Memorials to Fallen K-9s
but never will be forgotten
Co. donates cards to all partners of all working dogs/horses
addresses & email is available for those who want to send condolences
to officers. See below for links.
In Loving Memory
27, 1994 - April 2, 2002
Ledyard Police Department,
K-9 Unit, CT
Parkway- Ledyard, CT 06339
mailed 4/10/02-recd. lovely T.Y.Note reg. mail.
to the Petersen family.
by Jim Cortina, CPWDA Dir.
handlers have even a more special bond with their partner. Clark was eight
years old. He passed as result of kidney failure. He was trained
for both patrol work and narcotics detection. We worked on the road
together for more than four years. He was a very special friend,
companion, and partner. Clark was very loyal and protective, but also very
social, particularly with children.
passing came while riding in a Ledyard Police cruiser,
one last "tour of duty."
service for both,
Max, (Sgt. Ravenelle) & K-9 Clark, (Officer Petersen)
be held on Apr. 26, 2002
Max & K-9 Clark
of the service in Ledyard Police Dept. CT
26, 2002 for K-9 Max & K-9 Clark
Sgt. Michael J. Ravenelle & Ofc. Scott Petersen "Guardians of
the Night" read at the service.
by James A. Cortina.
worth a thousand words)
Michael J. Ravenelle - K-9 MAX
on page 4
Scott Petersen - K-9 CLARK
In Loving Memory
1, 2002 (LODD)
Las Vegas Metro Police
Division - 4511 W. Cheyenne Ave. Suite 401
Vegas, NV 89030 - 702-229-3441
Mourning, secretary thanks for you your help Kathy.
police dog will be honored
Paul <firstname.lastname@example.org> LAS
first Metro Police dog that died in the line of duty will be buried Monday
alongside other K-9 veterans in a service with the department's honor guard.
Police Service Dog Rudi was crippled on March 28 when the police car he
was riding in while heading to a call was struck by another car. Rudi,
a two and a half year old Belgian Malinois who started his duty in September,
2002 and, was euthanized Monday, April 1st. "When we lose a dog, it's pretty
devastating. It hurts," said Sgt. Todd Fasulo of Metro's K-9 unit. "We're
talking about a dog that is trained to protect his handler. The dog rides
with the officer all day and lives at the officer's home." Officer John
Jenkins was driving on Nellis Boulevard with the police car's lights and
sirens on, going to investigate a call about a man with a gun. Another
K-9 officer and dog were at the scene, but Jenkins and his two dogs were
called to assist in tracking down the suspect. As Jenkins drove into the
intersection of Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue, a car driven by James
Herrin struck the right side of Jenkins' police car, according to an accident
report. Herrin was cited for failure to use due care upon approaching an
intersection and failure to yield right of way to an .emergency
vehicle. Police are waiting on the results of blood tests, the report states.
Jenkins was injured and taken to University Medical Center. Fasulo went
to the accident scene and saw Rudi. "I went to pull him out of the car,
he stood up and instantly went right back down," he said. "We thought it
was a broken leg." But a veterinarian that night determined Rudi had a
dislocated hip and a fractured hip. It wasn't until the next day that more
extensive X-rays determined that Rudi's back was broken. A veterinarian
waited to see if the swelling would go down and Rudi's paralysis would
subside, but when it was determined that Rudi was permanently paralyzed,
the decision was made to put him to sleep, Fasulo said. "We knew Saturday,
but the officer was still recovering and we wanted to wait until after
Easter," Fasulo said. Jenkins was still recovering from his injuries Thursday
and was not available for comment. The other dog was not injured in the
accident. Metro's K-9 unit has 26 dogs consisting of patrol, bomb detection
and drug detection dogs. The dogs can cost up to $5,000 each and including
training, the cost can total $15,000 to $20,000. Rudi was a patrol dog.
The dogs are more than just tools to the officers who handle them. Fasulo
said they really become part of the officer's family. "The officers are
with the dogs more than their families," he said. "Rudi was a good dog.
He was an up and coming dog."
is an email from Ofc. Jenkins. Why I do this little thing that I do.
Jenkins is still is having more operations
recovery. July 18, 2002
by Gary Thompson
to K-9 Partner
delivers teary eyed eulogy for first Metro police dog killed on duty
OLIVER - REVIEW-JOURNAL
Vegas police officer John Jenkins said it was going to be one of the hardest
things he has had to do -- deliver the eulogy for his late partner, a 2
1/2 year old Belgian Malinois named Rudi who was killed in the line of
duty. "These dogs mean the world to us," the teary eyed K-9 officer told
dozens of officers and their families from around Southern Nevada who attended
Monday's service. "They serve the community. They're totally selfless.
