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Cattle Drive kicks off Folsom Pro Rodeo, honors injured K-9 officer

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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FOLSOM CA - A four-legged K-9 officer shot last month by a suspect will be part of the Folsom Rodeo celebration. Bodie, of the Sacramento Police Department, was shot May 18 in the line of duty by a suspect attempting to flee from officers. He will ride with his handler in the June 28 Cattle Drive kick off to the rodeo. ?We appreciate the invitation,? said Sgt. Steve Oliveira, supervisor of the Sacramento Police K-9 unit. ?We?ve been getting support, cards, e-mails and calls from all over the world.? The shooting occurred in a Sacramento neighborhood. Suspect Lucas J. Webb, 33, of Chico, was armed and Bodie had been shot. That?s when the dog?s handler, Officer Randy Vandusen, opened fire, killing Webb. Bodie spent several days in the VCA Sacramento Veterinary Center where he received 24-hour care for injuries to his jaw and one of his paws. Although Bodie has several months of rehabilitation ahead of him, he is doing well and is recovering at home with his handler. Vandusen, who is not permitted to speak to the media at this time, posted an update recently on the Folsom Police K-9 Officers Association?s FaceBook page. He wrote that he has spent every day and night with his partner since he returned home and continues to see improvement in Bodie. ?Tonight when I walked in our kennel, he wagged his tail nonstop and jumped up on me to put his paws on my shoulder and licked my face! That?s a long way from driving him to the vet with lights and sirens and begging him to hold on,? Vandusen wrote. ?He truly saved my life in that back yard that day and I can?t thank him enough! Please keep Bodie in your thoughts for a speedy recovery. We?re looking forward to being out there catching bad guys soon.? Officials expect Bodie to be able to return to work by the end of the year. Ella Simmons, of El Dorado Hills, said it is good to hear of the support the community is giving to Bodie. ?He?s an officer of the law, and we need to support all of them,? she said. ?To honor Bodie in the parade is simply awesome.? The Cattle Drive begins at 6 p.m., June 28, in Historic Folsom. * * * cattle drive When: 6 p.m., Thursday, June 28 Where: Sutter Street, Folsom Info: FolsomProRodeo.com