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K9 Lucy – Bradley County, Tennessee

Died – 6/12/17
Handler – Patrol Deputy Chris Shope

Missing Bradley SO K-9 found dead after being struck by train

Bradley County Sheriff’s Office announced that their missing K9 Lucy that went missing on Sunday afternoon was found dead Monday morning. Lucy was reported missing in Charleston, TN on Case street. Police say caretakers went to the kennel where they found Lucy’s kennel was empty. Police say the kennel is surrounded by a privacy fence. Lucy’s” services to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is immeasurable, and she should be commended for her public service to the Cleveland / Bradley County community. Lucy, a Belgium Malinois, was found in McMinn County, TN along a railroad track, where it appears she was fatally struck by a train. Lucy was presented “Top Dog” during U.S.P.C.A.’s (United States Police Canine Association, Inc.) certifications in 2016. She was known within the agency for her speed and was given the nickname of “Pocket Rocket” by personnel at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Eric Watson issued a statement Monday, saying:
“Our agency is saddened by the tragic death of K-9 Deputy Lucy. She was a great asset to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, and served this agency well beside her assigned K-9 handler. Our female canine deputy will be buried with full honors, and Faithful Friends has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. I petition the community to pray for Lucy’s K-9 handler, Deputy Chris Shope, during this time who treasured Lucy tremendously.” The animal was found about 10:19am Monday. Her handler was notified.

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.