Lesley sat by my side. Some days it’s hard to say what a dog is thinking. Today, I know she knows something is different. She’s having fun, playing with her jutte, but she knows today is different. I guess I haven’t really gotten to know her personally but I knew her in passing. She’s always been a happy dog that everyone loved being around. She loved to bite people and she loved to sniff for bombs. She saw some action in the middle east. I guess we all did. It was just something you did during the years we served. Tomorrow, Lesley, will be put down at the age of 12. She served her handlers and her country well. These dogs, they never knew what they did. They never knew they saved their handler’s lives. They never knew the lives they saved, but they did. And they were happy. Lesley’s still by my side. We’ll probably play all night until she’s tired. I’ll miss her tomorrow. She was such a good dog.

God bless the K-9s. Each and every one.

We are proud to honor fallen K-9′s. If you would like to submit your account describing your heroic partner for the Memorial Page, e-mail a picture and your story to us at K9allpro@k9handler.com

Tribute to K9 Robby

K9 Robby

If you could kindly add our pictures of Robby, he was a partner to my Husband Officer Lee Bower in Portsmouth, Ohio.
He was a strong and loyal partner to Lee and a playful and protective dog/son to me and my son Evan.

It has been two weeks since we lost Robby. He started showing signs of illness only two days before we found out he had cancer. We were told he only had a couple of days to live…… What? This was a nightmare, he was just playing ball in the backyard with Evan on Monday and we were having to let him go on Thursday.

Thank you, for your website, you have helped the pain dull and the smile come back. We will always keep Robby in our hearts.

We miss you Gray Ghost.
Michele Bower
Police K9 Robby with his partner, Officer Bower


SAR SallyMae

SallyMae was a dedicated Redbone/Walker Coonhound in Search and Rescue. She found three Alzheimer people and a homicide cadaver in the Arizona Desert. In her later years, she made countless trips to Schools from Pre-School to High School to pass along “Stranger Danger” and how not to get lost and what to do if you do get lost. She made her trip across the Rainbow Bridge on 30 May 2008 due to cancer.

She will be remembered as a sweet, intelligent and dedicated K-9.

Paul Cartter, Handler
Southwest Rescue Dogs, Inc.
Tucson, Arizona


MWD Denny

Denny, an 11 year old all black German Shepherd, was assigned to the 8th Security Forces Squadron at Kunsan AB, South Korea. Working in South Korea as a dual certified Military Working Dog, Denny was an explosive detector, patrol dog and a great partner to ride around with. Everybody knew him to be kind, friendly and loving, though not much of a working dog. That’s not such a bad thing, it just made the nights dealing with drunks very interesting!

I arrived at South Korea in December 2006 and was paired up with MWD Denny A265. He accepted me right away and thereafter we were inseparable. Denny was the hardest dog I ever worked, which made me a better handler. One would think, being an older dog, he would be “push button”, not so much. Denny was his own dog. If he wanted to work, he would be spot on, if he wanted to play, well, you wouldn’t be finding any bombs that day. I worked Denny for about 6 months before I had his eyes checked for night blindness, kept running into things. Sadly, it was enough of a medical problem that he needed to be retired.

dennyIn December of 2007, after pulling most of my hair out from the adoption process, I was able to take him home. Our first stop was Minnesota where he met my family. Denny was loved by everyone the minute they met him. The next stop was my new base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Enjoying retired life, Denny spent his days lying on the couch watching Animal Planet. He ate really well and was always getting some nice snacks. Anytime I made steak, or any meat, I made enough for my buddy.

Unfortunately, Denny developed a neurological disorder in his lower back and spine. When his legs would give out, he felt no pain, just got back up and continued on. I looked into surgery and treatment, but nothing could be done. Denny lived 7 months longer as a happy go lucky old dog. On 29 July 2008, unable to let him suffer from what he couldn’t fight any longer, I had to put Denny down. I like to think that Denny is now running around up in heaven peeing on the clouds. I miss and love you buddy. You won’t be forgotten. Here is a poem that I think is really appropriate.

“He is your friend, Your partner, Your defender, Your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.”

Miss you pal.

Very Respectfully-
SSgt Joel M. Townsend
Military Working Dog Handler


K9 Britta

Britta, My K9 Partner

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that my partner, K9 Britta, went to be with God on Saturday, April 12th 2008 at 6:30 PM. She became acutely ill and was taken into the ICU. Britta died peacefully with me and Cathy at her side.

Britta was a wonderful dog and brought many good times and laughs to our family. As a Drug Detection K9 with the Castroville Police Department, she sent several people to jail, but still wanted to find the “big load”. Britta entered service in March 2004. She was certified by the NNDDA, TLECA (Texas Law Enforcement Canine Association) and UWDA (United Working Dog Association) as a Narcotic Detection Dog. Britta was acquired from Lackland Air Force Base, shortly after her arrival from Germany, where she was born in 2002.

I will forever miss her big, beautiful almond eyes and sloppy kisses. I will miss her excitement as she watched me get my uniform on, knowing all the while that she would have her patrol harness on soon. Britta would prance around in front of the other dogs, as if to say “yeah, I have a job and get to go with daddy to work”. Britta worked so hard and had so much fun while searching, it motivated me as well. She was also loved by the children in our elementary schools, where we did several demonstrations.

Britta will be missed by those that knew her personally and it gives me a good feeling to know that she touched so many lives in such a positive manner.

Good bye my sweet pup. Go and play ball forever in the yard. I will pet you again someday.

Officer Eamon Shoff


K9 Stryker

On 12-31-07 at 1844 hours, Officer Sadler and his faithful partner “Stryker” were on patrol in the area of Oceanside, California, when Officer Sadler saw a vehicle driving erratically. Officer Sadler got behind the suspect’s vehicle and activated his overhead emergency lights. The driver refused to stop – then fled. A dangerous vehicle pursuit then took place. The madman took officers down Interstate 76 and down I-5 South.

During the pursuit, the suspect crashed into numerous vehicles injuring innocent people. The suspect finally ended the pursuit by crashing his vehicle on the Coronado Bay Bridge. At 1944 hours, the suspect jumped from his crushed vehicle and fled on foot. Officers gave chase. Officer Sadler exited his patrol vehicle with “Stryker” by his side. Officers and the suspect were standing on a bridge which was 200 feet high, windy and had low guardrails.

Fearing for the safety of the officers and his own safety, Officer Sadler was forced to release “Stryker” to protect the officers. Without hesitation “Stryker” ventured forward and made contact with the suspect. “Stryker” bravely attempted to apprehend the suspect, without concern for his own safety.

During the struggle, the suspect was able to get to his feet and ran for the side of the bridge. With “Stryker” still attached to his arm, the suspect jumped the railing and fell from the 200 foot bridge…

Sadly “Stryker” did not survive the fall to the water below.

“Stryker” was a proud Belgian Malinois, born on 8/11/01 in a town called Viels Maisons, France. His original name was “Stike Des prairies D’amandel. “Stryker’s” Father was named J-D III De la Horne Du Cheval Rouge (France), His Mother was Ronie De la piece De Lassault and his Breeder was Jean-Marc Delplanque.

During his career as a Guardian of the Night, “Stryker” and Officer Sadler completed hundreds of field and building searches looking for suspects. “Stryker” had numerous apprehensions of dangerous felonious suspects. “Stryker” protected his partner and officers on several hundred calls. The streets and nights were safer when “Stryker” was on the job, serving and protecting the citizens of Oceanside. At the time of this incident, Officer Sadler was an Officer for 7 years. Officer Sadler said the times he felt the safest, even in the worst of times, was when “Stryker” was by his side…

“There was no safer feeling when I was walking down a dark alley, gun in one hand, “Stryker” in the other… heart beating so hard, knowing the murder suspect you were chasing was down the alley with nothing to loose. I could look down into those brown eyes… I just knew everything was going to be okay.” “Stryker” gave his life doing what he love – protecting Officer Sadler and the other officers on that bridge that night.

