Loving Memory of
Sgt. Julie Hoffman
320 S. Kansas -
Topeka, KS 66603
This morning at 1:30 AM, my partner since 1994,Chief, died
in my arms after a long battle with cancer.
I never knew
being a K-9 handler could be so painful,but losing a partner
and best friend is beyond words.
God I know there
are no criminals in Heaven,but please make sure Chief has a
place to play.
God speed Chief. My
partner, my love, and my heart has gone to the angels.
Julie Hoffman and Angel K-9 Chief
Hoffman has been on the department since 1983.
Chief has been in
the department since 1994.
Chief was one of
the oldest working police dogs.
This is one of
the baseball cards
that we handed
out to children.
Julie is formerly from Elizabeth, NJ.
will never forget Chief.
has a new partner: K-9 JOKER
competed in a narcotics detection competition and won a 2nd
place trophy. In that category he is a lot like Chief. His
name is Joker and he is very ornery. He came from the same
man who raised and trained my Angel boy Chief. I cannot
come to your website without the tears pouring out. I miss
my boy so much. I was cleaning the other day and I had
placed a bag of Chief's hair behind his picture but had
forgotten it was there. I held it to my heart and cried a
river. He was always there for me and I just wish I could
have done more for him. I would like to meet you someday
and get your autograph in my book. Your compassion for us
handlers is beyond words. You hold a very special place in
my heart. You don't know how much the cards meant. You
helped me heal. For you and all you do, I will always be
grateful. God speed Angel Chief, keep watch over Lulu and
keep her safe.
and K-9 Joker (his name fits his personality
Loving Memory of
December 31, 2001
Handler: Patrol Officer
Beacon (NY) Police Department
New York, 12508
838-5000 Fax (845) 838-5012
Beacon is a small river city along the Hudson River, about
half way between New York City and Albany. Beacon is five
square miles with a population of approx. 15,000. Our
department has 38 officers, and currently there are four
teams working. The are trained in routine patrol methods,
suspect tracking, and narcotic identification. Chase was
with the department from 1989 to 1996. I was not his
original handler in the department. I worked Chase from 1993
to his retirement in 1996. He was retired when I was out on
a job related injury. Again, thank you very much.
PO Robert Gooding, Jr.
Beacon (NY) PD
have a new Shepherd, his name is Kovu, but
I am no longer with the K-9 unit.
Loving Memory of
(Rottweiler) leans on his partner,
Mike Fiore, Massachusetts State Police Special Operations
October 15, 2001
MSP Stoneham Barracks
166 Pont St.
Stoneham, MA 02180
781 279 1283
From Sgt. Robert McCarthy,
Eastern MA Supervisor of MA State Police Special Operations
some sad news concerning Ciros. Last week, Mike and Ciros
were involved in a pursuit of bad guys that ended in New
Hampshire. The chase ended in a car accident involving Mike
and Ciros. Ciros sustained back injuries that were deemed
inoperable, leaving Mike with the heartbreaking decision of
having to put his partner to sleep. MIke put Ciros down on
Monday. He is now searching for a replacemnet,
dog will ever fill Ciros' collar.
example of K9 Ciros' work
Mike Fiore and K9 Ciros did a bang-up job on a day shift
recently in Malden. A robbery suspect was doing a fine job
of eluding the police in the area of Rt. 99. The suspect
would be seen running and then seek cover, until flushed,
and the process would start all over. When Ciros got
involved in this ordeal, the suspect decided he would be
safer hiding in a house. The police surrounded the house and
Ciros was put on a building search. After a few minutes, the
suspect was located hiding in a corner, with a Rottweiler on
his chest. One in custody for Malden PD for a host of
charges. Tpr. Fiore and Ciros were then summonsed back to
the scene by the Malden detectives. Ever the good cop, Tpr.
Fiore knew he had to connect several pieces of this puzzle.
The detectives had a victim, and a suspect, but they still
needed assistance looking for the implements of the crime.
Mike and Ciros backtracked their route during the earlier
pursuit. A knife, duct tape, hat, mask and gloves were all
located and submitted as evidence.
K-9 Ciros (Rottweiler) leans on his partner, Trooper Mike
Fiore, of the Massachusetts State Police Special Operations
K-9 Unit. Tpr. Fiore is interviewed by the producers of
“Pet Project,” A program which features volunteer efforts
for the humane care of animals. The filming was for a
segment about Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog and the founder,
13-year-old Lisa Hinds of East Walpole, to be aired on
Animal Planet in Spring 2002.
