Died – 2/14/17
Handler – Lieutenant John Pickles
CPWDA is sad to announce that Lieutenant John Pickles of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department announced with great sadness that his K9 work partner, and friend had to be laid to rest yesterday. K9 Ivan became sick with an unknown illness that he could not recover from. Together they had 73 suspect apprehensions, and over 700 narcotic or patrol deployments. They also found multiple weapons including handguns, and narcotic finds. I feel we could have had even more, and I so regret the days I took for granted. Ivan was always ready to work because it was always a game to him. He showed me patience, and practice we could accomplish anything together. Lieutenant Pickles and K9 Ivan were CPWDA members for the past two years. CPWDA members have you in our thoughts and send prayers to you, your family and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department . K9 Ivan we thank you for your service. R.I.P.