Police puppies named by son of officer killed in line of duty

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A litter of police puppies will be named by the son of an officer who was killed in the line of duty.

Ben Goodlad has been given the job of coming up with new names for five nine-week old puppies that were born on the same day the dog suite at West Yorkshire Police’s Carr Gate base was named after his dad, PC Mark Goodlad.

Sgt Rick Green said: “Each litter is assigned a letter of the alphabet and this one is the x litter. I’m pleased that Ben has agreed to name the puppies and I will be interested to see what names he comes up with for the four boys and one girl.

“These puppies are all destined to become Police Dogs and will being their training programme once they’re with their handlers.”

PC Goodlad, 41, was killed on the M1, near Crigglestone, in October 2011, as he helped the woman with a flat tyre.

Lorry driver Andrew Abernethy later pleaded guilty to causing his death after he strayed onto the hard shoulder of the motorway.

He was jailed for two years and nine months last November.