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Nero’s Law lets Mass. EMS providers treat, transport injured K-9 officers

The new law is named after a K-9 officer who was severely injured in a shooting where his partner, Sgt. Sean Gannon, was killed


Nero was seriously injured at the crime scene where his partner, Sgt. Sean Gannon, was killed.

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By Leila Merrill

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker signed “Nero’s Law” Tuesday. EMS providers in Massachusetts will be allowed to treat and transport injured K-9 officers as long as there are no people who need such help, CBS Boston reported.

The legislation was named after K-9 Officer Nero. The bill was inspired by Sgt. Sean Gannon, who died in a 2018 shooting at a crime scene. His K-9, Nero, was severely injured. Ambulances and crews were available but were legally prevented from helping the dog. Police officers had to rush him to an animal hospital in a cruiser. He survived.

“This law will help ensure the wellbeing of working dogs who risk their lives every day to keep us safe,” said Sen. Mark Montigny, lead sponsor of the bill. “I hope this provides some comfort to the Gannon family who fought tirelessly for this moment that will forever honor Sean and his fearless partner Nero.”