Memorials to Fallen K-9s
The F.A.S.T. Co. donates sets of memorial cards to all partners 
 I need your help to inform me of such losses.

Dept. addresses available for those who want to send condolences to officers. See below
In Loving Memory of 
October  24, 2002

Handler: A. L. Crouse
Wilson Police Department
120 N. Goldsboro St. - P.O. Box 10
Wilson, North Carolina 27894-0010
Telephone: (252) 399-2323 Fax: (252) 399-2346
Capt. Baggett       James Anthony

On February 6, 2001 while on routine patrol in the city of Wilson, North Carolina at 2300 hours I was request to head to Kenly, NC in reference to an armed robbery that just occurred at an Exxon Service Station. A black male had entered the Exxon station around 2245, waited for everyone to leave and then approached the clerk at the register and demanded all the money in the cash register. The suspect never showed the clerk a gun but had his hand in his jacket pocket like he had a gun. The clerk gave the suspect all the money in the cash register and then he ran out the door. A Kenly Police Officer who was close to the Exxon responded to the area. While checking the area the Kenly Officer observed a black male who met the description of the robbery suspect. The black male observed the Kenly Officer and started to run. The Kenly Officer started a foot chase with the suspect. While running through a mobile home park the Kenly Officer fell down, the suspect kept running. I arrived on the scene around 2325 and Sgt. Parker showed me the place the suspect was last scene. The last location the suspect was last scene was crossing the road a Darden and Goldsboro Street. I deployed K9 Caesar in the intersection. Caesar located a scent and followed it through a car parking lot heading west. Caesar crossed the parking lot and into a wooded area. We went through the wooded area and up a small hill coming out of the woods onto the northbound side of I-95. Caesar continued following the scent across all four lanes of I-95 and into another wooded area. We traveled about two hundred yards through the wooded area, making a turn heading south. K9 Caesar came out of the woods at the on ramp to I-95. After casting a little bit Caesar continued across the on ramp and off ramp of I-95, still heading south. Caesar entered another wooded area, were we went another three hundred yards before making another turn heading west. In this wooded area I lost my hand held radio although I did not know it yet. After making the turn, we came cut of the wooded area and crossed Hwy. 301. Once Caesar crossed the first lane and into the second lane he made a small turn in the lane and headed north/west down the road. We went about one hundred yards and Caesar made a hard left turn down a dirt road heading south/east. Caesar followed the scent down the dirt road for at least six hundred yards coming to another wooded area. We went up a small hill and entered the wooded area. Caesar went through the wooded area for 200 hundred yards coming to a stream. Caesar crossed the stream ana down a hill coming to some railroad tracks at the tracks Caesar made a left turn heading east down the middle of the tracks. Caesar went down the tracks for about three hundred yards mate left turn and went up a hill. Once on top of the hill Caesar made another left turn and headed back the way we had just came. We went almost to the location we had entered the wooded area and Caesar made a right turn going back through the stream and into the wooded area. Caesar came out of the wooded area right around the dirt road. Caesar made a small turn heading north/east across an open field. While in this field we lost our second backup officer (the first one had gotten tired and changed out with the second officer) We went about a mile through the field until we came to a fence with barbed-wire on it. As I was looking for crossing location I could hear sticks breaking and dry leaves being stepped on. I ordered who ever was making there to call out and give up, I was a K-9 Officer and would send the K-9 unless they showed themselves. The unknown noises grew louder, as if someone was running. I to began to run down my side of the fence attempting to locate a spot I could put my partner over the fence. After about one hundred yards I could no longer hear the noise from the other side of the fence. I thought the suspect had lain down and was hiding. At this point I was able to locate a location I was able to put my partner over the fence. Caesar started to track and air scent back the way we. had come. Caesar was pulling really hard going through the wooded area and then began to bark and the tracking lead went slack. Turning on my flashlight I observed a black male lying in the leaves with his hands under him. I ordered the suspect to show me his hands. The suspect advised that he had the money and was sorry and. to "please don't let that dog bite me." Johnson County deputies who had been off in the area had seen my flashlight and with a Officer Kenly had rushed through the wooded area and took the culprit in custody without further incident. The subject Caesar had tracked was the armed robbery suspect from Exxon and $674.00 on him that was taken in the robbery. The suspect had just been released from prison a week before for armed robbery. I took K9 Caesar back to the wooded area where I thought I had lost my hand held radio. I put Caesar into the wooded area and did an article search for my radio. Caesar was able to locate my radio without any trouble. 
update: Al is now working with Maximus and will train in January 2003 

In Loving Memory of
May 27, 2002
Handler: Officer Greg Thomas
Gilbert Police Department
Town of Gilbert
1025 South Gilbert Road
Gilbert, Arizona  85296
(480) 503-6000

