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Honoring Kitt’s Sacrifice

Providing relief to violently injured K9 teams around the country, raising awareness, continuing the education and training of handlers, while ensuring K9 teams are appropriately equipped to be the “Guardian the Guardians.

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K9 Kitt’s Story

On June 4th, 2021, Braintree Police Officer William “Bill” Cushing and his partner K9 Kitt, in their 10th year together, entered a wood line in Braintree searching for an armed suspect with 2 backup officers. After countless successful tracks and searches leading to the discovery and apprehension of suspects, this track would be Bill and Kitt’s last together. Upon the location of the suspect, K9 Kitt advanced into a hail of gunfire from the man. Of the 9 bullets fired at the officers, K9 Kitt was struck by 3 bullets, Officer Cushing was struck by 5 bullets, and backup Officer Donoghue was struck with 1 round. K9 Kitt absorbed the first 3 rounds fired as he advanced on the gunman, creating time and distraction which allowed Officer Cushing, Officer Donoghue, and Officer Seibert to return fire and fatally eliminate the ongoing threat. K9 Kitt lost his life during the encounter while “guarding the guardians” of society. Officer Cushing lost his partner and closest friend in that Braintree wood line but was able to recover from his wounds and advance forward, as K9 Kitt did that June day.

In the wake of K9 Kitt’s loss and as a memorial to his service, Officer William Cushing organized a Board of Directors and established the K9 Kitt Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 in June of 2022. The K9 Kitt Foundation will serve as a facilitator, connecting members of the public interested in providing support to K9 Teams around the country who work tirelessly to serve communities and their front-line policing partners who demonstrate a need for assistance. “From great loss, comes great gain”.

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Officers & Directors


President & Founder | William Cushing Jr.
Chief Veterinary Officer | Dr. Dan Herbert
Chief Training Officer | Fred Viola
Treasurer | Sean Powers
Secretary | Kay Young


Mark O’Reilly
Kenneth Murphy
Geoffrey Lucas
Brian McLaughlin
Gerald Ridge Jr.
Gary Ross

K9 Kitt in the News

  • Honoring Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna
    Today we remember and honor the life of Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna who was killed in the line of duty five years ago. We also honor and remember the life of Vera Adams, an innocent person killed by the…
  • Running for K9 Kitt – Falmouth Road Race July 26, 2023
    Mark your calendars for a great event supporting several local runners who’ll be running the Falmouth Road Race this year to support the foundation. Wednesday, July 26 6-9 PM at the roof deck at Alba Quincy. Info in the below…
  • Noelle Humphries of Peace Paw Prints Presents Drawings of K9 Kitt and K9 Lucky
    Our founder and President Billy Cushing was honored to accept this framed drawing of K9 Lucky (L) and K9 Kitt (R), beautifully drawn by Noelle Humphries of Peace Paw Prints @paw.prints77. Noelle specializes in pencil drawings of animals. She wanted…

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