American Legion honors K-9 for police, military service

K-9 Axel served two tours in Afghanistan before coming to Lawrence. (WTHR photo)
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LAWRENCE, Ind. (WTHR) - A police K-9 was honored by the American Legion in Lawrence for his lifetime of service.

Lawrence Police K-9 Axel served two tours in Afghanistan and now spends his time sniffing out trouble around Lawrence Township schools, while lending a paw to the police department.

American Legion Post 510 welcomed Axel as an honorary lifetime member Tuesday. He was also presented the Legion Medal of Valor for his service.

Axel came to the district through a grant after being retired from military service.

"For him to come back and serve his local community here in Lawrence and to be able to work in the school system with the students every day, it just puts a lot of meaning in his life. That's what he lives for, really," said Lawrence Police Ofc. Matt Hickey.

When not in schools or helping out Lawrence Police, you can find Axel mingling with veterans at his American Legion post.