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K-9 Officer Murphy From Monroe Wins 'Top Dog' Award At Competition

K-9 Murphy showing off his skills with handler Officer John McAulay at the Stephen A. Ketchum K-9 Challenge.
K-9 Murphy showing off his skills with handler Officer John McAulay at the Stephen A. Ketchum K-9 Challenge. Photo Credit: Facebook (Monroe Police Department)
K-9 Murphy, left, was "Top Dog" at the recent Stephen A. Ketchum K-9 Challenge.
K-9 Murphy, left, was "Top Dog" at the recent Stephen A. Ketchum K-9 Challenge. Photo Credit: Facebook (Monroe Police Department)
Officer John McAulay and K-9 Murphy receiving their "Top Dog" award at the Stephen A. Ketchum K-9 Challenge.
Officer John McAulay and K-9 Murphy receiving their "Top Dog" award at the Stephen A. Ketchum K-9 Challenge. Photo Credit: Facebook (Monroe Police Department)

MONROE, Conn. -- K-9 Murphy and his handler Officer John McAulay with the Monroe Police Department won top awards at the Stephen A. Ketchum K-9 Challenge.

The event held last month honored the memory of Steve Ketchum, a retired Newtown police officer, who died of cancer in March.

Attendees were asked to vote for "Top Dog." The police dog receiving the most votes would receive the award in honor of  Ketchum's contributions to the department.

The competition consisted of five events, and K-9 Murphy won the agility course, the gunfire course, the fastest dog competition and the overall "Top Dog" award.

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