Lawrence police K-9 to be honored by Board of Education

K-9 Axel. (Photo: MSD of Lawrence Township)

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, Ind. (WTHR) – A police K-9 for Lawrence Township will be receiving a special honor next week.

K-9 Axel will be honored by the Board of Education of the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township during a board meeting April 22.

Axel was bred in the Netherlands and learned commands in Dutch as well as silent hand signals. Axel has also been deployed in Afghanistan with the U.S. military for two tours as a patrol and narcotics detection K-9.

In 2015, Axel came to Lawrence Township to live with handler and Lawrence Police Officer, Matt Hickey.

Axel is one of two K-9s of Lawrence Township. This is the first school district in the nation to be home to two police K-9s.

Axel has also been recognized by the Historic Benjamin Harrison American Legion and has received a Lifetime Honorary membership to the American Legion, as well as the American Legion Medal of Valor.