It is with great sadness that we regretfully inform you of the line of duty death of Miami Gardens Police Canine Max.
On the evening of September 12, 2013 Officer Christopher Bezio and his canine partner Max responded to assist Operations personnel who were responding to a reported burglary in progress at 740 NW 176th Terrace.
Upon arrival officers believed that the subjects were still inside the residence. In an effort to confirm their presence, Officer Bezio deployed his canine partner Max and brought him to a jalousie window that appeared to be a potential access point. During this deployment a glass panel above Max collapsed, causing a severe laceration to one of his ears.
Max was immediately transported to Hollywood Animal Hospital where Veterinarians performed surgical procedures to repair the laceration. During this procedure, Max’s cardio vascular system failed and all revival measures were unsuccessful.
Canine Max was assigned to Officer Bezio on May 19, 2009 and he has served the City of Miami Gardens meritoriously as a certified apprehension and explosive ordinance detection K9 until his death on this date. Max will be deeply missed by Officer Bezio, our K9 Unit, the entire Miami Gardens Police Department family.
Information on the particulars of a memorial service will be forthcoming.
Agency: Miami Gardens Police Department
Cause: Accident LODD
Tour: 4 Years
EOW: Thursday, September 12, 2013