“Stryker” gave his last breath making sure none of the officers would be forced to fight the suspect and he kept officers from being exposed to a deadly force confrontation. “Stryker” gave his life to save his partner’s. “Stryker” made the ultimate, selfless sacrifice, to make sure all the officers on that bridge were able to go home in the morning – able to hug their love ones, kiss their wives, husbands, children…

Some people may ask, “Why do you like working a dog?” That question is hard to answer. How do you explain the joy of the fur on the uniform, the slobber all over the patrol car, the barking in you ear when you are trying to listen to the radio. The warmth of that furry face against yours as you drive down the road, after he has gotten the kennel gate open. How do you explain the comfort he gives you when walking the dark streets with your fatefully partner by your side. How do you explain going call to call, having fun all the way.

Some may say he was “Just a Dog” but then why would it be, when you spell dog backwards, God is what you see. “Stryker” had many jobs, one was protecting officers’ lives, and making sure people were safe when that prowler was out at night. “Stryker” protected his partner’s life with his life until the job was done. Even though his life was cut short and “Stryker” died in the line of duty, he is now with our Lord; sharing in heaven’s beauty… off the mean streets. No more bad guys to chase; “Stryker” is now back home; in heaven… cradled in God’s arm’s; and covered with His love.

We’ll light a candle for “Stryker” in the dark of night in loving memory of his life and the sacrifice he made. Day by day Officer Sadler and “Stryker” did what they did best; his four paws never seem to rest. He always did what was asked, seeming to enjoy every task. “Stryker” was more than a partner, “Stryker” was a best friend, and he always will be.

“Stryker” died a hero on December 31, 2007 at 1944 hours… He will be greatly missed… not only by his partner and by the officers of the Oceanside Police Department, but by all of the officers and deputies that are a part of the brotherhood.

Rest in Peace old faithful friend you will never be forgotten…

Richard North, Deputy Sheriff/K-9
San Diego County Sheriff’s Department


K9 Cheiko

I am sorry to report that Skiatook Police Department K-9 Cheiko passed away on 02/08/08. He was an officer for 7 years and had a short battle with cancer leading to his death. K-9 Cheiko worked on the streets, in the schools and is responsible for many pounds of narcotics being removed from the streets. He was also responsible for numerous tracks that resulted in criminal apprehensions, as well as locating lost children. He was loved by the community he served, the officers he worked with and the handlers that were closest to him. He is gone but never forgotten.

K-9 Cheiko
09/17/1999- 02/08/2008

Shane Thompson #138
Skiatook Police Department


K9 Maysee

K-9 Maysee Anderson. She was born October 1, 1994 in Dallas, Texas. Her life was cut short on January 29, 2008, by a careless and reckless driver.

She was purchased by the Raymore Police Department for their newly established K-9 unit. K-9 Maysee was named after the Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy, Kevin Mayse, who was killed in the line of duty. K-9 Maysee was highly trained and was capable of detecting all forms of narcotics and was also trained in the tracking of suspects and lost persons.

She was so dedicated to the search and seizure of drugs, that she had made some of the biggest drug seizures in Cass County history. She was always best in class and a lot of her success was due to the bond that was created between handler and canine. This bond went beyond the standard trainer/dog relationship. She was a partner, loyal friend, protector, and literally gave solid meaning to the word’s “man’s best friend”. When her partner and trainer left Raymore, she left with him. She retired to a life of leisure and table scraps in August of 2003. Her memory will live on in the hearts and minds of her family. She is gone – but NEVER forgotten.


K9 Zeus

I am sad to report that my K-9 partner Zeus has recently retired after eight years of service with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Zeus and I worked together for almost two years and he assisted me as a School Resource Officer. During my time working with Zeus, we assisted our Narcotics Unit with several search warrants and several pounds of illegal narcotics were removed from the streets. Zeus loved being around the students at the school as much as they loved having him there.

Zeus is 10 years old and due to some medical conditions will have to be put down sometime in the next few weeks. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

Will Brewton
Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy
K-9 Unit/ School Resource Officer.


K9 Lobo

On 11/06/07 the Pasadena Police Department (TX) K-9 Unit sadly laid to rest K-9 Lobo, who passed away unexpectedly after a year long battle with cancer. Lobo served the Pasadena Police Department with distinction and loyalty until the day he died. He was never known as the strongest, smartest or fastest police K-9, but if you knew him you could NEVER doubt his loyalty and commitment to me. Lobo would have gone through the gates of hell if I would have asked him to find the “man”. Lobo was not just my partner, he was a friend and family member — and he will be greatly missed!

K-9 Officer Val Tang
Pasadena Police Department



MWD Cooper

My name is SSG Robbins, and I’m an Engineer Specialized Search Dog (SSD) handler currently in Iraq. Recently we had a team that was killed in action. Maybe you heard of them already. It was CPL Kory Wiens, and his SSD Cooper. They were searching for weapons caches here in Iraq when they were killed by an IED. Now I know that your Memorial Page is dedicated to the K9′s, but I thought I would send you a picture of the team anyway and would like to know if you could post it somewhere on your web page. Thank you.

It is our honor to post this on our website and our thoughts and prayers are with CPL. Wiens’ loved ones. – Editor


K9 Niro

Today I had to say goodbye to my friend for the last time. He had long since hung up his patrol lead and transitioned into retirement. Over the last few months his health has declined. He has been a good friend and always had a happy look on his face when we would play or when he would just see me. I loved him and my family loved him. He and I worked together as a team and he was my first partner. I will always remember the time we spent together in my patrol car and will cherish his memory forever. Today I said goodbye to Niro, Van Alstyne Police Department’s K-9 from 2001-2003 and my dear friend.



K9 Bobbi

Police K-9 Bobbi has left a big hole in my heart today. My partner, my friend and ever loyal companion has just past away. K-9 Bobbi worked with the Grand Forks Police Department for just one year but made many friends and proved a K-9 unit as a staple for our department.

His last days were with me and my family on a short vacation. I will always miss my first patrol dog, but know I will see him again someday.

MPO K-9 Keith Rowan and current K9 TAZ
Grand Forks Police Department.



K-9 C-ZR started his career with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office in 2001 with Deputy Rich Michaux and worked patrol until March 2005 when Deputy Michaux changed positions within the agency.

czrAt that time I put in for K-9 handler and was selected to receive C-ZR. From the moment I got him in March 2005 I knew this dog was going to be my best friend and the best partner I could ask for. C-ZR and I completed patrol school with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office for FDLE certification, then Explosives Detection School certifying by the USPCA. C-ZR also completed ATF’s NORT Explosive K-9 certification. July 2005 C-ZR and I were assigned to patrol Alpha-shift.

C-ZR’s accomplishments in his career include:

  • 30 September 2005 we responded to Deep Creek to assist with the location of an escaped homicide suspect who rammed another deputy’s vehicle and jumped over the bridge heading towards a swamp. C-ZR tracked the suspect to the creek bank and when the suspect attempted to swim away, C-ZR entered the water and engaged the suspect. The suspect then attempted to drown C-ZR but he refused to disengage making it possible for the suspect to be taken into custody. C-ZR received the Meritorious Service Award.
  • 15 June 2006 we responded to 1129 Ponte Vedra Blvd. where a deputy performing a routine patrol rolled up on a burglary in progress causing the suspects to flee on foot. C-ZR was able to track one of the suspects to a wooded area where he engaged the suspect taking him into custody. C-ZR received the Meritorious Service Award.
  • 6 October 2006 we responded to a report of an aggravated Domestic Violence call where the suspect was reportedly armed with a handgun and fled the residence on foot after shooting his wife. C-ZR gained a track leading us to a nearby shed. The suspect was hiding underneath and refused to comply with commands at which time C-ZR engaged the suspect bringing him out to us to be secured – and the weapon was located. C-ZR received the Meritorious Service Award.

C-ZR was an excellent work dog and I couldn’t have asked for a better partner to work with and protect my life day in and day out. In February of 2006 C-ZR was diagnosed with a tear in his colon. An intense surgery was performed and C-ZR was back to work in April. But in March of 2007 C-ZR began to show the same symptoms a second time. He was re-examined by a Vet and it was determined that the surgery failed – the tear was still there placing his life in danger. C-ZR was immediately rushed to Shands Vet Hospital in Gainsville, FL where he received excellent care (there is great respect for police working dogs at the hospital) – but it was decided that C-ZR would have to retire and live through medication.

czr2March 3, 2007 C-ZR began retired life of lying around and sitting at the window whining when I would leave for work without him. Slowly the medication was no longer helping C-ZR, giving him good days and bad days and a lot of time with no energy. On the night of July 10, 2007 the pain progressed and as the night continued, the medication was no longer having any effect on him. I lost my best friend, my partner that night. C-ZR was telling me he was now living in pain… I did not want that to happen… C-ZR did not have to live in pain after the life he gave to deputy Michaux, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, and to me. All C-ZR ever wanted was to go to work and catch bad guys or sniff for explosives. On the Morning of July 11, 2007 at 0957hrs C-ZR was humanely euthanized at 9 years old where he now lives pain-free protecting others in his youthful life. That was the morning I lost a piece of my heart. I didn’t just lose a partner – I lost a friend and a family member.

