Pembroke Pines, FL – The City of Pembroke Pines honored K-9 Officer Craig Rupp on Saturday June 2, 2018 at 10 a.m. at 9751 Johnson Street by renaming the Johnson Street Dog Park after the long time officer.
Joined by members of the Rupp family, both the Pembroke Pines Police and Fire departments, the City Commission and residents within the Pembroke Pines community gathered together to celebrate the event which marked the one-year anniversary of Officer Rupp’s passing. Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis officially renamed the park “Craig Rupp Dog Park,” and a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the dedication of a new plaque were part of the morning celebration. The plaque was unveiled in front of more than 300 guests who also enjoyed light refreshments following the ceremony.
The park on Johnson Street surrounds the neighborhoods that officer Rupp regularly patrolled over the course of his career. He had retired from the Pembroke Pines Police Department after 25+ years of service the year prior to his passing, but stayed involved with the department as a reserve police officer. Officer Rupp was 46 and survived by his wife, Erika and two daughters, Madison and Olivia. He worked as a K-9 Officer and Trainer for more than a decade with his canine partners Falco and Bullit.