Major, the Roseville police dog who was seriously injured in the line of duty, has been honored with a Medal of Valor during the Minnesota Public Safety Services Award project. The German shepherd was one of two law officers honored for demonstrating commitment to their profession or through courageous acts that go beyond the call of duty.
Sgt. Scott Downing of the Minneapolis Police Department also received a Medal of Valor, which is the highest of the statewide awards given annually by North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
Major suffered a collapsed lung, damage to his spinal cord and other injuries when he was stabbed by a suspect in November 2010. He underwent several surgeries and lost the use of his hind legs. He is retired and living with officer John Jorgensen.
Major's doctors at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital -- Nate Rose, Lisa Powell, Andrea Johnston and Kim Barrett -- received Awards of Merit for the care they provided to him.