Deputy Chief Garry Ashdown
Canine Accelerant Detection
County Arson Task Force
147 Green Street
- Kingston, NY 12401
Address: PO Box 3486 - Kingston, NY 12402
340-8629 - Fax: (845) 331-1623
This is Luke
on his graduation. He was a 3-1/2 years old black Labrador retriever
whom I had the distinct pleasure of being his handler for the last 2-1/2
years. Luke was a stray picked up in October of 2000 and was found by
New York State Canine Accelerant Detection Head Trainer Michael
Knowlton. Mike had turned Luke over to me on December 12, 2000 to bond
for 2 months prior to the start of the NYS Canine Accelerant Detection
School. We began our training on February 12, 2001 and graduated with
honors on April 14, 2001. During Luke's brief life, we were able to gain
a conviction after trial for an arson fire in Orange County in September
2002. No one could have been more proud of Luke than I was. His life
came to an end on February 20, 2003 after Luke was let out for his
morning run and disregarded his training to stay out of the road and was
struck by a minivan. I was able to run and be by my partner's side for
the last few minutes of his life and tell him how much I loved and
respected him. He will be GREATLY MISSED by my daughter Megan and son
Jeffrey. My wife, Sherie, was extremely fond of him and I am totally
devastated by his death. I will always remember my pal who taught me
patience and the love I'll always have for him. God Bless You
Luke....Daddy will always love you......
Garry is going back
to dog school in August 2003. He will be back online in Sept 2003.
Loving Memory of
Handler: Officer Dave
Blue Ash Police Department
4343 Cooper Rd. -
Blue Ash, OH 45242
Police Chris Wallace
Julien of the Blue Ash Ohio Police Department lost his K9 Lexx on
Tuesday to cancer. I learned about Lexx who died of cancer, from the
other Blue Ash Police Department K9 handler, Sgt. Dennis Boone. He is
the K9 supervisor, however, he works 3rd shift. I will try to obtain a
picture and his service record for the memorial and send it to you. I
visited the web site and was very touched. My deepest sympathies on your
loss, I have also felt this pain that has taken part of me. Thank you
for caring and remembering the unselfish ones.
Your friends ,
Joe DiPietrantonio & Axel
- Norwood Police
P.S. I have a poem that I acquired when I had my first partner Atlas.
This is also to honor of LEXX
I met him
as a young man, I was far beyond my years.
I met him
with his mom and dad, his life was just beginning
ruffled hair and dark mischievous eyes told me his story
love for him bloomed when he kept licking my face.
can this trusting puppy be what I want?
thinking of the token words "Protect & Serve."
at this tiny forlorn fluff of hair, could he do that?
and fears would quickly disappear.
strength and intelligence amazed me.
this small animal out do a worldly man
myself, I had a lot to learn.
training him cannot be this easy,
me how easy it was
just realize that he knows exactly what I want.
He made me
wondered as we worked together
thought of me?
jobs we have done together.
guys we have captured,
good guys we have found
praises we have sought,
ridicule we have met.
by so quickly, we are both a little older now
and not so
lively in our step.
little frightening how rapidly our lives pass by
A boy - A
puppy - A man - A dog
I start to
think about retirement.
think about his death?
such a short time together,
lifetime is a shining star in mine
I try to
show him all I know, he ends up teaching me.
I tell him he's older now and must stay home.
called in sick - he never has.
While I am
gone, he guards the house.
feels the pain.
me at the door as if to say,
"I am glad
you made it on your own."
tells me there's no hope,
I cry and
pray that he is wrong.
tells me he died in his sleep.
I know he
never slept on duty.
I bury him
in the backyard, a place he called home.
if he thinks it just another place to
and Serve" and I wonder...
What can I
ever do in my lifetime
what I have known?
wagging tail, his eyes,
say more than I can ever share.
McPeek, 9/29/84 Eric county Sheriff's Dept. OHIO
Columbia Police Department
1 Justice Sq
Columbia, SC 29201
still in training
hanged in kennel
with leash, accident
October 01, 1992
- November 10, 2003
Township Police Department
5900 McPicken Drive
Milford, Ohio 45150
My retired dog
named, LUCKY had to be put down due to cancer.
Lucky was my first K9 partner. He who was a dual
purpose police service dog , patrol and narcotics.
Lucky worked the street for four years before being
injured during and
apprehension and had to be retired. I had to put him
down today due to cancer.
He was eleven years old.
Lucky was awarded:
Three letters of commendation:
Act of bravery award,
Voted the 1997 Hero Animal of the year in the
state of Ohio for saving a man's life.
Brett & Lucky
Canine Unit was established in 1997 and consists of
Officer Brett Simon with Canine Czar and officer Bob
Both Canine Teams are certified through the Ohio Police
Officer Training Academy and have received advanced
training in narcotic detection, tracking and patrol
techniques. Both teams receive training on a weekly
basis to maintain peak performance from the canines. The
units have patrol cars that are specifically adapted for
canine use. They have dark tinted windows and a modified
airflow system to aid in reflecting sunlight and
maintaining desirable cooling capabilities. The cars are
equipped with remote controlled door openers to allow
the dog to exit the vehicle without the Officer
returning to the vehicle. The vehicles are equipped with
training bite sleeves, muzzles, leashes, and various
other equipment used during training and work related
functions. The Canine Units were utilized by several
outside agencies for tracking, drug searches and
building searches. Their success rate in finding
narcotics has been remarkably high. They were also very
successful in tracking and apprehending suspects in
various criminal activities. The Canines were also
utilized for demonstration and educational purposes
including the criminal justice program at the University
of Cincinnati, Clermont College.
Loving Memory of
November 12, 2003
Handler: Officer Fred Cass
Stephenson County Sheriff
15 No. Galena Ave.
Freeport, IL 61032
12, 2003, Officer Fred Cass has lost his K-9
Partner, LEX from Pancreatic Cancer that came on
Wernet & K-9 Dux - Stephenson Co. Sheriff Dept.
Stephenson County is in the north-western part of
Illinois. K-9 Lex was a retired Freeport
Police dog (retired about 1 yr) and his handler
Fred(Brian)Cass took him. Fred had recently
went to another police department (Lena, Illinois).
Lex was living with Fred and became sick on Sunday.
He didn't get any better and was put down on
11-12-03 approximately 12:45 PM.