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NEW YORK (AP) — The brother of a New York City police officer killed 30 years ago says a newly-minted police dog standing guard at his memorial mass was named in honor of the slain officer.

The New York Post reports the German shepherd named Eddie sat quietly outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral Wednesday during the memorial mass for Officer Edward Byrne. NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters Lawrence Byrne says the dog was named after his brother to make sure people never forget.

Eddie is a special K-9 unit trained to detect and deter suicide bombers.

Edward Byrne was shot in the head while sitting in a patrol car on Feb. 26, 1988. He was protecting a witness who had agreed to testify about drug activity.

About 500 people attended the memorial.


Information from: New York Post,