Died – 3/7/17
Handler – Officer Chad Rezny
Alsip Police Department’s K9 Eddie Crosses the Rainbow Bridge
Four days after he tracked down a would-be armed robber, the Alsip Police Department said goodbye to K-9 Officer Eddie. Alsip police said Eddie was instrumental in tracking down an armed man after he robbed a gas station last Saturday night. The police K9 led officers to a nearby motel, where he was taken into custody. Eddie was put to sleep on March 7 for medical reasons and went out a true hero. He served the Alsip community with distinction for almost nine years. Eddie was the loyal partner of Officer Chad Rezny. Last August, Eddie and Officer Rezny competed in the K-9 Olympics held in Lafayette, IL. The K9 teams completed against others from Canada, Brazil and U.S. Secret Service, the Department of Defense , as well as numerous other teams from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The competition was based on drug detection, explosive detection, building searches, obedience, speed and open area searches. Out of 80 teams that participated, K9 Eddie and Officer Rezny placed seventh overall, and took first place among local police departments. Deputy Chief Jay Miller, of the Alsip Police Department, issued the following statement: “With heavy hearts, Eddie was unexpectedly diagnosed with a life altering medical issue early Tuesday. It was already affecting his health. Eddie was put to sleep late Tuesday evening. Eddie was a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois and was a member of the APD for almost 9 years. Eddie specialized in narcotic detection, suspect apprehension, and did several community demonstrations for kids and adults every year. He will be missed.” Eddie went out in true K9 fashion working up to the very end of his watch, police said. He will be greatly missed by his law enforcement brothers and sisters. Run free, K9 Eddie. You were one of the greats.