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K9 Bobo – O’Fallon, Illinois

Died 1/12/18
Handler – Sgt. Michael Mojzis

Retired O’Fallon police dog dies

Bobo, a 12-year-old German Shepherd police dog, has died, the O’Fallon Police Department says. K-9 Bobo was partnered with Sgt. Michael Mojzis from 2006 to 2013, when the dog was forced into retirement by an injury suffered during training. He lived with the Mojzis family until his death Friday. “He was a solid police dog, and after his retirement settled well into his home life,” said Lt. David Matevey, of the O’Fallon Police Department. While with the department, Bobo specialized in finding drugs and tracking suspects and lost persons. He also visited schools. Bobo and Sgt. Mojzis were awarded the “Catch of the Year” in 2009 for their apprehension of armed robbery suspects. There was a private ceremony and procession for Bobo on Friday.

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.