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Leesburg Police Department K9 named after dispatcher

K9 Riley is named after Sherry Riley, a dispatcher with the Leesburg Police department for 18 years, who passed away earlier this year.

LEESBURG, Va. — The Leesburg Police Department has just named its new K9 officer. Say hello to K9 Riley. He's a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois. 

Riley is named in memory of Leesburg Police Dispatcher Sherry Riley, who passed away earlier this year. Sherry was a member of the police department for 18 years.

The police department said Sherry was a Leesburg native who previously worked with the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Department. 

"Sherry left behind a legacy of kindness and compassion for helping others, and we are grateful that we each got to share part of our lives with her," the police department said in a Facebook post. 

K9 Riley got his name through a community vote. The name Riley received 87% of the vote. Other names in contention were Lucky and Rocky. 

The new K9 officer and his handler, Officer Bobby Hall, will complete a basic training course. Upon graduation, the two will be assigned to the Field Operations Division.

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