The F.A.S.T. Co. donates sets of memorial cards to all partners
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December 10, 2002
Handler: K-9 Officer Bert Combs
Portland Police Bureau
1111 S.W. 2nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
"LEX" in Latin means "LAW" "Pretty darned appropriate for a police dog!"
On Tuesday, December 10, 2002, at 12:07 p.m., "Lex", the K-9 partner of Officer Bert Combs died of an apparent heart attack while tracking a suspect. After apprehending the suspect, Lex returned to his handler, Officer Combs and died. Lex was a 7-year-old German Shepherd and 6-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau. Lex was also one of two Portland Police Bureau K-9's trained as a member of the SERT team. Lex was responsible for the capture of 126 suspects during his six years with the Portland Police Bureau. Lex is the third dog trained by Officer Bert Combs since he joined the K-9 unit in 1986. Officer Combs is a Master Trainer of police dogs in the State of Oregon. Lex was very dedicated to his work and to me. Out of all his captures, none really stnads out. They were all bad guys and some were quite dangerous, but Lex made their patures "routine.". I never had a suspect challenge me when Lex was barking and woofing during a confrontation. They always gave up and submitted to arrest. That truly the benefit of having a police dog as a partner. Bad guys will fight with officers, but very rarely will they fight with a German Shepherd. I cannot hoep but wonder if any of those 126 captures that lex made actually saved my life, or kept me from getting hurt. If Lex had not been there, would one of those suspects have made the decision to take me out? I guess I will never know. I do know I loved the little guy and I'd like to think the feeling was mutual. He was a hell of a police dog.
This Sunday 4/13/03 I start work with my new partner, Brutus. We just finished training on Wednesday and we're both ready to go.
Loving Memory of
If you want to do
.there's nothing to fear, but "Fur" itself!
Erie County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Dog “Lars” a 10 year old Czech Republic German Shepherd died unexpectedly from natural causes on Saturday, February 16, 2002. Lars was the first trained duel purpose (patrol and narcotics) K-9 dog in the history of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. He was trained to the level of ZVV1 in the Czech Republic and received his narcotics training at the Amsel Kennels, under the direction of Owen Tober of Akron, New York. The K-9 Dog worked with Federal, State and Local law Enforcement agencies:
FBI, DEA, State Police and Town and Village Police Depts. Lars and his handler did many K-9 Demonstrations at the Erie County Fair, local schools, Boy and Girl Scout meetings and Senior Citizen groups. The K-9 Drug Awareness Program for Middle and High Schools evolved as a result of having this specialized K-9 Dog. Lars was trilingual, he understood his commands in Czech, German and in English. During his long career the K-9 Dog alerted on large amounts of Marijuana, Crack Cocaine, Cocaine, Heroin, and a variety of other drugs. Some of the most memorable finds he was involved in are:
Thanks to Officer Kevin Retzer & Lou for all you help.