German Shepherd Monument
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Shortly after the original Marine Museum commission, there was an inquiry about a monument to represent service dogs. 'Service Sentinel' was a perfect fit, and so one was cast and shipped to Florida.
|'Service Sentinel'- Life Size German Shepherd Monument |
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The Drake Memorial
Simmons Veterinary Hospital
In conjunction with the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office, Florida Highway Patrol, and other
tri-county police agencies; as well as many staff, friends, family, clients, local businesses and
corporate sponsors this ceremony was a full memorial service befitting of any veteran.
The Drake Memorial incorporates a life-sized, bronze statue of Drake which sits atop a 20 foot
granite base with the American flag and an eternal flame. We honor our K9 Officers who died, whether
in the line of duty, of natural causes while actively employed, or in retirement, by etching their
names on plaques mounted on the base of the monument. It's meaning, however, is much more than
We are working hard to change legislation to classify these great heroes from "equipment" to K9
Officers. The Drake Memorial will serve as a permanent location to commemorate our fallen K9
Officers annually during Law Enforcement Memorial Month in May.
In addition to the Drake Memorial, Dr. Simmons is working together with many organizations and local
politicians to create a bill relating to quality of life care and treatment of K-9 Police Officers
both during their service and after retirement. Typically, retired working dogs are cared for by
their handlers and the costs involved with medical conditions as they age can be quite significant.
Usually those costs fall on the shoulders of the handler and we want to be able to help.
Drake's passing was not in vain. What started as a veterinarian's compassion for his patient
evolved into a much larger mission. The Drake Memorial project will ensure that our working dogs
receive recognition at their "End of Watch" and is the start of a campaign to lobby for legislation
that will create a K-9 Bill of Rights.
K-9 Bill of Rights
• Change the classification of our working police dog from "equipment" to K-9 Officers.
• Provide Medical Benefits for retired K-9 Officers to include veterinary care, food and other items
for their well-being for the remainder of the dog's life.
• K9 Officers will receive the benefits of safety equipment while on the job including bullet proof
vests, paw protectors and other equipment to help them in their daily job functions.
• Provide cremation and memorial services for all K-9 Officers.