Ciros will be fondly remembered as a loving 'leaner' -
you patted him, he leaned his whole being onto you -
Doing the job before and after WTC
9/18/01 Trooper Fiore and K-9 Ciros
photo was printed in from 9/18, of Tpr Fiore and K-9 Ciros
at Terminal B at Logan Airport in Boston,
CREDIT: AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl
caption that goes with the picture above - and is due to be
in our 2002 calendar (looks like we will dedicate the
calendar to Ciros)K-9 Ciros (Rottweiler) leans on his
partner, Trooper Mike Fiore, of the Massachusetts State
Police Special Operations K-9 Unit. Tpr. Fiore is
interviewed by the producers of “Pet Project,” a program
which features volunteer efforts for the humane care of
animals. The filming was for a segment about Massachusetts
Vest-a-Dog and the founder, 13-year-old Lisa Hinds of East
Walpole, to be aired on Animal Planet in Spring 2002. Before
the filming, K-9 Ciros enjoyed lots of pats, as Tpr. Fiore
talked with many folks about K-9 work at The Stray Pet Fund
Day in Mansfield.
Loving Memory of
1993 - May 27, 2001
Brown & Missy, miss their buddy, Cyro
Chief Deputy Vernon Brown
County Sheriff Department
N. Lafayette St. Corydon,
50060 (641) 872-1566
was born in Holland, 1993 and came to America in 1995. He
began as a corrections officer until June to Dec. 1996. Mark
Beauregard became his handler. In 1997 Jim Olson became his
handler for the Marion County Sheriff. In 1999 Cyro began to
work for Wayne County with Deputy Vernon Brown and stayed
until his death. He was a talented dog and a dedicated
police officer. He loved to work and live with Vernon, a
match made in heaven. We loved and miss him very much. He
wanted to be with Vernon, no matter what he was doing. He
wasn't happy staying home from work with the house dog,
Missy a GSP. He loved to ride in the patrol car and bark
which intimidated many people. Inside he was a puppy who
loved his toys and chew rawhides. He had a great nose for
drugs. His talent will be missed, but the love he gave
everyone will be missed most of all. He had an official
funeral service, with speakers, music and honor guards. and
was laid to rest in a ceremony that included soft music, a
few poems and kind words from a Methodist minister. Several
people, including officers from other counties who brought
their own police dogs, gathered in the yard behind the
sheriff's office in Corydon for a memorial service to the
8-year-old German shepherd that died of cancer. Cyro was
faithful and true to the last beat of his heart." He helped
deputies sniff out drug dealers and drug stashes and chase
criminals. On occasion, he worked on interstate highways
helping officers and state troopers go through vehicles
suspected of carrying drugs. "He could find even the
smallest amounts," said Vernon Brown, his handler and chief
Wayne County deputy. But, it was Cyro's friendliness with
children, his unwavering will to work, his gentle
personality that made him popular, according to Brown. "He
was special," said Brown. The dog was buried in the yard.
Brown said there will be a marker placed at the site.
In Loving Memory of
May 10, 1994 -
May 16, 2001
Springfield Police Department
Springfield, MO 65802-3899
Memorial Gardens, Springfield, MO.
grave is the one with the fresh flowers. He retired early
because of physical reasons. He continued to live with
Officer Thomas Royal. Officer Royal is no longer in the K-9
Unit, but continues his career in the department,
keeping us safe in this country of terrorists.
I'd love to say that we got another
dog and actually we did for a while,
but we sent him back. It was too
soon and he wasn't Caesar. Tom's
still working in Patrol and I was
promoted earlier in the year to be
the Police Services Administrator.