C-ZR will be missed not only by me but my family and my co-workers. He was a hard-charging work dog.

St. Johns K9 5017, St. Johns K9 5017, St. Johns all Units K9 5017 is 10-7 July 11, 2007 at 0957hrs. God Speed and thank you for all your hard work and dedication to this agency.

Deputy Joshua Underwood
St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office


K9 Bosco

The Bristol Connecticut Police Department K-9 Unit sadly announces the line of duty death of K-9 Bosco. Officer Greg Blackinton and K-9 Bosco responded to a burglary in progress call on December 10, 2005. The suspect was believed to be trapped in the house and armed with at least two loaded handguns. The decision was made to deploy K-9 Bosco into the house to detain the suspect. With officers surrounding the entire house and a nearby elementary school on lock-down, K-9 Bosco made entry through a garage door and began his search for the hiding suspect.

An officer at the rear of the house failed to notify other officers that a rear sliding door was ajar. Not finding any trace of the suspect on the first floor, K-9 Bosco expanded his search and exited the open rear slider. K-9 Bosco quickly found the rear perimeter officer and briefly engaged him, then released and began to return to the interior of the house. The K-9 then turned around and headed back towards the perimeter officer. Although this officer was armed with his pepper spray, his PR-24 and his Taser, the officer panicked and turned his shotgun on K-9 Bosco. Although Bosco was wearing a bullet proof vest, the close range blast from the 12 gauge shotgun ended his tour of duty at 10:00 a.m. of 12/20/2005.

bosco1The Bristol ERT made entry and determined the suspect had fled the house prior to the perimeter being set up. The suspect was detained 90 minutes later in the commission of an armed robbery on the other side of the City.

Bosco was well known and loved in the City of Bristol for his hard working approach to the job. He was a K-9 that truly loved to work. In his last 60 days on the job, K-9 Bosco protected fellow officers by detaining a suicidal, knife wielding suspect in a dark wooded area, apprehended another suspect hidden in a housing project basement and seized nearly 4 pounds of marijuana on separate raids with the Bristol Narcotics Unit.

We hope that the unfortunate circumstances surrounding his death will inspire handlers to better educate fellow officers on how to handle K-9 deployments and confrontations with a K-9 in work mode. K-9 Bosco will be loved and missed.

As a long time customer and handler, I would be honored to have my partner remembered on your K-9 Memorial Page. He became the great dog that he was on Ray Allen products and it would be appropriate to be remembered on your website.

Ofc. G. Blackinton
Bristol Ct Police


K9 Onyx

Onyx was born in Hungary in 1999. When I was selected to be a canine handler in 2001, Onyx and I were trained through the St. Paul Police Department Canine Unit. Onyx was USPCA certified as a Patrol Dog 1 and a narcotics detection dog. Onyx and I were assigned to all three shifts during our career together.

Two highlights of Onyx’s career were: I was attacked by an intoxicated male I was trying to arrest – he charged informing me he was going to kill me. He had a glass liter bottle of alcohol and was attempting to hit me with it. I advised him he was under arrest while I applied O.C. pepper spray to his face. The pepper spray had no affect. I told the suspect if he did not comply he would be apprehended by a police canine. The suspect was about 3 – 4 feet away and threw the bottle at my head. At the same time I activated my bail out system and Onyx exited the patrol unit and apprehended the suspect in the groin area allowing me to handcuff and affect the arrest.

onyx2On another occasion at 0100 hours a suspect who had been huffing glue attempted to stab his mother with a sword and fled a house in a community about 30 miles away. We were summoned to assist. We arrived and Onyx performed a track through heavy forest. We tracked the suspect for about 45 minutes and ended up back at the house. The suspect was given a chance to surrender but did not. Onyx was sent into the house and apprehended the juvenile sitting on a chair with the sword in his lap.

Onyx performed 357 street and interdiction narcotics searches. He also was a special canine who accepted the public well. Onyx met over 20,000 people performing 230 public demonstrations. Many of the people actually petted Onyx.

Onyx lost 20 pounds in two months after being diagnosed with a pancreas issue. When the medication did not work Onyx was found to have cancer in numerous organs. It was obvious he would not be able to have a quality of life and he was humanely euthanized.

Onyx worked the street until one week before his death. He loved going to work everyday and is greatly missed by the officers and public he worked with everyday.

Sergeant Mark Lykken
Fargo Police Department


K9 Jake

My Name is Robert Jonatschick, owner of Black Tower Security Services Ltd. in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. I am writing you in hope that you will post it in your K9 Memorial section of your website.
Jake was the first Patrol K-9 in service with Black Tower Security Services Ltd. which began operation in April 2001. At the age of 3 years, in June of 2002, Jake was flown to Vom Kaiserhofe’s Training Center in Lawrence, Kansas, to be certified in his field of patrol. While there, Jake was also selection-tested as a detection dog (which he passed). Black Tower then entered him into the Vom Kaiserhofe’s Narcotics Detection Course (which he passed). In late September 2002, Jake was returned to Black Tower Security and worked as our main dual-purpose dog with his handler until late April 2006, at which point Jake had to be put asleep.
K-9 Jake – thank you for your energy, time of service, and all the great things you did for your handler, the Black Tower Security Family and our clients. You are truly missed by everyone who got to know you. May you rest in peace.

Black Tower Security Services Ltd.


K9 Lex

K-9 Lex of the Huber Heights, OH Police Division succumbed to a sudden and unexpected illness on 01/20/07. K-9 Lex had been in service for just two months with handler Bill Wertz. Though K-9 Lex’s length of service was short, he was very successful. K-9 Lex was responsible for numerous drug arrests and had one criminal apprehension. K-9 Lex was a valuable asset and partner and will be sadly missed by Officer Wertz and the entire Huber Heights Police Division.

Huber Heights PD


MWD Marco

I’m the MWD Trainer at Tinker AFB, OK, and wanted to announce to our K-9 community the loss of one of our own. MWD Marco was cremated and escorted back to Tinker AFB by his handler, SSgt Alissa B Jones, for a memorial service. Bellow is a small story SSgt Jones put together:

The 72D Military Working Dog (MWD) Section lost one of their own on January 20, 2007. MWD Marco D108 was Killed in Action (KIA) while on patrol in Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Marco, a seven year old Belgian Malinois that was an Explosive Detector and Patrol Dog (EDD), died while doing what he loved. Marco and I were attached to the 2D Brigade Combat Team, working in support of C-5/20 Infantry in Baghdad, Iraq when Marco suffered from acute cardio respiratory arrest secondary to electrocution. The MWD team was assisting with a Cordon and Search, looking for weapon’s caches, explosives and materials used to make improvised explosive devices (IED’s). During this tour in Iraq, Marco assisted me and the US Army in locating numerous finds, allowing coalition forces to seize and destroy potentially deadly materials. Along with explosive detection, Marco also served as a physical and psychological deterrent to Iraqi Nationals while conducting missions in downtown Baghdad.

Marco was whelped March 1, 2000, and entered the United States Air Force in March of 2001. After completing training at Lackland Air Force Base, TX, he became a member of the 72D Security Forces Squadron K-9 family at Tinker Air Force Base, OK in January 2003. While serving at Tinker, Marco had been deployed to California, Missouri, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas, Nevada, South West Asia and Iraq (for the third time). MWD Marco was more then a dog, he was a free spirited, loving companion and partner. I often described Marco as a small child with four legs, 42 teeth and hair. He would be running around playing one minute and fast asleep the next. He was the kind of partner that would love and nurture, but the minute he or someone around him was threatened, it was all business. He was one of the smallest dogs stationed at Tinker, but had one of the largest personalities; he loved the spotlight, and could not get enough attention from man or K-9.

