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K9 Nero – Gloucester Township, New Jersey

Died 12/31/17
Handler – Sgt. James Clark

Retired Gloucester Township K9 Passed On New Year’s Eve

Retired Gloucester Township K9 Nero passed away on New Year’s Eve, the Gloucester Township Police Department announced on Friday. Nero was a narcotics and patrol canine who served alongside his partner and handler Sgt. James Clark from 2008 through 2016. He retired when Clark was promoted. During their career they were instrumental in many investigations and arrests. They received Distinguished Unit citations in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2015 for their assistance in various cases, according to the police department. They also received a Life Saving citation for tracking and locating an elderly Gloucester Township resident. She had wandered from her home in the middle of the night during sub zero temperatures. She was found suffering from Hypothermia and laying on the side of a residence, where she would have died if not discovered. Sgt. Clark and K9 Nero were also known to their community and schools for having participated in countless Junior and Citizen police academies, as well as many public demonstrations during their career. Nero happily spent the last years at home with his family.”K9 Nero will be truly missed by all of his brothers and sisters in the GTPD, as well as his community, who he had faithfully protected and served,” the police department said in a release announcing his Dec. 30, 2017, passing.

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.