Sherry & Tommy Royal
Loving Memory of
male Chocolate Labrador Retriever, born March 15, 1990, was
one of the first dogs to join the Harris County Sheriff's
Department Canine Unit. As were most of the Department's
original dogs, he was donated to the Department by a citizen
in Harris County. Chip's was trained by Joey with
assistance from Kenny Ray Hartman and Greg Bisso of the
Houston Police Department Canine Detail. He was originally
trained as a Narcotics Detection dog, however, during
tracking training, he was found to possess some unique
qualities in aggression or bite work not normally found in a
Labrador Retriever. He was then put through some simple
handler protection training and as he excelled in that area,
was trained in building search and area search. Chip's
nature, drive and intelligence allowed him to be one of the
few Labrador Retrievers in the country that was able to be
fully trained as a Patrol/Criminal apprehension dog. In his
4 year tour of duty, he was responsible for over 3500 pounds
of marijuana seizures, 300 kilos of cocaine seizures,
$300,000.00 in cash seizures, and over 150 arrests as a
result of criminal apprehension work.
March 15, 1990 -
July 9, 2001
Texas Sheriff's Department
1200 Baker Street
Houston, TX 77002
Loving Memory of
Police dog dies
of unknown causes
January 11, 2001
Officer Keith Stevens
Point Police Department
Crown Point, IN
pinpoint reason for Cao's death.
BY SUSAN ERLER Times Staff
CROWN POINT - Cao never got the attention of her more
famous counterpart, Udo, but the 4-year-old German shepherd
didn't lack for heart and courage, her police department
co-workers said. The three year department veteran died
early Thursday after suffering a seizure, the dog's handler,
Officer Keith Stevens said. The dog had been on the job with
Stevens Wednesday night and seemed normal just before she
died, Stevens said. "She was just laying where she normally
lays. She got up and collapsed and she was gone," Stevens
said. An autopsy performed Thursday at the Purdue University
Animal Hospital could help determine whether the dog
ingested poison, he said. "With it being a police dog, we
have to make sure it's not somebody throwing something over
the fence," Stevens said. Cao, an American bred shepherd,
was trained to sniff out drugs and track missing people.
She'd spent her whole career with the Crown Point department
and during that time helped take a total of 140 pounds of
marijuana off the street and locate suspects in several
burglaries and a battery case, Stevens said. On occasion,
she'd been loaned to federal, state and county law
enforcement agencies to help solve crimes. "She did a lot of
good work for a lot of people," Stevens said. Like the rest
of the department, Cao had been awarded a police badge,
Stevens said. "They are members of the department just like
everybody else," he said. Cao's death leaves the department
with two police dogs, Udo, owned and handled by Officer
Charles Sprague, and Enzo, Stevens' newest dog. Udo and
Sprague got nationwide attention last year when the pair
were nearly separated after Sprague left his former
department to work in Crown Point. An outpouring of
sympathy for the close bond between police dogs and their
handlers resulted in Crown Point city officials agreeing to
buy the dog from its former owners and grant ownership to
Sprague for life. Stevens said Thursday that he understands
that bond only too well after losing a dog he described as
attentive, loving and playful. "That's why she was so good
at narcotics detection," he said. "Her reward afterward was
to get to play. "You never realize how much you love the
dog because they're always there. When something like this
happens you're just floored, especially the way it
happened," Stevens said. "A 4-year-old healthy dog. It's
just unbelievable." Results of the autopsy are not expected
for several days.
Susan Erler can be reached at
or (219) 662-5331. Photo
provided to The Times - Crown Point, IN
Memorial Service Jan. 26, 2001
Point, IN is Lake County seat in northern Indiana.
Keith Stevens said Cao, a 4-year-old German shepherd who was
a three year veteran of the Crown Point Police Department,
died early Thursday after suffering a seizure. Stevens, who
was Cao’s handler, said the dog had seemed healthy.
results from autopsy.
Loving Memory of
February 19, 1996 -
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Saskatoon Police Service
P.O. Box 1728
Saskatoon Sk S7K 3R6 Canada
Memoriam Police Service Dog Cyr
Watchful" "The Working Dog"
My eyes are your eyes,
watch and protect you and yours.
are your ears,
and detect evil minds in the dark.
is your nose,
scent the invader of your domain.
you may live,
is also yours.