SSgt Alissa B Jones


K9 Bosco

On January 17, 2007 at approx. 2030 hrs. while patrolling the area of Cambie St. and 42nd Ave. in the city of Vancouver, BC, Canada, K-9 Bosco was fatally injured after coming in contact with an area of ground that was being electrically charged by underground hydro wires that had been severed. His Handler, M. Hiebert, attempted several times to pull his partner from the area but was twice bitten by K-9 Bosco. This later proved to be actions that saved his handler’s life as the electrical current would have passed into his handler and killed him. With the assistance of Vancouver Police Constable Ray Wong, K-9 Bosco was rushed to the Vancouver Emergency Animal Clinic where he was pronounced deceased upon arrival. K-9 Bosco was a 5 year old German Shepherd, trained dual purpose Patrol / Explosives Detection K-9.

This area of ground was slated to be excavated in the next two months. The on-scene Safety Officer reported that had this incident not occurred, the excavator operator and anyone standing within 20 feet of the machine would have been killed instantly when the wires were dug up.

A very special thank you goes out to the City of Vancouver Police K-9 Unit for all of their help.

Canada Line Protective Services


K9 Flash

K-9 Flash served the Ocean City Police Department from 2000-2006. During his successful career he was responsible for numerous drug arrests as well as other criminal apprehensions. K-9 Flash successfully tracked an armed robbery suspect to the door of his apartment where the suspect was located, still inside with the evidence. In his last summer of working, K-9 Flash was one of the top producers in the K-9 Unit, even though he was in the beginning stages of lung cancer.

Flash served the O.C.P.D. and his handler, Scott Kirkpatrick, with courage and loyalty until the day he died. He will never be forgotten by those who benefited from knowing him.

Submitted by PFC Christine Plant and K9 Jester
Ocean City PD


K9 Franko

I met K-9 Franko in June 1997, after he emigrated from Czechoslovakia. Back then I was a deputy sheriff with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office in Washington State. For over 6 years we trained, worked, played and lived as a team, until he retired and spent his retirement in comfort with my wife, Sheila, our children and me. K-9 Franko was a truly dedicated working dog and he loved his job. His 95+ pounds served him well in the rugged terrain where we worked and against hostile suspects. He was courageous and never backed away from any duty, successfully tracking “bad guys” in the worst of conditions: swamps, mountains, snow, rivers & lakes and the thickest undergrowth Washington State has to offer.

K-9 Franko trained with me on the S.E.R.T. team and proved to be a valuable asset there as well. As a team, we were awarded the Red Cross Real Heroes Award twice; once for successfully tracking a woman who slit her wrists and fled her rural residence; and again for tracking and apprehending a suspect who beat a man with a tire iron and then fled into a swamp.

K-9 Franko loved people and demonstrations for kindergarteners and the elderly in nursing homes were happy times for us. It was truly amazing to see how courageous he was while apprehending a violent suspect; yet how loving and steady he was with the public. K-9 Franko assisted many different agencies and his tracking ability was well known in the area.

K-9 Franko passed away on June 20th, 2006 after battling a spleen tumor that caused internal bleeding. He was almost 11 years old. Sheila and I were blessed to have spent the last few minutes with him at home. We don’t regret anything and are comforted that he knew he was home with family before he left. Even in his retirement he was our “child” and our protector. He was even more to me. Franko, you were my partner and my buddy. We had conversations where I did all the talking, but you were always there to listen and love me – regardless of what I said or how I said it. Our times together have given me life-long memories that only you and I share. I will miss you but I promise to keep you alive in my heart. I won’t forget.

Thank you to Adlerhorst International for our initial training, which held us in good stead. Thanks also to the Timberland Valley Dog Fanciers, who donated the money to purchase K-9 Franko. Thank you to Sergeant Fred Wetzel, who spent so many hours quarrying for me and then being my back-up on many successful tracks. And a special thank you to Sgt. Patrick Smith, my sergeant, my mentor and my good friend. Your teaching, guidance, “butt-chewing” and friendship were responsible for our success. I’m forever grateful.

Deputy Tedd Betts
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office


K9 Storm

I am sending you this in hopes that you will post a picture and the accomplishments of my partner, K-9 Storm, who recently passed away after suffering from a cancerous infection of his bladder and prostate. His death is a great tragedy to me and I can only hope to pass his memory along. He truly was a fantastic dog and I couldn’t have asked for a better partner and friend.

K-9 Storm’s birth name was “Oscar”. He was born in Holland June 25 1996 and I selected him from CTI (Canine Training Institute) in the middle of August 1997 at 14 months of age. He was sworn in on August 25, 1997 and he completed his initial 10-week training that November.

His last K-9 search/arrest was on August 5, 2006, at 21:30 hours – he died two days later. He was 10 years 2 months old and was in service as a high-speed, no-drag, hard-charger for 9 years.

K-9 Storm’s statistics since 2001:
Vehicle searches 827 (96% good indications where narcotics, para or residue found)
Interior Narc search 158
Building search 98
Article search 21
Area search 67
Demo 34
Tracks 57
Felony Apprehensions 196
Total uses 1261

326 hitter pipes, 47 hitter boxes, 147 other paraphernalia, 48 syringes, 5 Meth labs, 4 firearms, 60 Cannabis plants, 3 grams of Heroin, 185.2 grams of Cocaine, 621.2 grams of Meth, 5,428.2 grams (12.25 pounds) Cannabis, 17 vehicles and $14,810 cash (not counting the $22,000 seized for outside agencies).

Roger Wilsdorf
East Peoria Police Department (IL)


K9 Kane

K-9 Kane passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on November 18.2005. He was a dual purpose Police Service Dog with the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Eric Ridout trained hard with him and you could see it when they were out getting the bad guys. K-9 Kane sniffed out drugs and drug money, tracked down felons and found lost people during his all too brief career (just over 2 years). He was purchased by the people of Muskegon County, loved his family and handler, and had a work ethic like no other. He was a full partner on the job but at home, K-9 Kane was a big black pillow for the Ridout’s daughter Erika.

K-9 Kane – thank you for your time of service and all the great things you did for the people of Muskegon County and your partner. You are truly missed by all.


K9 Duco

On 041206 Lubbock, TX Police Department lost K-9 Duco.

K-9 Duco was a 15 year old Malinois imported from Holland. For his 12 years in service, he was handled by Sgt. Dennis Kelley. K-9 Duco was Lubbock’s first dual purpose dog as well as its first Malinois. He assisted with hundreds of felony and misdemeanor arrests throughout his career.

He also brought hundreds of smiles to the faces of young children when he performed at demos. K-9 Duco won several medals in the Texas Police Games during his career. K-9 Duco was able to live out his retirement in Sgt. Kelley’s backyard, playing on the trampoline with Sgt. Kelley’s children. He will be missed not only by Sgt. Kelley and his family, but by all of Lubbock as we have lost a great K-9.


K9 Dakota

K-9 Dakota, a German Shepherd with a nose for criminals since he was 2, logged more than 200 arrests during the nearly seven years he worked for the Puyallup Police Department in Puyallup, Washington. Sunday night, he was hit and fatally injured by a car while he was chasing a burglary suspect in southern Pierce County. He was the first K-9 killed in the line of duty since 2001, when a sheriff’s K-9 was hit by a car.

“Dakota’s loss hits everyone where it hurts the most, in the heart,” Chief Robin James said Monday. “His service to the community will not be soon forgotten.” The K-9 officer who wore badge No. K923, was trained to apprehend suspects, search buildings and find evidence. In addition, his handler, Officer Don Bourbon, had taught him how to open the patrol car door with his mouth and climb inside.

K-9 Dakota and Officer Bourbon were working on Sunday when the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office called for their help in finding a burglar who had stolen a truck. The owner was returning home shortly after 7:30 p.m. when he saw his truck coming toward him. The thief drove the truck around a barn and ran off according to police. K-9 Dakota was called in and quickly started to track the burglar.

He found a computer case with some of the victim’s belongings and then led Officer Bourbon and a deputy through a cow pasture and over several fences. Officer Bourbon took the dog off his leash so he could weave through a patch of heavy brush. K-9 Dakota, who was wearing a strobe light, came out of the brush and was crossing a road when the car hit him.

