Service dog named in slain IMPD officer’s honor

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)  A fallen IMPD officer was honored in a different way on Tuesday. It’s the kind of honor IMPD Officer Perry Renn would have loved.

A 3-month-old puppy named Renn will honor Officer Renn. The yellow Golden Retriever Labrador mix puppy is being trained by the Indiana Canine Assistance Network, ICAN as it’s known, to become a service dog.

“Officer Renn was an avid dog lover. And the addition of this K-9 to the ICAN team will be a powerful reminder of the work Officer Renn did throughout his career,” said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

Officer Perry Renn was gunned down in July in an east side alley when he and another officer confronted Major Davis Junior. Police say, Davis was ordered to put his gun down, but didn’t.

“Everybody’s missing him but he lives a little bit now with a dog that will make a big difference in somebody’s life,” said Mayor Ballard.

Renn, will be trained to help those with disabilities. Trained, thru ICAN, by prisoners serving time in an Indiana correctional facility.

“It’s giving hope to people on both sides of the leash. The incarcerated individual who is training the dog. As well as the person living with the disability who will actually receive the dog,” said Jillian Miller Executive Director of ICAN.

Renn will get most of his training at the Indiana Women’s prison, where they’ve been training service dogs for a dozen years.

“Because we want him to grow up and do good work in the community just like officer Renn,” said Miller.

Lynn Renn, Officer Renn’s widow was on hand for the naming.  But didn’t want to speak publicly.

“It’s been a very difficult few months and I hope that this gesture in some small way helps all the healing that has to take place still.” said Mayor Ballard.

The naming took place at the North District Office, where Officer Renn worked. The Marion County Prosecutor is asking for the death penalty in the case. Suspect, Major Davis Junior is scheduled to have a pre-trial conference on December 5th. No date has yet been set for the trial to begin.

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