Fallen comrade becomes first canine casualty for city police
was born on February 19th 1996. His partner and friend was
Constable Steve Kaye. Kaye and Cyr had worked together
protecting the citizens of Saskatoon since April 1998. On
May 21st 2001, members of the Saskatoon Police Service were
attempting to effect an arrest on firearms related matters
when the suspect fled the area in a truck. A chase ensued
which ended on Highway 41. The male suspect exited his
vehicle discharging shots into the air and was commanded by
police several times to drop his weapon. In an attempt to
disarm and subdue the subject Police Service Dog CYR was
commanded to attack. PSD Cyr took on the challenge of
subduing the subject without hesitation as he had done a
million times before. He did it because he was asked to. He
did it to protect his partner and the community. There was
no fear...only determination...to do what was right. The
subject discharged his weapon killing Police Service Dog
CYR. Cyr died instantly, and at that moment we lost a
colleague, a partner, a friend and a police officer.
your courage and strength we remember you. You have paid
the ultimate price to protect us. We will never forget
Acquire Grandson of Slain Dog
Sherwood Park, Alberta at 11:00 a.m., May 30, 2001,
Constable Steve Kaye of the Saskatoon Police Service will
receive a young dog named “Blue” for training as a police
dog. Blue is the grandson of Cyr, Constable Kaye’s slain
canine partner. Kaye describes Blue as a clone of Cyr and
added that the young dog has tremendous potential to succeed
as a police dog. Blue has been living with a foster family,
the Robinsons at 8 Gilmore Avenue in Sherwood Park. (Contact
person Paul Robinson 780-467-4948) Paul’s son Garret
Robinson has been Blue’s caregiver. Garret will present Blue
to Constable Kaye. Blue was owned by Heartridge Training
Academy in Sherwood Park, Alberta (780-417-6638). Peg O’Neil
of Heartridge knows how difficult it is for a child to
relinquish fostership of a dog, her daughter had been prime
caregiver to Cyr before he became a member of the Saskatoon
Police K-9 Unit. Heartridge will be supplying Garret with a
new canine companion.
Memorial For Saskatoon Police Service Dog Cyr
memorial service for Saskatoon Police Service Dog “Cyr” will
be held Thursday, May 31, 7:00 p.m.
at the Francis Morrison
Library Auditorium. This is a private memorial for Police
Members and family.
Media representatives will not be
allowed access to the auditorium.
Loving Memory of
September 30, 1992-December 28, 2001
Officer: P.O. Kevin
Metropolitan Police Department
December 28, 2001, retired St. Louis Metropolitan Police
Canine “Caro” was put to sleep. Caro was taken to the vet
because he had not eaten for two days but everything else
seemed normal. During the examination the Vet felt a mass in
Caro stomach area. It was decided to do exploratory surgery.
During the surgery both of Caro’s kidneys were tumors the
size of cantaloupes. Because nothing could be done to keep
Caro in the quality of life that he was used to, he was put
to sleep. Caro was a Police Canine until September of 2000,
when his handler P.O. Kevin Melchior was transferred from
the canine section. P.O. Kevin Melchior handled Caro from
September 1993 until September 2000. When Caro was retired,
Kevin and Linda Melchior purchased him so he could become
their pet. But was he a pet, Officer Melchior could not let
Caro see him in his uniform because Caro would get extremely
excited and try and find his police car, to go to work.
Canine Caro was one of the most decorated Police Dogs that
the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has ever had.
He received numerous awards from the United States Police
Canine Association, The German Shepherd Dog Club,and The
Human Society for both his work on the street and during dog
trials. Caro is the only 3-time Champion of the USPCA-Region
16, Field Trials.
his career Caro conducted numerous canine demonstrations to
thousands of people. He truly loved doing these and then
letting the people pet him afterwards. Caro could not resist
giving the kids a kiss as they left. Caro you were one of
the best, you did almost everything that I ever wanted you
to do, and did it with style and personality. You will be
missed, not only because you were my best partner, nor that
you were a great Police Dog,but also because you were my
POLICE CANINE CARD
Breed: German Shepherd
Color: Dark Sable - Weight: 82 lbs.
DOB: Sept. 30, 1992 Birth Place: Hungary
Graduate Canine School December 16, 1994
Dual Trained - Patrol/Narcotics
U.S.P.C.A. Region 16
1996, 1997, 1998
USPCA Certified PD1 - 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
USPCA Nationally Certified PD1, 1995, 1996, 1998
USPCA Nationally Certified Narcotics Detector - 1998
USPCA - Regional 16's Narcotics
Find of the Year 1995-1996
Handler, Officer Kevin Melchior
Police Officer - February 25, 1980
Canine Handler - April 27, 1987
Police Dog Trainer - June 28, 1991