K-9 Dakota was one of three trained K-9s in the Puyallup Police Department. A long-haired Shepherd, he was born September 18, 1997 in the Netherlands. The City purchased him from a British Columbian kennel in April 1999. He started work a short time later with Officer Dan Pashon and made his first arrest, a robbery suspect, in July 1999. In 2001, he became partners with Officer Bourbon. In addition to their work on the street, K-9 Dakota and Officer Bourbon visited schools and took part in the spring and fall fairs at the Puyallup fairgrounds.

“He was a huge crowd pleaser,” police spokeswoman Lorri Ericson said. A memorial service was held with a large public turnout on Monday, February 13 at The Puyallup Church of the Nazarene.

Puyallup Police Department


MWD Hexe

MWD Hexe A219 March 1996- February 7, 2006

MWD Hexe was an explosive detector dog. Hexe served our nation for many years and conducted missions all over Europe and in Iraq. All she ever wanted was her Kong and some love. She walked in the desert sun of Iraq at the age of 9 1/2 and never quit. She just wagged her tail and gave my face a lick when she knew I was down.

Yesterday started like most days for Hexe and me. We did some obedience training then gunfire. She did wonderfully for not having done a lot of training since our return from Iraq in December 2005. We went to a field to do bite work and something just wasn’t right. After biting the decoy she ALWAYS ran back to me with such a great spirit, waiting for her next bite. This day she walked and stumbled. Her passing was sudden and peaceful. I held her as she died. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. MWD Hexe was a great warrior, a friend and loyal companion and I will never forget her.

SSG Don Shipman
US Army


MWD Bleak

MWD Bleak/Z157 served in the US Air Force at Lackland AFB, TX as a Narcotics Detection/Patrol dog for 10 1/2 years. Bleak was always happy to see his handlers and was very protective of them. He was a difficult dog to work with in the beginning but once figured out, he was a great partner. Bleak was responsible for finding unknown quantities of Narcotics illegally brought onto Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX.

Bleak was also called out in support of Fort Sam Houston and Goodfellow AFB for Narcotics sweeps. I was Bleak’s last real handler until December of 2004. Bleak was suffering from Hip Dysplasia but would work on command regardless of the pain. Bleak, you will truly be missed and always remembered by me and the folks of the 37th Security Forces Squadron.

SSgt. Francis


K9 Otto

In late June of 2005, K-9 Otto was killed in a car accident. K-9 Otto served the Tallapoosa Police Department in Tallapoosa Georgia from August 2004 until his untimely death. He was a full patrol K-9 used county wide by multiple agencies. On their second night on patrol, K-9 Otto and his handler, Sgt. Brian Rutherford, were called out to help the local sheriff’s office on a missing persons call. Sgt Rutherford and Otto were able to assist in determining the location of a missing elderly person with Alzheimer’s disease. During his short career Otto was able to assist in the arrest of numerous drug suspects and locate many suspects which had fled. K-9 Otto is missed dearly and thought about each and every day.

Tallapoosa Police Department


MWD Bepo

My name is Cpl. Benjamin D. Macdonell; I am a MWD handler in the Marine Corps stationed in Yuma AZ. On 13 April 2005, my MWD Bepo died while we were deployed to Iraq. He died as a result of pneumonia. I am including a few pictures of MWD Bepo so you can put it on your website. He was my best friend, and he deserves a lot of recognition. He truly was a hero and he paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Benjamin D. Macdonell, Cpl. USMC/ K-9




K9 Lux

K-9 Lux passed away due to a serious illness on 12-21-05. He was handled by Officer Dave Wade for the past 5 years. K-9 Lux was our unit’s last German Shepherd. He was deployed in 289 searches and apprehended 84 felony suspects. K-9 Lux was Dave’s second partner after joining the unit in Feb, 1992. He will be missed by the entire K-9 unit and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Los Angeles Police Department





K-9 Tim was whelped in February 1993. In 1995 he was shipped and assigned to the 51st Security Forces Squadron, Osan AB, ROK. During K-9 Tim’s 10 year career in Korea he pulled over 200 sentry duties and was also involved in over 150 exercises ensuring the security of the installation. He was a very energetic dog and was always happy to be with his handler. During sentry duties, K-9 Tim would always be alert – he never thought about sleeping on the job. His career came to an end in May 2005 when health problems finally caught up to him. You could never ask for a better friend and companion.

Chad M. McCord, SSgt, USAF



K-9 Dugan

K-9 Dugan was purchased for the Town of Oxford and was utilized in many different scenarios before his demise on November 20th, 2005. Dugan and his handler Tim Piercy had recovered hundreds of pounds of illegal narcotics along with numerous monetary seizures. K-9 Dugan was instrumental in several successful tracking finds in his glorious career. And he and Tim were not just used in the Oxford area. Their expertise and skills were requested across the fine state of Indiana and they even traveled into Illinois a couple of times.

On November 20th, 2005, K-9 Dugan made his last trip to work with his handler. He did not make it back to the security of his kennel. Oxford Police K-9 Officer Dugan was pronounced 10-0 at the veterinarian’s office after being struck by a truck while taking a break.

Tim….May your partner rest in peace. We are all thankful for your sincere dedication to this profession!

The gang in Benton County,
Boyka, Rolf, County, Summer, Metro


K9 Megi

K-9 Megi was the first Explosive Detection Dog to be put into service by the San Manuel Department of Public Safety. K-9 Megi was 10-8 for approximately 4 years and had a very high drive and loved to go to work. She was loved by her whole Department. In June of this year, K-9 Megi was diagnosed with Neuropathy and lost all feeling and control of here back side. Soon after, she had to be put down. That day, San Manuel lost a valuable asset to the Department. As for me, I lost my partner, my pet, and my friend.
I love you Megi.

K-9 Officer Anthony Fierro
San Manuel Department of Public Safety K-9 Unit


K9 Rexx

My name is Connor Craig. I am a police officer employed with the City of McKeesport Police Department and I’m currently assigned to the K-9 unit. On Monday the 24th of October at 9:00 AM, I lost my partner “Rexx” to an unknown neurological problem with complications, including bloat.

In the spring of 2000 I was assigned to the city’s K-9 unit and there I met my partner. With the help of NAPWDA master trainer William Sombo we began patrol/narcotics training. During this training I learned that Rexx knew more about his job than me – I then became the “dummy” at the end of the leash. Throughout his career Rexx never ceased to amaze me, whether he was performing socialization drills with children during our school programs, locating fleeing suspects, finding narcotics, tracking missing children or ultimately saving my life.

During a traffic stop conducted directly after an assault involving firearms, the passenger of the suspect vehicle I had stopped exited with a Tec-9 pistol and attempted to bring that weapon to bear against me (not being aware that Rexx was directly outside his door). Rexx, without hesitation, apprehended the suspect, causing him to drop the firearm and allowing me to take him into custody.

Now as I await word on funding for a new K-9, I can’t help remember the nights of working third shift with him snoring in his kennel, or the multitude of fur flying around in the car during a pursuit. I can only hope that my next K-9 partner has just some of the bravery and un-wavering dedication that Rexx had.

Rexx was more than just a partner he was a friend… and he will be missed.

Conner Craig
McKeesport Police Dept


MWD Akki

MWD Akki/B363 was assigned to the 62d Security Forces Squadron, attached to 2nd MP Battalion USMC where he was deployed to an Infantry unit at a Forward Operating Base in Iraq, where he performed combat operations in support of Iraqi freedom. MWD Akki passed away on October 2nd, 2005, when the room he lived in caught fire due to an electrical problem. He was 8 years old.

MWD Akki was a great dog who dedicated his life to serving his country, regardless of the task requested. He had several finds in Iraq and his spirit was always high no matter what the fight was. Most importantly he was a great partner and friend. I know God has a special plan for his fallen soldier, I hope he learns as much from him as I did. To the soldiers that risked their lives to save his, he will be watching you always.

SSgt Luke Plemons – MWD Akki’s Handler


K9 Quigley

K-9 Quigley was an absolutely wonderful officer, pet, friend and companion. Quigley was assigned to Deputy William Carr in July of 1997 – instantly, an impeccable match. Quigley was trained as a Narcotics Detecting Canine and as a Cadaver Canine. Quigley and Deputy Carr had many successful cases in their career together, too many to mention but each one equally important. As a team they not only sniffed out Narcotics and missing people, but enlightened many children with their presentations. Everyone seemed to know Quigley from either the newspapers or public events. Adults and children would approach Quigley saying, “Hey, I know that dog – that’s Quigley” and then continue to tell their touching story of when they first met. Needless to say, Quigley became one of the most beloved K-9′s in Wayne County, touching each and everyone in his own special way.

