The Bellevue Police Department's newest canine officer is named for a dog-loving Colorado trooper killed in the line of duty.
The Bellevue, Nebraska, police department named its newest canine officer "Mo" to honor a fallen police officer from Colorado.
According to a Facebook post by the department, Mo is a Goldendoodle—born in May. He will eventually become a certified therapy dog providing emotional support to officers and citizens during traumatic events, interviews, and community outreach events.
Mo is named for Colorado State Patrol Master Trooper Will Modén, who was killed on June 14, 2019, while investigating a crash on Interstate-70 in Deer Trail. According to news reports, Modén had parked his cruiser on the right shoulder of the highway and was standing in the left traffic lane documenting evidence of the crash when he was struck by a Ford F-250. The driver of the truck indicated he pulled to the left when he saw the police activity on the right side of the road, not realizing the officer was working in that lane. He remained at the scene and was not charged.
Modén had been with CSP for 12 years. He loved dogs and helping people, said the Bellevue Police Department.
Mo will live on a farm while he's off duty, enjoying time with two canine brothers, two human sisters, horses, chickens, and barn cats. He will also be training for his official role with Officer Ashley Meyers, a former Colorado State Trooper who knew Modén. She said the pup shows signs of living up to his namesake, who was larger than life and loved his job and helping people.
Mo was donated to the department by Midwest Puppy LLC, and Walmart in Bellevue donated money to cover expenses for training, equipment, and food, the department said.
In the comments, leave a shout-out to Mo and some encouragement to the little pup who has some big shoes to fill.