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May 23, 2013 3:00 PM by Ben Lloyd - blloyd@kristv.com

Fallen Marine From Orange Grove to be Honored in Miami

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Miami International Airport will honor an Orange Grove, Texas native killed by a enemy sniper fire while serving in Afghanistan.

Marine Lance Corporal Colton Rusk died while on patrol with his K9 partner, Eli, clearing an improvised explosive device on December 6, 2010.

On Friday, May 31st, Rusk's family will be on hand in Miami as the new K9 training area at the airport is dedicated in his honor. The facility is used by the Miami-Dade Police Department's Airport District.

Additionally, a Department of Defense K9 named CColton will be certified during the ceremony. That's not a typo. All the dogs are given double letters at the beginning of their names.

The dogs coming out of the Department of Defense training program at Lackland Air Force Base are named after fallen soldiers.

Lance Corporal Rusk is buried at the Orange Grove cemetery. His family was allowed to adopt Eli when the black labrador retriever was retired from military service in 2011.

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    Colton Rusk with Eli
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    Ccolton with partner Ofc Dominguez (courtesy: DoD Military Working Dog Breeding Program)
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