We were all very proud of Quigley especially when requested by our Country to assist and serve in New York City after the 9-11 attack. Unfortunately, while serving there, Quigley became very sick. He had to be taken out of service shortly after his return. Tragically, Quigley passed away a brief time later.

To this day, at the mere mention of his name, tears fill our eyes and sorrow fills our hearts. K-9 Quigley impacted many with his overpowering heart and his immense will to please his handler. He was not your average K-9; on the contrary, he was a part of a family – immediate and extended. Taken away too soon but leaving behind a legacy of unconditional love; something only Quigley could provide.


K9 Elko

“Elko, EOW 08:20 17 March 2005. Always friendly, sometimes goofy; yet a SAR Professional as only a Shepherd can be.

Elko, a 6 year old German Shepherd Search Dog with the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, passed away due to a swift moving cancer. Elko had served the county for 5 years participating in numerous trainings, public relations and several searches. Often “en route” to a search, his fate was to be called off more often than not when the missing person was found before he got there. But he was always ready and looked forward to helping in the field. Elko didn’t know it was a time of anxiety for the missing person’s family, he just looked forward to “working” (read Playing) with Connie, his handler; and he was the best at his game of “Track”.

He was credited with one live find in the two longer searches he was used on – he was on track during the second live find when teams jumping ahead made the find based upon his direction. “A great team member, now tracking elsewhere.”


K9 Shadow

The family of Capt. White regretfully announces the passing of a friend and faithful partner. K-9 Shadow, who was retired in August of 2002, passed away May 28, 2005 after a long struggle with Leukemia. During his 6-year career with the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office, Shadow was credited with over 100 drug finds totaling a street value of over two million dollars and numerous criminal apprehensions.

One of his most memorable finds was during a traffic stop on Interstate-40 that resulted in the seizure of over two hundred thousand dollars worth of cocaine. Those that knew Shadow recall him being fearless yet loyal and feisty yet loving. Even with his loving heart, Shadow was quick to lay his life on the line in the protection of Capt. White if it was needed.

This attribute was very apparent when the team tracked an armed robbery suspect through a mile and a half of swamps – the track ended in a struggle. Shadow’s actions that night not only possibly saved the life of his handler, but also the suspect, who appeared to be trying to attempt suicide. The passing of Shadow is a great loss to the community of Lonoke County and he will be forever missed.


K9 Andy

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my K9 partner, Andy. Over this past Christmas weekend I had boarded Andy while I was out of town. I picked him up early Monday afternoon 12/27/04. He seemed like himself, sitting up in the back seat and barking at everything. He seemed okay at that time. At about mid-evening Monday he suddenly looked kind of lost. I was standing in our kitchen and he was in the living room with a straight line of vision to me. He stood up and started looking around the room and kind of looked a little panicked. He spotted me and ran over to me. Throughout Tuesday 12/28/04 he seemed to be okay except he seemed a little less energetic then usual. Yesterday 12/29/04, I saw him at about 10 AM lying down in our hallway. He was panting noticeably and I had no idea why. I kept an eye on him and he seemed okay. He went outside for his breaks as normal. He’d do his business and come right back in. At about mid-afternoon I found him lying in the hallway again and his breathing was very labored. I called him to me and he made it up and toward me but couldn’t maintain his balance and fell down. I rubbed his muzzle and then put my finger in his mouth. His gums were ice cold. I found no obstruction that I could see in his airway so I have no clue what was going on. I loaded him up in the car and headed to the vet. He walked to my car but I had to lift him in. When I put him on the seat he collapsed and couldn’t seem to move. At this time he was still breathing but with difficulty. At one point he stood up and turned around in the seat and then laid down again. His head flopped down on the arm rest of the back door and he moaned a little. His breathing was still very labored. I got to Creekside and they brought out a stretcher. We took him into the trauma room and he was pretty much dead weight. Dr. Jackson could not find a heart beat with a stethoscope. His tongue was out and it was clear that he was already gone. I have no idea what happened to him and no autopsy will be performed. He will be cremated and I will keep him. Anyway, yesterday was a difficult day. He was a great partner and while I am grateful for the 6 years we were together, I will miss him dearly.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Dept


K9 Royal

It is with great sadness that we announce that K-9 Royal’s tour of duty ended on November 23, 2004. That morning Collins went to let Roy out for his morning exercise. Collins noticed that Roy was not his usual playful self. He then took Roy to the local vet, but it was too late – Roy passed away unexpectedly at the Vet Clinic.

Roy began his career with Deputy Voxland and the Goodhue County Sheriff Department on September 1, 1998. Over the years they proved to be a great asset to the department. Roy did an outstanding job with any task that he was asked to perform. He had several successful tracks, some of which include suspects in an armed robbery, a burglary, vehicle pursuit and domestic assault. Roy also had numerous narcotic finds and he worked closely with the Drug Task Force. Roy certified in several regional trials and one national trial.

During those certifications, Roy brought home the following awards:
1999 – 3rd place Article Search at regional trial
2002 – 1st place Iron Dog Competition
2003 – 1st place Iron Dog Competition
2004 – 4th place Narcotic Nationals
2004 – 1st place Department Team at Narcotic Nationals

Roy was also well liked by the public. He performed in public demonstrations for D.A.R.E. students, Cub Scouts, Church Socials, Kid’s Day, National Night Out and the local Fairs. Roy loved the affection that he received from kids.

Roy, not only were you loved by your handler and family, but by everyone who had the privilege to meet and work with you. You will be missed and never forgotten.


K9 Sam

This is Samson – Sam for short. Sam was with the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina for almost three years. He was owned by my husband, T. E. Wilson. They were like any other K-9 Team – inseparable! The dog was his friend, partner, and most of all to me, his protector. He lost his beloved K-9 friend Jan 27, 2005. They were working and my husband had to go in the office for some things. When he came out, another officer wanted to ride with my husband. Tim said “okay,” “Let me clean out the front seat of my car, so you can get in.” The officer knowing how protective Sam was, asked, “Will he bark at me?” My husband said, “Yes, you know he will!” But when Tim got in the car, he realized that the cold, wet nose and the drooling tongue weren’t sitting up between the seats like usual. He looked back at Sam and saw that he was lying down and wasn’t breathing. In what seemed to be the longest time in Tim’s life, he drove his partner to the Vet. There he discovered nothing could be done and came to realize that Sam may have had been poisoned. What this so hard on my husband, besides losing his trusty companion is that he had the windows cracked on the patrol car – and that is something that he normally doesn’t do. Sam was very healthy and an excellent drug dog. My husband and Sam had busted many, many meth labs in our area in the short time that they had worked together – plus lots of other things. Recently they were on America’s Most Wanted regarding two missing children in our area. I will never be able to know the bond and love that they both had for each other. I do know that the partner he had will never be replaced and that he worked hard loving his master, protecting him and his work force with every breath he took.

I know that my husband will always think of his trusty friend with every step he takes and he knows that his buddy lived a happy life doing what he loved, serving him and his community to the best of his ability. I would like to say thank you to everyone that supports their local Law Enforcement and K-9′s. I think it is sad that there are so many that take for granted the protection given by such wonderful, special people and their dogs, who risk their lives everyday so that we can be safe. God Bless every one of those special people.

Lori Wilson-Vilas


K9 Vasko

On June 24, 2004, at about 11:30 PM, PSD Vasko and I responded to a call of shots fired. While in route, the caller provided a description of the suspect vehicle and confirmed that one of our units was behind the vehicle. As the Deputy approached the suspect vehicle, it sped away and a short pursuit ensued. The two occupants bailed and fled on foot in opposite directions. I intercepted the driver and warned him to stop or I would release the K-9. He continued running. I released PSD Vasko and directed him to pursue and apprehend the felony suspect. We pursued the suspect behind several houses. As PSD Vasko got close, I heard one gunshot. PSD Vasko continued his apprehension and took the suspect to the ground. He was holding him by the thigh as I approached. I saw a muzzle-flash and heard 2 – 3 more shots. PSD Vasko recoiled from the suspect and began yelping. As I got closer, the suspect turned the gun on me. I fired 11 rounds, hitting the suspect between 6 – 10 times, incapacitating him.

