By Bob Allen

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police officers from around the region were on the North Shore Saturday for the dedication of a new statue honoring slain K-9 officer Rocco.

The statue was unveiled at the corner of North Shore Drive and Art Rooney Way, near Heinz Field.

The statue was created by Pittsburgh artist Susan Wagner, who also created the bronze statues of Roberto Clemente and other legends around PNC Park.

Rocco is the police dog who was killed in January 2014 while trying to help take down convicted sex offender John Rush, who was wanted in connection with a violent home invasion.

Rush allegedly stabbed the 8-year-old German Shepherd with a 5-inch blade in the back. Rocco fought to survive, but ultimately died shortly after the stabbing.

Rocco’s death even led to the creation of Rocco’s Law, which increased penalties for killing a police K-9 officer.

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