The Connecticut State Police posthumously awarded its first-ever K9 Medal of Valor to Broko, a devoted police dog tragically killed last month while attempting to apprehend a fleeing suspect.
Known for his unwavering dedication, Broko played a pivotal role in safeguarding the lives of state troopers and officers on December 21, as they sought to serve a warrant to Vaughn R.
Malloy, 42, relating to a 2022 shooting incident. The situation ultimately led to the fatal shooting of Malloy by the police.
During the memorial ceremony, organized by the state police, Ronnell Higgins, Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, expressed heartfelt sentiments, describing Broko not merely as a pet but as a genuine hero.
Higgins emphasized Broko’s selflessness and loyalty, asserting that the canine’s actions protected troopers and law enforcement throughout his illustrious career.
Connecticut Honors First K9 Martyr with Valor Medal
Trooper First Class Gregory Fascendini, who had been Broko’s handler since 2020, fondly recounted the remarkable efficiency of his canine companion. Fascendini marveled at Broko’s dedication and proficiency, humorously remarking, “At times, he was so dedicated and good at his job, I would just consider myself his chauffeur.”
Broko’s sacrifice marks a somber milestone, as he becomes the first Connecticut State Police dog to lose his life in the line of duty due to gunfire.
A preliminary report from the state’s Office of Inspector General disclosed that Malloy, the suspect, fired multiple rounds at Broko and the pursuing troopers, ultimately leading to the canine’s tragic demise.
The incident unfolded after Malloy fled from a residence in the Pawcatuck section of Stonington, situated near the Rhode Island state line.
As Connecticut mourns the loss of Broko, the K9 Medal of Valor stands as a poignant tribute to the indomitable spirit and unwavering commitment of a four-legged hero who valiantly served in the pursuit of justice.