I rushed PSD Vasko to the Animal Emergency and Referral Center, but despite their best efforts, he passed away about 12 hours later. The suspect was flown to a trauma center and is recovering in our county jail – awaiting trial. I later learned this suspect was one we had been looking for during the past three weeks. He had been on a 3-week crime spree that included shootings, robberies, car-jackings and false imprisonments. The owner of the car he had been driving was found locked in the trunk.
This was PSD Vasko’s 91st apprehension in just under three years. He had also been responsible for several street-level narcotics seizures and had appeared at over 100 public demonstrations. PSD Vasko was my 2nd patrol dog and he was a German Shepherd Dog import. We held certifications with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, North American Police Work Dog Association and The Police Work Dog Association of Florida.

I am currently working with my third patrol dog, a Dutch Shepherd named Pino, with the Saint Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Saint Lucie County, Florida.



Bella was a Black Labrador from the Stewart County, Tennessee K-9 Search and Rescue Unit (volunteer) who worked with the K-9 Recovery Task Force at the World Trade Center. She was Dog #16. We responded with BRASDA (Barren River Area Search Dog Assn) from Bowling Green, KY. Bella was later inducted into the Tennessee Animal Hall of Fame as Outstanding Professional of the Year in 2002. In addition to working recovery at the World Trade Center, Bella helped in the recovery of 13 drowning victims in Tennessee and Kentucky, and in recovery or evidence finds in 3 murder cases. She passed away July 6, 2003.

Captain Rita R. Tinsley, D.V.M.



K-9 Ingo

The Albemarle Police Department regrets to inform the public that police canine Ingo died, OCT 24, 2004 as the result of gunshot wounds sustained during an apprehension of a burglary suspect. After being shot and paralyzed in the rear end during this altercation, Ingo continued to engage the suspect. His actions most probably saved the officer’s life. Ingo was 9 ½ years old and had been with the Department since 1998.

Ingo was a Czechoslovakian born and trained German Shepherd that was imported to the United States in 1995. He was purchased by the Albemarle County Police Department shortly thereafter and began a very productive career. During his six years of service, Ingo had numerous arrests, tracks, and drug finds to his credit. One of his several apprehensions of note was that of escaped convicted rapist Timothy Eades and a recent drug find of more than five pounds of marijuana. Ingo’s list of training certifications is extensive. In 2003, he obtained the title of Certified Police Dog II and was one of only three dogs in this tri-state region to achieve this honor.

Recently, Ingo almost succumbed to an illness commonly referred to as “bloat”, an illness from which most dogs do not recover let alone regain the ability to come back as a fully productive working police canine. Shortly after extensive surgery, Ingo was cleared by his veterinarian to return to full working status, which is a true representation of Ingo’s drive and desire to serve the Albemarle County community and Police Department.

The relationship between a police canine, the handler, and the Department is one of the most unique in existence, based as it is on the understanding that the dog may be required to sacrifice its life to save a citizen or an officer. Understanding this sacrifice does not lessen the strong bond that develops between dog and handler, and which extends to the officer’s family as well as every member of the Police Department. .

Albemarle County Police Dept, Virginia


MWD Cezar

MWD Cezar was born in May of 1996 and entered military service in June of 1998 —completing both patrol and explosive training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas. MWD Cezar was assigned to Kirtland AFB in November 1998
Cezar, in his 7 years of duty as a patrol/explosive MWD, had a total of six handlers with SSgt John V. Helms logging the most time on leash. They were partnered together for a total of 23 months as a team.

While assigned duties as an EDD, MWD Cezar conducted a variety of searches for numerous VIPs to include TDY’s in support of Vice President Al Gore, first lady Hillary Clinton and Vice President Dick Cheney, He also deployed without hesitation to Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia in 1999 for 120 days. With SSgt Helms, they deployed as a team in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom assigned to Ali as Salem AB, Kuwait from January to July 2003. Upon returning to home station he also provided security while TDY to Holloman and Cannon AFBs for two air shows. They also were praised for their diligence for conducting sweeps for the Homeland Security conference. This team was commended by Secretary Tom Ridge, Homeland Security Director, for their professionalism and diligence in ensuring the safety of all participants of the conference. They also met the call during our Creek Bridge taskings. Enduring 90-degree temperatures, Cezar pressed on without hesitation ensuring that all vehicles and equipment that came in his area of responsibility was cleared. Even the very tough SSgt Helms would say “it’s getting hot but Cezar would look up at me and give me a look that would say ‘follow me, I will get you back to the A/C in the truck, just let me finish searching the Pad.’” Yes – Cezar was a true warrior and his actions will be fondly remembered.

I can honestly say without hesitation that they were the best team that I have worked with or witnessed in my career. Without reservation SSgt Helms and Cezar was my go-to team, for both TDY’s and MWD Demonstrations. MWD Cezar — you will be sorely missed. Thank you for all that you have given to John and Jennifer Helms and the section, the unit and the Base. You made us all proud, and we will forever remember you for your work.

Mc Gowan M. Anderson Jr., TSgt, USAF
Kennel Master / NCOIC MWD Section
377 Security Forces Squadron
Kirtland AFB, New Mexico


MWD Ronny

Military Working Dog Ronny, brand #A331, was a longhaired German Shepherd, who was whelped on 11 April 1997. He was accepted into military service in 6 January 1999. He completed his initial training in handler protection, explosives detection and was certified as a Patrol/Explosive Detector Dog at Lackland AFB, Texas.
Ronny was assigned to Dyess AFB, Texas, in May 1999 where he went through two months of acclimation to his new environment and numerous training scenarios. Ronny was locally certified for operational duties in July 1999. He quickly established himself as a stellar Military Working Dog both on and off duty.

On several occasions Ronny was used to perform at bomb threat situations not only on Dyess, but also in the surrounding communities. His actions were instrumental in providing these communities with a sense of security from criminal and terrorist activities. On five separate occasions, Ronny and his handler were requested to perform U.S. Secret Service support missions. While on these missions, Ronny ensured visits by the President of the United States were safe and incident free.

He was an integrated part of our country’s force protection mission during his three deployments to Southwest Asia. His presence and extreme hard work provided an invaluable blanket of security for thousands of deployed service members and millions of dollars in Department of Defense Resources.

During his distinguished career, Ronny participated in over 50 public demonstrations, witnessed by over five thousand citizens. These demonstrations helped solidify the already strong ties Dyess AFB shared with the Abilene community and provided a sense of security.

Ronny dedicated his life serving the needs of his handler, the 7th Security Forces Squadron, 7th Support Group, 7th Bomb Wing, and the United States Air Force. In return we pay him this honorable tribute. You will be truly missed.


K-9 Falk

Falk served the citizen’s of Delaware County as a K-9 partner for almost nine years. During his career with his partner, Deputy Mike Gibbs, he was involved in hundreds of drug arrests, drug siezures and Emergency Response Team call outs. He was one of the most reliable K-9 units to ever serve our community which is why his partner is quoted as saying, “Even when Falk was really ailing, he was always 100%.” Falk’s beautiful urn created by Ray Allen bears the inscription, “Always 100 %”.

Delaware County Sheriff, Indiana



K-9 Klief

He was a wonderful K9 and will be greatly missed in the Salinas Police Department and the general population of Salinas.
Salinas California Police on Monday, May 17, 2004, remembered K-9 Klief as a hard-working, friendly dog that will be missed by the Department. The German Shepherd was killed in the line of duty, dying early that morning after a suspected burglar stabbed him repeatedly Sunday night in Salinas. The suspect also died, shot to death by an officer who feared the man would also attack Klief’s handler, Officer Bill Gaston.

Klief was 5 years old and served Salinas Police for more than two years. He was imported from Germany as a puppy and then trained side-by-side with his handler before joining him on street patrol. “He did a superb job for the Salinas Police Department”, noted PD spokesman Vincent Mariana, “It is sad he won’t be with us.”

