Over their eleven years together, Kitt and Officer Cushing had tremendous success and a positive impact in the community. In 2016, Kitt was awarded the Braintree Police Medal of Valor for his protection of several officers during an armed confrontation. In July of 2020, Kitt and Officer Cushing located the person responsible for a brazen shooting at the South Shore Plaza that resulted in serious injuries and a property lockdown. After an extensive canine track lasting over an hour, Kitt located and apprehended the suspect concealed in a densely vegetated swamp.
On the afternoon of June 4, 2021, the Braintree Police received a call regarding a domestic disturbance involving a firearm. K9 Officer Cushing and his partner K9 Kitt were called into service to assist. Officer Cushing, K9 Officer Richard Seibert, and Officer Matthew Donoghue entered the woods with Kitt to track the suspect. About 75 yards into the woods, Kitt and the officers were ambushed by the subject as they closed in on his hidden location. As the suspect repeatedly fired his weapon, K9 Kitt heroically advanced towards the subject, causing him to turn his attention away from the officers. During this exchange of gunfire, K9 Kitt, Officer Cushing and Officer Donoghue sustained several gunshot wounds. K9 Kitt did not survive his wounds, valiantly giving his life for the lives of his fellow officers.
Kitt leaves behind his beloved handler, Officer William Cushing Jr., his colleague K9 Lucky, and numerous admirers in and out of uniform. Services for K9 Kitt are being organized by Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home in Braintree. A memorial service for Kitt will be held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough at 1100 hours on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. The service will be limited to Uniformed Public Safety Personnel and invited guests.
Donations may be directed to the following funds:
• To support the injured officers: https://gofund.me/fcf5714e
• To support the Braintree Police K9 Unit: https://gofund.me/4c566fbf
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