Boynton police officer, Army veteran died Monday while exercising

Officer Crowder

Officer Crowder

A 14-year veteran of the Boynton Beach Police Department died Monday night while on an evening run.

Officer Joseph Crowder died from a medical episode, said police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater. Further details were not released.

Crowder was a K9 officer who worked with Iro, a 4-year-old Czech-Shepherd. Before Iro, Crowder worked with Daxxx, who retired last year for health reasons.

Crowder was also a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, Slater said.

“Joe was a truly kind, dedicated and courageous police officer. We will miss his beautiful smile and tender heart. We love you, Joe, and promise to keep watch over your family. Rest easy, brother,” Slater wrote on the police department’s Facebook page.

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