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Memorial service planned for GPD K9 Gio

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Greenville police say K9 officer Gio made the arrest Friday. (Source: Greenville Police Dept. Facebook) Greenville police say K9 officer Gio made the arrest Friday. (Source: Greenville Police Dept. Facebook)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenville police will hold a memorial service for a K9 officer that was hit and killed by a car on Saturday.

K9 Gio was off duty when he jumped out of an officer's personal vehicle he rode in and was hit by a passing car along Woodruff and Scuffletown roads, dying from his injuries.

Gio was a valued member of the department, who recently made the news when he caught an inmate escapee in March.

The department will hold the service at 10 a.m. on Friday in front of the law enforcement center in downtown Greenville. They are asking people to donate to the Greenville Police K9 Fund in lieu of flowers.

The canine officer assisted in many arrests during his time with the department and completed several successful tracks.

Officer Johnathan Bragg said they are looking into getting a new K9 to bring the unit back to regular staffing.

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