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K9 Axe – Franklin, Massachusetts

Died – 8/1/17
Handler – Officer Michael Gilboy

Franklin police announce sudden death of beloved K9

The Franklin Police Department is mourning the sudden loss of a beloved member of the force, K9 AXE. Police made the somber announcement on Facebook and said AXE passed away Tuesday night. AXE has been with the Franklin Police Department since July 2014. While with the department, AXE was instrumental in locating a missing unconscious man in Bellingham, and also assisted in numerous searches for people, narcotics and evidence. “He will be very much missed,” the department said on Facebook. “Our thoughts go out to Officer (Michael) Gilboy and his family who have lost a cherished member of their home, also.

Submitted By Jim Cortina

James A. Cortina has been involved with police dogs since 1972 and currently on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc. Jim has been appointed as Treasurer since its inception in 1991. Jim is one of the charter members of the C.P.W.D.A. organization. Since 1975 he has been a certified professional dog trainer and received his Master Trainer Certification in 1985. During his career he has provided armed K-9 strike crowd control for security agencies in Connecticut and out of state security companies. In conjunction with other members of the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc. Board of Directors, he helped to draft Connecticut Statute 53-247(e) “Intentional Injury or Killing of Police K-9” which was passed by the Senate in 1993 and also assisted in implementing the prestigious Daniel Wasson Memorial K-9 Award in 1992. In 1993 he helped coordinate the North American Police Work Dog Association Nationals in New London, Connecticut. He was appointed Training Director for the New London County Work Dog Association from 1985-1987. He performed decoy work for Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc. in police K-9 demonstrations, trained several local police department canines, and coordinated training workshops for out-of-state police departments. He participated in the United States Police K-9 Association Trials in Croton on Hudson, New York in 1985 as a decoy. He is an avid photographer and received photography awards in 1989, 1990, and 1991 and currently takes photographs for the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc.