9 in the department.
Axel’s manager, Kent County Sheriff’s Deputy Krystal Stuart, recently shared memories of her time with Axel, who was more than a work partner to her.
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