Former Gilbert Police canine Cosmo passed away on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2002. 
She was almost 11 years old. Cosmo was Gilbert’s first police dog and started with  the Department in 1993. Like our current K-9s, Cosmo came to us directly from a  police canine kennel in Holland. She was less then 2 years old at the time. We attended  the Arizona Department of Corrections Canine Academy. In April 1996, Cosmo  and I were certified for narcotics detection and patrol work. During our three years  together, Cosmo was integral to several large drug busts, including a 1,500-pound seizure of marijuana on a traffic stop during an assist to US Customs. Cosmo also made eleven apprehensions of various fleeing felons during her career. On one occasion, Cosmo located two burglars hiding in the second story of a home. When confronted, the  suspects started to flee. I sent Cosmo on one suspect and she clamped onto his leg. Seeing this, the other suspect jumped right off the second story. I’m not sure who  had the worse leg injury, but they both limped to jail. Cosmo competed in numerous K-9 competitions during our partnership. Cosmo won 5 trophies in 6 different trials in Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas. In 1998, Cosmo won first place in tactical obedience over some 50 dogs competing in the Phoenix Canine Trials. At just under 9 years old, Cosmo developed an eye disease that caused progressive blindness. This, in addition to a leg injury during an apprehension, led to her eventual retirement in May 1999. 
Officer Greg Thomas and K-9 Otto
Officer Greg Thomas and K-9 Otto have been working together since February 1999. Otto is a Belgian Malinois born July 1997 in Holland. Otto is the newest member of the K-9 Unit and was assigned to Officer Thomas for training when K–9 Cosmo’s retirement grew imminent. Otto’s high-energy, assertiveness, and persistence in searching out drugs made him an easy choice for a career in police work.
The Gilbert Police Department K-9 Unit was started in 1993 with a grant from the  Criminal Justice Enhancement Fund (CJEF). The goal of the program at the time was to  reduce Gilbert’s escalating trend of street crimes and drug use. CJEF funds were accepted to purchase a narcotic detection / patrol K-9. The first canine member of the  Gilbert Police Department came to us all the way from Holland; a German Shepherd named "Cosmo!" After intense training in drug detection, obedience, building searching,
 and tracking, Cosmo joined the fight to keep Gilbert safe.  In November 1996, Cosmo was injured during the apprehension of a suspect after a vehicle pursuit. When the suspect abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, Cosmo knocked the suspect  off his feet. The suspect landed on top of Cosmo and ripped a rear tendon in the dog’s leg. Cosmo never gave up, but never fully recovered from the injury and suffered a permanent limp. In May 1999, Officer Thomas made the difficult decision to retire Cosmo after she was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease. Cosmo worked for the  department for six years, making hundreds of arrests and seizing over 2,000 pounds of illegal drugs. Cosmo also competed in numerous K-9 trials throughout Arizona and won many trophies. The Department let Officer Thomas keep Cosmo and she is enjoying a relaxing retirement.   Cosmo will always be remembered as Gilbert’s first K-9.   Farewell Cosmo!!

In Loving Memory of
K-9 Chelsea
June 1997 - August 2002

Handler: Officer Bo Curry
Montgomery County Police Headquarters

2350 Research Blvd.
Rockville, MD  20850
240 773.5000
Chelsea was half Lab and half Chesapeake Bay Retriever. She loved the water, working and running.
She would retrieve anything you could throw. She also had a really keen nose and was an explosive detection specialist.
 Chelsea enjoyed swimming and playing after her job was done.
She joined the K-9 unit in 1999. Chelsea developed
lymphoma in June of 2001.  She continued treatment until complications set in  August 2002.

In Loving Memory of
 June 10, 2002 

Handler: Officer Edward Potanovic
Yonkers Police Department
730 E. Grassy Sprain Rd. 
Yonkers, NY 10710  ph:  914 377 7388

"On June 1, 2002, my partner (Police Officer Edward Potanovic's partner) Chas was diagnosed with cancer.  He was placed off duty but spent his remaining days by my side.  On June 10, 2002 Chas succumbed to his illness. He will be sorely missed by my family , but more so by me, his partner, the members of the K-9 Unit and the entire department. Chas was donated to the Yonkers Police Department in June of 1995 by the late Marty Walshin. He was named after the Police Commissioner's father, the late Charles Cola Sr. Chas and I served as a K-9 team and provided the City of Yonkers with seven years of faithful service. The teamwork was a valuable asset to the Yonkers Police Department.  In 1998 P.O. Potanovic and Chas enter the prestigious U.S. Police Canine Association Trials in Warwick, New York Chas won 1st place overall and took home 6 trophies that year. During his career Chas made many arrests most of which were felonies.  He was responsible for the apprehension of 25 burglars and won accolades for the capture of a day-time burglar wanted for over 20 entries throughout the city. Chas recovered over $5,000 from a bank robbery. He was also personally responsible for removing several guns from the streets. In addition to being a valuable asset,
Chas was a great canine and a best friend." 
"Chas, we will never forget you, 
and thank you for being part of our family.
 Love Daddy, Mommy Ashley and little Eddie"
(Thanks LuLu)

