Memorials to Fallen K-9s 
 2002 page 6 
Gone but never will be forgotten
F.A.S.T. Co. donates cards to all partners of all working dogs/horses 

Dept. addresses & email is available for those who want to send condolences to officers. See below for links.
In Loving Memory of
April 27, 1994 - April 2, 2002

Officer Scott Petersen
Ledyard Police Department, K-9 Unit,  CT
11 Lorenz Parkway- Ledyard, CT 06339

 Cards mailed 4/10/02-recd. lovely T.Y.Note reg. mail.
Thanks to the Petersen family.
Notified by Jim Cortina, CPWDA Dir.
Canine 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. 
His passing came while riding in a Ledyard Police cruiser, 
for one last "tour of duty." 

A memorial service for both,
K-9 Max, (Sgt. Ravenelle) & K-9 Clark, (Officer Petersen
will be held on Apr. 26, 2002
 In Loving Memory of 
K-9 Max & K-9 Clark

Photo of the service in Ledyard Police Dept. CT
April 26, 2002 for K-9 Max & K-9 Clark
Partners: Sgt. Michael J. Ravenelle & Ofc. Scott Petersen  "Guardians of the Night" read at the service.

  photos by James A. Cortina. 
(pictures worth a thousand words)

Sgt. Michael J. Ravenelle -  K-9 MAX
Memorial on page 4

Ofc. Scott Petersen - K-9 CLARK

In Loving Memory of
April 1, 2002 (LODD)

Officer John Jenkins 
Las Vegas Metro Police Dept. NV
K-9 Division - 4511 W. Cheyenne Ave. Suite 401
N. Las Vegas, NV 89030 - 702-229-3441
Fallen police dog will be honored
By Keith Paul <> LAS VEGAS SUN
The 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." 
Kathy Mourning, secretary  thanks for you your help Kathy.
Below is an email from Ofc. Jenkins. Why I do this little thing that I do.

Officer Jenkins is still is having more operations
and recovery. July 18, 2002

Photo by Gary Thompson
Goodbye to K-9 Partner
Officer delivers teary eyed eulogy for first Metro police dog killed on duty 
Las 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."

Service for Rudi
Monday, April 8th - 3 p.m. - Craig Road Pet Cemetery
Las 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.
Dear Bob and Lulu, 
Thank 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.
John Jenkins, LVMPD K9 Unit
In Loving Memory of
March 28, 2002 (LODD)

Partner: Deputy Josh Payne
Anderson County Sheriff’s Dept.
South Carolina
K-9 Unit - 305 CAMSON RD
ANDERSON,  SC  29625... 864.260.4400

  My 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
4/30/02 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
Lucy and Josh are doing fine. You can tell Lucy & Duchess were sisters.
They 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.
Police dog killed in shooting accident
By Charmaine Smith - Anderson Independent Mail - 4/2/2002

An Anderson 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. 
In Loving Memory of
April 5, 2002

Partner: Officer Jason Pace 
Mountain Home Police Dept. Arkansas
K-9 Division -   103 West 9th Street
Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653
MH Police canine 'Rex' killed when struck by vehicle
  ARMANDO RIOS -   Bulletin Staff Writer
The 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.
More information on REX
by Officer Robert Harden
It 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. 
~ Sincerely, Jason Pace 
Mountain Home Police Dept. K-9 Div. AR.
Arrangement and service have not been finalized at the time of this printing.

Rex 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 2/24/02

Meet K-9 Caesar
cards mailed out  4/8/02 & received. Great email recd.

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