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Police Honor K-9 Companion Killed in Line of Duty

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Police Honor K-9 Companion Killed in Line of Duty

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Police Honor K-9 Companion Killed in Line of Duty

Police Honor K-9 Companion Killed in Line of Duty

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Stryker, shown with his handler, Officer Kedrick Sadler of the Oceanside Police Department, died in the line of duty after chasing down a suspect on New Year's Eve. Courtesy of Oceanside Police Department hide caption

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Stryker, shown with his handler, Officer Kedrick Sadler of the Oceanside Police Department, died in the line of duty after chasing down a suspect on New Year's Eve.

Courtesy of Oceanside Police Department

Oceanside Police Department in San Diego, Calif., had a memorial service this week for Stryker, a police dog killed in the line of duty after a dramatic chase on New Year's Eve.

A chase involving a suspected drunken driver ended in a standoff on San Diego's Coronado Bay Bridge. The suspect jumped off the bridge — with Stryker attached — and fell 200 feet into the water. Stryker did not survive the fall, but the suspect did.

Police Lt. Fred Armijo says the type of memorial service held Monday at Camp Pendleton is not unusual for police dogs, and it drew K-9 officers from all over the San Diego area.

Armijo talks with Melissa Block.