On July 6, 2001, the Canine Unit graduated a Narcotics Detection class. Graduates were P.O. Edward Potanovic and K-9 Chas,  P.O. Christopher Barca and K-9 Action.  A small ceremony in the Training Unit was held to present K-9 teams  a certificate of completion.

In Loving Memory of
June 28, 2002

Handler: Sgt. Frank VonCannon
Asheboro Police Department
205 E. Academy St.
Ashboro, NC  27203  PH:336.626-1300

Castor came to the Asheboro Police Department in 1989. We were assigned to a street level Narcotics Unit. For almost six years then back to patrol until 1998. We transferred to the Vice/Narcotics Unit until Castor retired in 2001. Castor was very active in the schools. He loved kids and the more kids the better. He had several large narcotics bust for the small town we live in. We seized over $400,000.00 in cash and drugs over the years.
In June of 2002, while enjoying retirement, Castor had what the vet said was a stroke. Two weeks later, left our family. He will be missed by all, including my two kids. They were not even born when Castor came to me. He was a hard working friend and will be missed.

In Loving Memory of 
May 8, 2002

Handler: Sgt. Wes Barnes
Anderson City Police Department  

401 South Main Street
Anderson, SC 29621
Telephone Numbers
General Information (864) 231-2200
Chief Of Police (864) 231-2263

Anderson Police Sgt. Wes Barnes, right, bows his head in prayer as his daughter, Kati, 15, left, wipes tears from her eyes during a memorial service for Sgt. Barnes K-9 partner, Chuck, at Chris Taylor Park in Anderson on Sunday. Chuck died May 8.
[Will Chandler Anderson Independent-Mail] 
Mauldin police department K-9s Rex, right, and Billy, left, wear black bands across their badges during the memorial service
for Anderson police department K-9 Chuck on Sunday. Ivan, another Anderson police dog, can be seen in the background.
click here for
Eulogy for K-9 Chuck
This is what Chuck was all about -  the kids. WELL DONE THY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT.
Dan Hodges notified me about K-9 Chuck...thanks Dan

Anderson Police Sgt. Wes Barnes, right, bows his head in prayer as his daughter, Kati, 15, left, wipes tears from her eyes during a memorial service for Sgt. Barnes K-9 partner, Chuck, at Chris Taylor Park in Anderson on Sunday. Chuck died May 8.
[Will Chandler Anderson Independent-Mail]

Mauldin police department K-9s Rex, right, and Billy, left, wear black bands across their badges during the memorial service
for Anderson police department K-9 Chuck on Sunday. Ivan,
another Anderson police dog, can be seen in the background.
click here for Eulogy for K-9 Chuck

This is what Chuck was all about -  the kids. WELL DONE THY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT.
Dan Hodges notified me about K-9 Chuck...thanks Dan

In Loving Memory of
April 27, 1994 - April 2, 2002

Handler: Officer Scott Petersen
Ledyard Police Department, K-9 Unit,  CT
11 Lorenz Parkway- Ledyard, CT 06339
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 Clark (Officer Petersen)& K-9 Max, (Sgt. Ravenelle) 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.  C.P.W.D.A. DIRECTOR (pictures are worth a thousand words)

 In Loving Memory of 
  May 15, 1995 - December 16, 2002
Handler: Officer Howard Knauf 
Melbourne Police Department 
650 N Apollo Blvd. 
Melbourne, Florida 32935 