They're the most loving creatures in the world." Rudi was euthanized last
week after being injured in a traffic accident,becoming the Metropolitan
Police Department's first police dog killed in the line of duty. The K-9
unit has been in existence since 1959, originating under the former Las
Vegas Police Dept. As with police dogs who die of natural causes, Rudi
was given a funeral at the Craig Road Pet Cemetery, complete with a "seven
dog salute." Handlers of seven other police dogs instructed their partners
to bark for several seconds before silencing them. Because Rudi died while
on the job, the department's honor guard was present to fold the American
flag draped over Rudi's casket and to play "Taps." Jenkins, in his eulogy,
said he was responding to a call March 28 with lights and sirens on when
he was broad sided by another vehicle at an intersection. "I was knocked
unconscious, and the first thing I could remember is hearing my dog howl
in pain," he said. Jenkins reached his arm back to grab him and see where
he was hurt. Rudi opened his mouth and gently closed it around the officer's
forearm, he said. "He looked up at me to say, 'Dad, I'm hurt.' " Rudi's
hip was shattered in the accident, and he lost all feeling below his neck.
Jenkins also was injured in the crash and attributes Rudi's presence for
preventing him from going into shock. Jenkins still is recovering from
his injuries and had to have another officer help him stand up as he spoke.
Officer Mike Horn, the K-9 Unit's trainer, told attendees at the service
that it was hoped Rudi's hip could be reconstructed and that he would live
out the rest of his life as a pet. Horn said on one visit to the veterinarian
clinic, Rudi stood up straight, despite his injuries, when his handler
came to visit. "He held that position for 15 minutes as John talked to
him," he said. "He basically said, 'I'm OK, Dad. I'll be fine. I can go
to work.' " Rudi never recovered any feeling below his neck, however, and
a decision was made to euthanize him, Horn said. Rudi had been with the
department since May 2001. Horn described the dog as the "Michael Jordan
of the police dog world." Horn said he secretly hoped he would someday
handle Rudi, citing the animal's keen nose for tracking down bad guys.
In an interview, Horn acknowledged that Rudi, to other people, is just
another dog. But, he said, the service was important to officers in K-9
units, who made up the people in attendance Monday. "They're our partners,"
he said. "We spend more time with these dogs than any other human being."
April 8th - 3 p.m. - Craig Road Pet Cemetery
Vegas police K-9 officer, John Jenkins, wipes away tears Monday at the
funeral of his partner, Rudi was killed in a traffic accident. The two
& one half year old Belgian Malinois was the first police dog in the
department's history to die in the line of duty. Jenkins still is recovering
from injuries in the same crash.
Bob and Lulu,
you so much for sending me the memorial cards you made up for my fallen
K9 partner, Rudi. The poem on the back of the card described Rudi
perfectly. He was an outstanding patrol dog and was my best friend.
We were together 24 hours a day and when we were on a search together,
he was an extension of me. He was responsible for getting several
criminals off the street who, without Rudi's keen nose, would have more
than likely escaped capture. He was tragically taken from us far
too soon. I pulled up the web sight with his memorial on it. I noticed
that the beginning of the article reference the accident we were involved
in was missing. If you still have that available, I would appreciate
it if you could make the article complete. If it is not available,
I am sure Kathy Morning in our K9 office would be able to get it for you.
I am still recovering from my injuries and have at least two surgeries
to undergo in the near future. The physical pain I have endured however
is minor compared to the pain I feel in my heart whenever I think of Rudi.
I miss him so very much. I look forward to healing and training a
new partner, but no other K9 will fill the void in my heart left by my
fallen partner. Again thank you both so very much. The generosity
you give to memorialize fallen working dogs is truly appreciated by all
handlers. May God Bless you both for your kindness and generosity.
Jenkins, LVMPD K9 Unit
In Loving Memory
28, 2002 (LODD)
County Sheriff’s Dept.
Unit - 305 CAMSON RD
SC 29625... 864.260.4400
name is Don Hodges Jr. I am a
Master Deputy K-9 Handler with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office. I
was given one of the memorial cards today for K-9 Duchess. She and her
handler Deputy Josh Payne were my partners. The grief we went through during
that rough time period was awful. Several times I heard members of the
local community say " But it was just a dog". To them it was just a dog
but to me and other dog handlers it is a part of us just like a child is.
We as handlers work long hours for little pay or recognition and that suits
us. My dog 'Chief' is my friend and my partner. The day will come when
he is laid to rest and when that happens I can say without a doubt "Well
done thy good and faithful servant." Thank you says so little, but the
cards will keep Duchess in our minds and hearts. She was not just a dog.
SHE WAS MY FRIEND.
4/17/02 cards mailed & received
Josh Payne is now up and running with Duchess's sister, Lucy. Don
is very thankful, because he was on call for about 2 months straight
until Lucy was approved for duty. 2003
and Josh are doing fine. You can tell Lucy & Duchess were sisters.
are both wild. In less than a month, our K-9 family will have one additional
member. I am due to pick up the next generation of A.C.S.O. bloodhounds.
dog killed in shooting accident
Smith - Anderson Independent
Mail - 4/2/2002
County sheriff’s deputy accidentally shot his own dog this weekend as the
two chased after a man who had fled from Iva police. Duchess, a bloodhound
who had been with the Sheriff’s Office for a year and a half, was shot
by her handler, Josh Payne. At 3:16 AM, Saturday, Mr. Payne tried to return
his .40-caliber handgun to its holster after chasing down a man who fled
through the woods on S.C. 413, Sheriff’s Capt. John Skipper, said that
Mr. Payne was holding a flashlight on the suspect with one hand and Duchess’
leash and the weapon with the other hand when the dog jumped, causing Mr.
