DULUTH, MN – A Duluth dog park now bears the name of a K9 killed in an officer-involved shooting.
City leaders and community members came together Thursday afternoon to rename the dog park at the Gary New Duluth Recreation Center “The K9 Haas Memorial Dog Park.”
The dog park features a memorial for Haas and new signage.
Haas was shot and killed during a domestic dispute at a home on Skyline Parkway in January.
His human partner, 4-year-veteran Officer Aaron Haller was injured in the incident.
“Should Haas have not been there, I’m not sure Officer Haller would be with us, I’m not certain we wouldn’t have lost other officers,” Chief Mike Tusken said.
Officer Haller grew up playing in the Gary New Duluth neighborhood and says the dedication is an incredible honor for his late partner.
“This is kind of a good thing to help in some way to serve as a reminder. Not to sound too doom and gloom, but really, any day of the year, any call you go to as a cop, could be January 13th 2019, it’s the reality of what it is, to be a police officer,” Haller said.
Haller’s has a new K9 partner, Luna, who is a one-year-old Dutch Shepherd.
The Gary New Duluth Recreation Center also celebrated a new sport court and community garden during Thursday’s event.
The sport court was made possible thanks to a $50,000 grant from US Bank and the Vikings and another $25,000 from the Lloyd K Foundation.
A $100,000 from Canadian National Railway made the garden a reality.