Salinas PD, California


MWD Rico

Rico, you have served your country faithfully, loyally and ever vigilant. There comes a time in a handler’s life when we must see one of our own make that final journey to the golden kennel. Rico, you will be missed greatly. It is not easy that we see you pass, but apparently a greater power needs a dog with a serious love for protecting people to take his side and watch over him. We would like to thank you Rico, for giving us the opportunity to be your decoy, especially when we weren’t looking. My friend – take care of the ones with you and protect them the way that you promised to protect us. Don’t forget us; for we will never forget you, particularly those of us who still wear your reminders!
Take care my friend, and mark your territory as soon as you get there.

P.S. To the greater power: Be cautious when removing his food pan, he’s a little protective of it!
This is a tribute to a service member who has dedicated his life to the protection of the United States.

  • Born November 1992
  • Entered active duty June 1994

Assigned to Vandenberg AFB, July 1995

  • Deployed Sept 1997 – Feb 1998 to Bahrain
  • 12 narcotic finds on Vandenberg – 9 oz Marijuana & 5 items of paraphernalia

PCS’d to Malmstrom AFB, February 1998

  • Jan 99 – Apr 99 supported U.S. Customs Service
  • 27 drug finds – 3138 lbs. of Marijuana/total value: $ 9.94 million & 172 lbs. of Cocaine/total value: $ 11.6 million

Oct 99 – Jan 00 supported U.S. Customs Service

  • 6 narcotic finds – 523 lbs. of Marijuana/total value: $ 1.65 million

Career total: 3833 lbs. of narcotics – $ 23.2 million

2000 – 2001 Marauder Mobility Exercise

  • Rico was utilized as a Sentry Dog, detected opposing forces attempting to penetrate base perimeter
  • Jan 02, Civilian Assistance for Ferguson County and Lewistown Police Departments with the execution of Drug Warrants.

Military Working Dog Handlers of Malstrom AFB MT


K9 Urk

On January 18th 2003 at 0200 hours, Dan Settle and his partner, K-9 Urk, started their shift with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department accompanied by a Deputy Explorer Scout ride-along. Shortly a call of “shots fired” was made from the communications center at the Vista Detention Facility. Deputies parked outside believed they were taking rounds and Deputies inside the facility heard the rounds and believed the facility was under attack. At the same time, command staff within the facility was calling for help.

The shooter was believed to be hiding in a bushy area near the facility. Arriving deputies heard shots fired and some deputies, while exiting their vehicles, felt concussions on their chests of the rounds being fired.

As you can imagine, this type of call summoned nearly every Deputy in the city. A perimeter was set on the bushy area in an attempt to take this madman into custody. Dan and Urk arrived to assist.

While Deputies were setting the perimeter, more shots were fired approximately two blocks away. There were sufficient Deputies at Dan’s location, so he advised the communications center that he would check into the shots fired West of his location. Dan was under the impression that the person(s) shooting in the area were conducting “drive-by’s” and he believed the secondary shots were coming from a few blocks away.

Dan, the Deputy Explorer and Urk arrived at 1280 Hacienda at 0227 hours. As Dan drove East on Hacienda, the Deputy Explorer observed an open car door on a parked car on the right side of the street. Dan was scanning a parked car on the left side of the street and by the time Dan turned to look to the right; they had passed the car. Dan continued down the street until he was able to make a U-turn. He turned back and parked his unit about three parked cars East of the original car the Explorer observed.
As soon as Dan exited his unit and turned his spotlight on the parked car, his eyes focused in on a murdering madman with a 12-Gauge leveled and pointed directly at him and the Explorer.

Without warning or provocation, the suspect opened fire with slug rounds. The front window of Dan’s patrol unit exploded and he saw his Explorer fall over in the driver’s seat. Believing his Explorer was dead, Dan was able to put out a call for help (11-99) and that his ride-along was down. Dan opened his remote canine’s emergency door-pop and before he could take a second breath, the suspect fired again – then again. The suspect slowly and methodically advanced toward Dan, the Explorer and Urk firing his shotgun. Dan drew his Glock and returned fire.

A furious, violent firefight erupted between Dan and the suspect. Out of pure courageousness, Dan faced a man who had a weapon with nearly three times the firepower and stared death in the face. Without knowing if the Explorer was dead (the Explorer was wounded but survived), Dan selflessly risked his life, stood his ground and exchanged rounds to protect the Explorer.
The confrontation escalated to a fierce state of madness. Even though Dan was in a battle where he facing overwhelming firepower, he was able to turn the tables on the suspect who turned and ran away with shotgun in hand. The firefight then turned into a running gun battle. Dan heroically gave chase.

The suspect took up a cover position behind a parked car. At this time, the first responding Deputy arrived with an AR-15 rifle. The brazen suspect chose to engage not only Dan, but also the additional Deputy with the AR-15. After exchanging rounds with both deputies, the coward chose to run across Interstate 78. During his flight, the suspect turned from about fifty feet away and once again engaged both deputies, attempting to kill them.

Realizing his rounds were ineffective at this range, Dan immediately ran back to his unit to help his Explorer. As Dan ran towards his unit, he saw the canine door open. Dan called out to his fateful partner. As he got closer to the unit, his saw Urk lying next to his unit facing in the direction of where the suspect was first observed.

When the suspect fired the first or second round, a slug entered through the windshield and passed through the sliding front door of the canine carrier. The round struck Urk on the left shoulder at an angle that caused the round to bounce off. Sadly, shrapnel from the same round passing through the unit struck Urk in the chest. Urk was mortally wounded from the shrapnel.
Urk’s drive to catch the bad guy was so intense that even with his last breath, the last beat of his heroic and brave heart, he exited his unit in the face of death and started towards the suspect. When everyone else would have run away from such a furious firefight, Urk went running towards it with only one thing in mind… to protect Dan.

As Urk passed, he laid facing and staring in the direction of the suspect…

Urk went into service with the department on April 22nd 1999. He left the department a hero, on January 18th, 2003, at 0227 in the morning. Over his career Urk had 33 felony apprehensions, 203 arrests, conducted 576 field searches, 816 building searches, took part in 567 evidence searches, 432 tracking searches and protected his handler and other deputies/officers 1203 times. Urk will always be a legend in the San Diego County canine unit.

Only a few were ever honored with meeting Dan and Urk as a team. Fewer yet ever had the privilege of watching them work together. Urk died a hero… doing what he loved — “serving and protecting” the citizens of San Diego County. Protecting his handler with his last breath. Urk gave his life so Dan could go home and be with his wife, children and fellow deputies. Urk is and always will be a hero in many hearts.

Over two thousand people came to Urk’s service to pay their last respects. Outside agencies, canine units from around the county, media and the public were there to say goodbye to a fateful partner.

Rest in Peace Urk, you will be sorely missed, old friend.

K9 Sirius



K9 Harley

It is with sadness that I report the loss of Fort Morgan Police Department’s K-9, Harley. Harley was the partner of Officer Tim Malone. He was diagnosed with cancer recently and died on September 18th.

Harley was a member of the Fort Morgan Police Department and would have completed six years of service on March 29th. He was commissioned and partnered with Tim to detect narcotics and as a patrol dog. Harley is credited with removing a substantial amount of drugs off the streets. He was active in the Fort Morgan and Brush school systems and loved the attention he received from students. He also was a very lovable and personable dog who loved what he did as a police canine for the department and the community. He was a valued member of the Malone family, and will be missed deeply by them as well as the Fort Morgan Police Department family.

Harley, a German Shepherd born in Holland on May 4, 1994, was given the name “Brick V.H. Jutter’s Erf.” He was purchased with donations from the Fort Morgan community. He was trained in detecting the odor of illegal drugs, tracking, weapons, and apprehension of criminals. He graduated from the United States Police Canine Association in the summer of 1995.
The death of K-9 Harley and the recent retirement of K-9 Mojko will leave the department without a police canine.

Chief Keith Kuretich
Fort Morgan PD, Colorado


K-9 JD

It was a warm day in March and my K-9 and I were going to work like any other day (not knowing that it would be our last night together on patrol). Some time during the night he was poisoned by some unknown coward while in his patrol car and had to be put down three days later. He was the best partner I have ever had and would do anything for me. He lost his life doing the thing that he liked to do most – PROTECTING OTHERS. He will be missed greatly and will always be in my thoughts and my heart. Next time you are suiting up, give your K-9 some extra love because you never know when you will lose them.

Joshua Ingraham