Pittsburgh police dog Rocco remembered as a hero
Officer Phil Lerza sobbed.
He exited the glass double doors and walked away from the building.
Inside, his fellow Pittsburgh police officers lined the hallways of the veterinary office, some in their uniforms, others sporting green canine unit sweatshirts, as he was.
They had just lost one of their own — and Officer Lerza had lost his partner.
Canine Rocco died at 6:17 p.m. Thursday at the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Ohio Township “after a good fight,” Zone 2 Cmdr. Eric Holmes said. The 8-year-old German shepherd was stabbed Tuesday night while apprehending a suspect.