In Loving Memory of
1988 - March 24, 2001
Handler: Susan DeAntonio
Rancho Cucomonga Fire
originally a loyal guide dog who flawlessly guided Mr. Brown for two
years throughout Chaffey College and the city.
After they were involved
in an accident crossing the street, Newby was generously given up for
adoption by Mr. Brown
to Fire Investigator De Antonio; he refused to
cross streets again.
sponsored by Soroptimist International Baldy View as a community service
project. He was specifically obtained for
Mr. Brown. The Soroptimists
continued to sponsor Newby through payment of some of his training costs
and support of his
trading cards. Newby was known internationally
through 12,000 'K9 Newby' trading cards distributed throughout the U.S.,
Siberia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Canada, Mexico, England, Israel,
Germany and Norway. Newby was made an official
'Arson K9' Dec. 7, 1994
and had a distinguished career, investigating 100 fires worth millions
of dollars. He was
privileged to be honored twice by WeTIP as
investigator of the year. He performed the first-ever Fire K9
in an RC courtroom. The jury convicted the arsonist and
sent him to prison for four years. Newby served the community
ways. Off duty, he visited hospice patients. He often comforted children
and grandchildren of hospice families.
There were many times his
beautiful, soft white coat caught the tears of grieving loved ones,
unable to express in words
their pain and loss. Newby also called on the
pediatric unit at Kaiser hospital to visit Rookie Joshua Wilson.
staff still recall the time they found Newby napping in bed
with the happy patient.
promoted to 'Training Officer' in 1998, when he selected K9 Gator to be
the second 'Arson K9' at RCFD.
Newby did all the training of Gator and
K9 'Spanner,' of LA County fire department. Newby retired Oct. 9, 1999.
He greeted visitors and joined tours at the fire station. He was Rancho
Cucamonga Fire District's fulltime Ambassador
of Goodwill. He will be
In Loving Memory of
Handler: Officer Bartley
Bellevue Police Department
450 110th Ave
Bellevue, WA 98004
Police Service Dog Nero - BPD's K9 Unit began in 1995 when
Officer Bartley was paired with Nero in 1995.
Nero and Officer Bartley
were partners for six years until Nero's death in 2001.
Bellevue Police K9 Unit -
Bellevue Police Department's K9 Unit
began in 1995 with a Dutch Shepard, called "Nero."
Nero was a dual purpose
dog and was assigned to Officer Bartley. He was a fantastic dog and was
a critical factor to
the success of BPD's K9 Unit to this day. He died
in 2001. The Bellevue Police Department currently has three
service dog teams available. In addition to working a beat and handling
calls for service, the K9 units are
often called upon to assist other
federal, state, and local police agencies when K9 assistance is needed.
Bartley is the most seasoned BPD K9 handler and has served has
coordinator of the K9 Unit since August, 2008.
He was the first officer
selected to handle a Police Service Dog (PSD) back in 1995 with Nero.
Before that he served
four years as a military police K9 officer in the
US Air Force before joining the Bellevue Police Department in 1992.
Officer Bartley was paired with Blitz in 2002 after Nero passed away. He
teamed up with Rex in 2006, when Blitz
was retired and Rex's previous
handler left to serve another police department. See the
K9 memorial page
information on Nero and Blitz.