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Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office new K9s named in memory of fallen officers

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies and the two new K9 employees. (Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office)
The Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies and the two new K9 employees. (Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office)(WJHG)
Published: May. 5, 2020 at 4:04 PM CDT
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The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has two new employees who are honoring two fallen brothers.

Tuesday, deputies introduced the office's newest K9s, Burt and Skip. They say the dogs are named after two officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2009, Burton "Burt" Lopez and Warren "Skip" York.

K9 Burt is a year and a half old Belgian Malinois from Hungary and is assigned to Handler Tony Costantini. K9 Skip is a 13 months old Belgian Malinois from Holland and is assigned to Handler Zachary Putnam.

In 2009, Deputies York and Lopez were shot while following a man who was wanted for a domestic dispute. York and Lopez were air-lifted to a nearby hospital, but died from their injuries. The suspect was killed in Walton County after a shoot out with deputies.

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