Wiping away tears and occasionally breaking down, the handler of a Long Beach police dog killed in a shootout said Tuesday the animal saved officers’ lives the night he died.
Ranger, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, will be honored during a funeral service Wednesday. His ashes will be buried at the Long Beach Police Academy, next to three other Long Beach police dogs killed in the line of duty.
Mike Parcells, a 12-year veteran police officer, said Ranger was also a part of his family. He broke down in tears as he described how his two sons would often sneak hot dogs to Ranger.
“My 5-year-old likes to feed the dogs with me, so he went out and brought two bowls and brought them in. I said, ‘What are you doing?’ He said, ‘This one’s for Ranger.’ I said, ‘Baby, Ranger’s not coming home.”