VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - On Wednesday the Volusia County Sheriff's Office released information in regards to the memorial that will be held Friday, December 9th for the K-9 that was shot and killed during a standoff with a suspect on November 22nd.
Our fallen, four-legged crime-fighting hero, K-9 Forest will receive his final honors during a memorial service on Friday. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office service dog was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 22, 2016 while attempting to subdue an armed suspect.
The tribute will begin Friday morning with a processional starting in Deltona, where Forest served. His K-9 handler, Deputy Brandon Ellis, will lead the processional consisting of K-9 units from the Sheriff's Office and local police departments.
The processional will depart from Deltona at noon (see processional route below) for a 13.4-mile journey to the memorial site, the Tommy Lawrence Arena at the Volusia County Fairgrounds on East New York Avenue in DeLand.
The memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Speakers will include Sheriff Ben Johnson, Deputy Ellis, Deltona K-9 Unit Supervisor Sergeant Brodie Hughes and Senior Deputy Michael Webb, who's the lead instructor for the Sheriff's Office's K-9 Unit. The service will include a helicopter flyover and 21-gun salute honoring K-9 Forest as he reports to his final watch.
Friday's memorial service is open to the public. Residents are also encouraged to render honors to K-9 Forest by lining up along the processional route as it passes through Deltona.
Memorial Procession Route
The processional will begin at the Deltona Plaza, 1200 Deltona Blvd., and will proceed along the following route:
Deltona Boulevard to Normandy Boulevard, right onto Normandy Boulevard, left onto Providence Boulevard (passing the Sheriff's Office's Deltona headquarters and City Hall), left onto Howland Boulevard, right onto Catalina Drive, left onto Lake Helen-Osteen Road and through the city limits to Prevatt Avenue and the entrance to the Volusia County Fairgrounds in DeLand.
Access to the memorial service
Use Prevatt Avenue to access the event venue.
A K-9 Forest Memorial Fund has been established. Donations can be made at any TD Bank in Volusia County, or by mailing a check payable to the VCSO Charity Committee, Inc.
The mailing address is:
Volusia County Sheriff's Office Civil Section
250 N. Beach Street #117
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Donations also can be made on-line at the official YouCaring fundraising page: https://www.youcaring.com/vcsok9forest-709423