March 4, 2000
Officer Craig Pesko
Pontiac Police Department K-9 Unit
Chief of Police
110 E Pike St
Police K-9 Unit
August 24, 1997
Certified: Sept. 6, 1998
William Archie -
and other officers give a
final salute to
Kodi at the pet cemetery in Taylor.
At Terry's feet is
his police dog, Jaeger.
Kodi will always be missed
Kodi is a
full blooded German Shepherd. His commands are given in German. Kodi is
a Full Service Police Dog and was trained by his partner, Officer Pesko,
with the assistance of other officers. Kodi is trained in Drug Detection
and Evidence Detection. Kodi especially loves showing off his skills at
K-9 demos. Kodi's success has been possible due to the outstanding
teamwork shared by fellow officers.
Military service honors police dog who died in line of duty
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I will protect
you with my last breath ...
Standing before a
small white casket, Steve Kulakowsky pushed the words past the knot in
his throat.There is no greater love than this, that I would lay down my
life for you ...His voice breaking, the Flat Rock police officer rushed
to finish his eulogy for Kodi, the Pontiac police dog who died in the
line of duty last week. Officers from dozens of metro Detroit police
departments stood rigidly at attention at a Taylor pet cemetery Tuesday
during a military funeral for Kodi. At the sides of many, canine
officers whined and fidgeted against taut leashes as Kulakowsky read
from "Guardians of the Night," a tribute to fallen police dogs by an
unknown author.Together we will experience a bond only others like us
will understand ...Kodi's owner and handler, Pontiac Police Officer
Craig Pesko, wept behind dark sunglasses as taps sounded a
farewell.Later, Pesko quietly declined comment. Other canine handlers
said it's difficult to understand the bond between police officers and
their canine partners. "Craig has no kids," Kulakowsky said. "The dog
was what he had. I can't imagine what it's going to be like for him to
get back in the cruiser and not hear Kodi barking. "Kodi, 2 1/2, died
Friday during surgery to repair spinal damage caused by a two story fall
the dog took during the search of a building in Pontiac Thursday night.
He had been on the force for about 18 months and assisted in tracking,
drug detection and searches. "His work was steady, always top-notch,"
said Pontiac Police Sgt. Michael Story. The dog had apprehended car
thieves during manhunts, and uncovered drugs on several occasions. More
than 130 police officers, police dogs and others attended the funeral,
where Kodi joined more than 20,000 animals buried at AAA Pet Services
cemetery in Taylor. The officers wore black bands around their badges,
identical to the badges and bands fastened to each police dog's collar.
When our time is done, you move on in the world. If we should meet again
on another street, I will gladly take up your fight.
Meet Craig & new partner,
March 19, 2001,
Officer Pesko met his new partner, "Indy,"
a GSD. "HE" is 6
weeks old, is mostly black with a little tan on his feet.
March 20th, first day in training.
K-9 "Indy" all grown up!
I wish you could see Indy in person, he is such an
amazing and handsome devil...he would make my Kodi very proud...besides
he is quite the ladies man in this community. People ask how he is
doing or what he is up to more
than they ask about
REPUBLIC POLICE DEPARTMENT
221 North Main,
Police K-9 Unit consists of handler Dan Redd and Kastor. Officer Redd
and Kastor started working together as a team November 1996 after
completing an extensive training course. The Canine Unit is trained to
sniff out illegal drugs as well as locating and apprehending suspects.
The Canine Program is active in assisting and working with the local
schools in drug awareness. Since the beginning of the Canine Program the
team has been a highly visible presence on the streets of Republic. As
well as regular calls for service and duty shifts, the team is on call
24 hours a day to assist patrol officers of the Republic Police
Department as well as other agencies.
It is hard
for me to believe that this November 4th, Kastor will be go for a year.
I remember this time last year and the hard times he was having. He was
a trooper till the end. I remember him fighting so hard to keep going
even though I knew in my heart he was hurting. He had cancer and the day
we ( my wife and I )decided he need not suffer any more was the worst
day of my life. I was at his side when he left this earth. Even know as
I write this I have a hard time keeping the tears back. You think after
a year one could handle the situation better. Kastor to me was more
that a partner he was part of my family in fact I think I spent more
time with him than my human family. .
I believe you asked
in you letter a little about him, He was 90 lb. and 7 1/2 years old at
the time of his passing. He is buried at a Service Dog cemetery in a
place of honor for service dogs at the Rivermont Memorial Gardens,
Springfield, MO. I stop by his grave as much as I can. Where he is
buried is a new place just started for Service Dogs in July of 2000,
Kastor was the second K-9 buried there. Rivermont provided the final
resting place along with service free for Service Dogs and as far as I
know this is the only such location in Southwest Missouri. Oh yea as of
this point there is no plans to obtain another K-9 for the department,
no funds for such. Also shortly before Kastor passed away I was promoted
to Cpl. and now that Kastor is gone I have been told that since I am now
a supervisor that someone else would be the handler if another dog was
obtained. My answer to that was I would take a demotion if that is what
it would take to again work with a police K-9. In 26 years of Law
enforcement the 5 years I spent with Kastor has been the best and most
rewarding part of my career. I still have children coming up to me while
on duty asking about Kastor remember him at he schools. Most was not
aware he was gone. If you have any further questions please feel free to
write. I have several photos of Kastor and some of his funeral if you
wish to see any of them I could send them via Internet or other means if
you wish. Kastor's body is gone from this earth however his spirit lives
on as far as I am concern. Thanks again for the cards I plan to pass
this out as Nov 4th draws near. Dan Redd - Republic
Photo of the Service Dog cemetery were Kastor is buried. This photo was
taken this past Memorial Day weekend and as of that time there was five
dogs buried there. Kastor's grave is the one to the far left in the
photo in the front row.. The flowers on the stand is for a Retired
Springfield PD K-9 that had just passed away. Kastor is the flag in
front on the left side.
Handler: Deputy Brad Metz
Shawnee County Sheriff's
Topeka, Kansas 66603-3641 • 785.368.2200
Kilo, shown with
Shawnee County sheriff's Deputy Brad Metz, was euthanized Thursday
By TIM HRENCHIR -
Canine hepatitis is
similar to the disease that affects humans, but in dogs the cause isn't
known. No cure exists for canine hepatitis. Kilo was placed on a daily
regimen of drugs designed to slow the disease's progress. He continued
in recent months to ride on routine patrol and serve as a bomb-sniffer.
But Baker said the department found it necessary to retire Kilo on Jan.
10. Baker said he and Metz decided to euthanize Kilo on Thursday
morning, when the dog didn't want to eat and wouldn't get out of his
doghouse. Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Baker said deputies first noticed Kilo
was sick in mid-October after he lost about 17 pounds in a month.
Veterinarians at Kansas State University diagnosed him as suffering from
canine hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver.