Handler – Lt. Jim Lansing
Monroe County Police K-9 ‘Sari’ Dies
The heroes of law enforcement come in all shapes and sizes, from the men and women in uniform to the K-9 dogs who serve alongside them. But whether they have two legs or four, they all work toward one goal – to protect and serve the people of their communities. Sari passed away after a shift July 20, working with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. She was alongside her faithful companion, Lt. Jim Lansing. The team worked together the past 10 years. Though she was only 13, Sari was a beloved member of the community, known by young and old as a protector of the citizens of Monroe County, Ill. She was scheduled to retire on Aug. 1. Funeral arrangements are pending. Lansing is planning a memorial service for Sari at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia. Born on Oct. 9, 2002 in Budapest, Hungary, Sari responded to commands in her native “tongue” of Hungarian. She spent her “puphood” as a family dog in Hungary before she came to the United States on April 5, 2005. She trained at the Rudy Drexler School for Dogs in Elkhart, Ind., where she met Lansing, the Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy who would become her partner. At Drexler, Sari received extensive training in handler protection, narcotics, tracking, obedience and building searching. Together, Sari and Lansing earned their K-9 certification there on July 29, 2005.