Kenzo, Palm Beach County “hero” dog, has his day at Capitolby John Kennedy | December 10th, 2013
Kenzo, a black German shepherd who took two bullets and saved the lives of two Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies, was honored Tuesday by Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet, who recognized the dog as a “hero.”
Kenzo, 10 1/2 years old, is now retired from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department. Deputy Rich Klaysmat, who cares for Kenzo, accompanied him to Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.
“He has a peaceful life now, I take him to the park,” Klaysmat
said. “He could still do the job. But he just doesn’t have the stamina.”
Kenzo in June 2012 saved his handler and a lieutenant when authorities were dispatched to a chaotic scene at a mobile home park near Greenacres. A man with a gun had killed his girlfriend and, when confronted by deputies, fired 40 rounds at them and Kenzo.
One bullet went through Kenzo, another struck his chest. Sheriff’s Lt. Richard Burdick was treated and recovered for a gunshot wound to the thigh.
Kenzo also bounced back from his injuries, Klaysmat said.
“He’s a good dog,” Klaysmat said. “He certainly deserves this honor.”