Payne to squeeze the trigger of the gun to accidentally go off. Duchess
was struck in the hind quarter and the bullet traveled through her body.
Mr. Payne and other officers tried to render first aid to the dog and transported
her to an emergency veterinary hospital in Greenville, but she died later
the same day. “This is one of those unfortunate things that happen in law
enforcement,” the captain said. The two had responded to a call that a
car being chased by Iva police had wrecked at S.C. 413 and Wilson Creek
Road. The car had sped away from Iva officers who tried to pull it over
because its tail-lights were out. Iva Police Chief Jimmy Ray Sutherland
could not be reached about the case Monday. A passenger in the car, whose
name was unavailable, was arrested at the scene of the accident, but the
driver fled. Mr. Payne and Duchess responded to the scene to help find
the suspect, along with fellow officer Brian Andreas and his dog, Spike.
The officers found and arrested the driver, whose name was also unavailable,
about 30 to 40 yards from the road, hiding in a culvert. “They drew guns
on him, but they did not shoot at the suspect,” Capt. Skipper said. Mr.
Payne has worked with the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit since 1999 and was
Duchess’ sole handler. The bloodhound lived at Mr. Payne’s home and had
become a part of his life. Duchess was allowed to tag along with Mr. Payne
and his wife on their honeymoon about two months ago. “Dogs are your partner,”
A private funeral is planned for Duchess later this week.
Loving Memory of
Home Police Dept. Arkansas
Division - 103 West 9th Street
Home, Arkansas 72653
information on REX
Police canine 'Rex' killed when struck by vehicle
ARMANDO RIOS - Bulletin Staff Writer
Mountain Home Police Department reported the loss of a canine
member of the force, Rex, who was killed Friday after apparently being
struck by a vehicle on Highway 62 West. Rex, a Belgian Malinois, was the
department's first canine. His handler, Officer Jason Pace, was preparing
for the 11 p.m. shift and noticed Rex missing from his fenced yard at about
10:30 p.m., according to a press release from Mountain Home Police Chief
Carry Manuel. Officers from the MHPD and Arkansas State Police started
searching for Rex. A short time later, Trooper Joel Eubanks located Rex
after he apparently was hit by a vehicle near Pace's residence. The dog
was normally housed in a kennel on the officer's property, but occasionally
was released into the fenced yard for exercise, Manuel stated. On Friday,
Rex escaped by jumping the 4-foot fence. Rex was a valuable member of the
Mountain Home Police Department, Manuel stated. Since August of 1998, he
was involved in 619 drug searches, 241 arrests and 25 searches for suspects.
The canine and his handler assisted other officers 319 times. Rex and Pace
received a letter of commendation for tracking and saving the life of a
man in the Clarkridge area. Rex and Pace were the first members of the
department's K-9 unit. Later Nero and K-9 handler Officer Robert
Harden were added. "Rex was much more than a dog; he was a law enforcement
canine and a great asset to the law enforcement effort in our community,"
Manuel stated. Green dogs are dogs that can be used for all kind of work,
like Sport, Home Protection Police work and more. Those dogs are biting
and have a high ball drive, but have to be trained for the category of
work what they have to do.
Officer Robert Harden
is with deep regret, that I must tell you this. I got ready for work
as I usually do. I went out into the back yard to get my partner
and he did not come to me. I started looking for him and he was no
where to be found. I radioed other officers to come and help me look
for him. They found him. He had been hit by a car and he was
dead. This is really hard not only for me but for others at the Police
Department who have grown to love Rex. He was a great partner and he will
be missed tremendously by me. He was born in Holland on the 9th day
of August 1995, He died on April 5th. approximately around 11:30 PM.
Thank you for your site and thank you for caring about K-9's. I know in
my heart that he will never be able to be replaced. But I do love
K-9s and I want to get back into it.
Home Police Dept. K-9 Div. AR.
and service have not been finalized at the time of this printing.
was the first member of the Mountain Home Police Canine Unit. He was purchased
with local business donations. After five weeks of training at Vohne Liche
Kennels in Denver, IN, he currently was being used for narcotics, tracking
building searches and criminal apprehension. Rex was 7 years old. The name
of Belgian Malinois comes from the city of Malines in north central Belgium,
where the breed originated. This breed of dog has short hair and mahogany
colored coat with a black face and ears. The average Malinois ranges
between 22 to 26 inches at the shoulder and weight 40 to 80 pounds. Ken
Licklider is a master K-9 trainer who trains passive response K-9s instead
of aggressive response. When a K-9 find narcotics its passive response
is to sit down next to the narcotics.
REX's 10 heirs, born
Meet K-9 Caesar
cards mailed out 4/8/02 & received. Great email recd.
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