Proud servant of the Melbourne Police Department in Melbourne, Florida from February 1997 to June 2001. A patrol dog crossed trained for drug detection. He lived to work for his partner, Officer. Howard Knauf. Ciro was retired in June of 2001 when he suffered a broken leg during training. The bone never healed strong enough so that he could continue his service without physical impairment or risk of further serious injury. Ciro was the ball craziest dog I have ever seen. This is what made him a fantastic drug dog but unfortunately played a major role in his death. He would destroy the average toy within half an hour and was only allowed to have a solid 3 inch rubber ball for a toy. He would literally spend an entire 10 hour shift chewing this ball nonstop. Any waking moment he could be found gnawing at this thing and he was never without it. One day Ciro got hold of a kong which was left unattended by my new partner and he chewed the top off of it and swallowed it. When the toy became lodged in his intestine he became ill and numerous trips to the vet didn't reveal the problem until his intestine ruptured. Ciro died on the operating table.   Ciro's life as a working police K-9 was as colorful as they come.
In the over 4 years of police service he was called to duty on 522 separate occasions. 53 of those resulted in apprehensions. Although our city is not considered a Mecca of drug smuggling, his two largest drug finds were 2 kilo's of cocaine and almost 50 pounds of marijuana. Ciro was to be considered all business at all times, even at home, but this did not preclude him from being a loving member of the family by my wife and children. When Ciro was forced to retire I felt that my family was in great hands and I never worried about their safety as long as he was home with them. Ciro only weighed 74 pounds but he had a huge heart and was fearless. He proved this to me as my partner when he took down a 300 pound bad guy on one occasion and later, when he was beaten by another criminal during a physical apprehension, never letting go, before I could come to his aid. When a K-9 handler tells you that he puts his life in the hands of his partner, This is what he is talking about. A courageous, fearless and fierce partner that puts his life on the line for his owner/handler. Ciro's pet peeves were handcuffs, Velcro and anyone trying to take his picture. His personality was that if he wanted to play, you WILL play. He is sorely missed by myself, my family and all that knew him. My friends and fellow dog handlers keep his memory alive by reliving his antics and speaking of him often. To let you know how good Ciro was with drug detection....every one of our narcotics detectives would request Ciro before any other K9. If Ciro said there was dope, then there was dope. He had a great reputation within the whole county. God Bless You CIRO. I am honored that you would put my Ciro in your book. 
I am still a dog handler with Melbourne PD and will continue to do so until I retire in 13 more years. It is the best job in the whole dang place..I love it!  My current partner is named ROSCOE.  

He has been with me since July 2001 and is Melbourne's first explosives detection dog. He is as good with bombs as Ciro was with drugs, and that is saying something. Roscoe is very handsome and has a great disposition. He is great with kids. The trick
 I taught Roscoe for demonstrations at schools is...I yell, "SNAKE" and he jumps in my

In Loving Memory of
May 2002

Handler: Michael McKenna
Waterbury Police Department
255 East Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06702
(203) 574-6911 

Retired K9 Cody, Waterbury P.D.,who was handled by Michael McKenna for over 7 yrs was put to rest today for health reasons. 
This K-9 was a great asset to the City and was rsponsible for numerous arrests and gun recoveries

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
February 17, 2002

Handlers: Tech. Sgt. Mary Espieg & Staff Sgt. Brian Umbach
 89th Security Forces Squadron
Military Working Dog kennel master
                     Andrews Air Force Base, VA

In Loving Memory of

February 17, 2002

Handler: Tech. Sgt. Michael Secrist
  89 SFS MWD handler

 Andrews Air Force Base, VA

A sad farewell - 89 SFS loses two military dogs to illnesses by Senior Airman Chrisalyn Smith -  Staff writer - March 4, 2002
"I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw, that my fate has always been safest in your hands."   

This excerpt from a poem entitled "Man's Best Friend" has especially strong meaning for Tech. Sgt. Mary Espieg, 89th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog kennel master, Staff Sgt. Brian Umbach, 89 SFS MWD handler, Tech. Sgt. Michael Secrist,
 89 SFS MWD handler and the entire 89 SFS, because they recently lost two of their members.
MWDs Chimaco, who served 10 years at Andrews, and Jack, who served four years, were put to sleep Feb.17 at Fort Belvior
Veterinary Clinic, Alexandria, VA.  Espieg said she had a unique attachment to Chimaco -- who was also known as
"Chewy" -- because she was Chimaco's last handler and her nephew, Staff Sgt. Rob Rocarck, who is now at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, was Chewy's first handler. 
 Chewy was a golden retriever, which is unusual for MWDs. "Most MWDs are Dutch or German shepherds or Belgium malinois because they have a high work drive," said Espieg. "Despite Chewy's breed and friendly disposition, he had an extremely high work drive
 and was the only golden retriever in the Air Force, according to our information."
Chewy's main job at Andrews was presidential protection as an explosive detector. He went to many different locations in support
of the President.  Chimaco's accomplishments include: providing explosion detection support throughout the tenure of five presidents, helping secure the Middle East Peace Talks in 1993, supporting the Secret Service Uniformed Division in Charleston, W. VA and providing support to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit in April 1999. 
He was temporarily assigned to Saudi Arabia
from January until April 2000 and helped secure base ceremonies to include 10 Joint Service Open Houses.