Muncie Police K9 Unit
North Broadway Avenue
Muncie, IN 47303
RETIRED DOG PIRAD
ON JULY 26TH.PIRAD SERVED FROM 1993-2003 WITH JAY BUT WAS HANDLED JOHN
BLEVINS FOR A BRIEF TIME BEFORE JAY GOT HIM.THE SITE FOR MPD K9 IS
Loving Memory of
Handler: Officer Darin Dougherty
Police Department SC
(K-9 Trainer Officer: Andre Williams)
submitted by Dusty Simon
1, 1996 - February 19, 2003
S/Cpl. Donald (Donnie) Witte
McLaughlin Public Safety Bldg.
300 N. Walnut
St. - Wilmington DE 19801
19, 2003, Wilmington Police K-9 Department lost K-9 Pietie, a Belgian Malinois.
Pietie was undergoing a cat-scan for obstruction in his nose. During a
search in a contaminated creek and wooded area, Pietie was in the process
of apprehending a second suspect involved in a robbery when a foreign object
was apparently lodged in his nose. He had an allergic reaction to the dye
used in the cat-scan and went into cardiac arrest. They were unable to
revive him. Officer Donald Witte, handler of five years was by his side.
During Pietie's five years of service he received four outstanding service
citations, and one life saving citation. He was responsible for over
75 drug trafficking arrests, and numerous felony arrests involving guns
and stolen cars. Pietie and his partner Donnie were members of SWAT.
Pietie was also North American police work dog certified and Eastern Police
K-9 certified. He was well known and adored by everyone.
Left to right
Master Cpl. Dennis O'Connor, the Witte family: S/Cpl.
Donald Witte, hugging his son, Christopher, 13; wife, Dajuana, 2nd son, Donnie, 11, & daughter,
this service was only 2 hours away from us,
& I attended. A service we will always remember........
all felt the loss of Pietie even if we didn't know him.
Linda O'Connor &
thanks you for all your help with this site
O'Connor started the Wilmington K9 unit in 1996 with
Asko. He became a K9 trainer shortly after. Pietie was one of his
first certified Police K-9s. Currently, there are eight K9 handlers in
the city. They are a tight group and are all taking the loss of Pietie
quite hard. One day while they were training on the third floor of the
Police station, Donnie and Dennis turned around and realized Pietie was
gone. As it turned
out, Pietie got tired of training and decided to leave. He got in
the elevator, pushed the button and headed down. The elevator stopped on
the second floor, Pietie waited like a gentleman as another officer entered.
They rode down together and got out at the parking lot. The officer headed
to his patrol car as Pietie headed to his. He was tired of training and
ready to get some real work done.
dog, Pietie, was cited for outstanding performance during his five years
with the Wilmington Police Department.
Wednesday, February 19, from an allergic reaction to anesthesia. Wilmington
police spokesman, Lt. John Snyder said a foreign substance lodged in K-9
Pietie's nose while he was tracking a suspect last month with his partner,
Officer Donnie Witte. The unknown substance caused an infection. Pietie
was taken to "Veterinarian Imaging" in Ambler, PA to undergo an MRI. While
being prepped for the procedure, Pietie had an allergic reaction to the
anesthesia and died. Among his many awards, he was honored with a istinguishedService
assisting an officer who witnessed a gun fight at 24th &
Tatnall Sts. on August 8, 2001. Snyder said Pietie would especially be
missed by city children whom he frequently visited at the schools.
from 4 states pay last respects to Wilmington K-9
TERRI SANGINITI - Staff reporter
procession of 32 police dogs and their handlers filed into the Riverfront
Arts Center on Wednesday for a ceremony honoring Wilmington K-9 Piete,
who died last week from injuries received in the line of duty. In December,
Officer Donald Witte and the 6-year-old Belgian Malinois were tracking
two armed robbers into a heavily wooded area. A piece of wood became imbedded
in the dog's nose, causing an infection, K-9 commander Lt. Carolyn Henry
said. After being injected with dye at Veterinarian Imaging in Ambler,
Pa., while undergoing an MRI to locate the foreign object, the dog went
into cardiac arrest and died Feb. 19. Wilmington police officials said
Piete's death is the first line-of-duty dog death since the unit was formed
in 1997. Piete was one of the unit's first trained police canines and had
served for five years, spokesman Cpl. Stephen Martelli said. Piete's memorial
ceremony was replete with a police honor guard; bag pipes; chaplain's prayers;
taps; and tears and accolades from fellow officers. The 11 a.m. ceremony
attracted police and city officials, retired police officers and K-9 law-enforcement
representatives from 18 agencies throughout Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania
and New Jersey, including nine dogs from New Castle County Police Department's
unit. There were fond recollections of the way Piete used to run sideways
when chasing someone, or how he used to bark louder than his handler spoke
over police radio. Witte, who got Piete in 1997 when the dog was 16 months
old and trained him, sat at the side of the stage with his family. "I know
dogs become a part of the family and actually adopt us," Wilmington Mayor
James M. Baker said. "For the citizens of Wilmington, this is a tragedy
for all of us." Baker bestowed the city's highest award, the Wilmington
Award, on the dog. Applause after each speaker triggered barks and yelps
from the nearly three dozen K-9 dogs lined up at attention around the room
for the hour-long service. Public Safety Director James Mosley presented
Witte with a City Council proclamation citing Piete's five years of achievement
as a vital part of the city's K-9 crimefighting team. Wilmington police
Chief Michael Szczerba ended the service by retiring Piete's K-9 number
3 from the police roster over police radio. "Memorials can be found in
many places and at many times, but principally in our hearts," Szczerba
said. Master Cpl. Dennis O'Connor, K-9 unit trainer, said afterward that
Witte and his family want to get another dog. "In the meantime, I want
to get the best dog out there for Donnie," O'Connor said. "Donnie as a
police officer is probably one of the best out there."
Terri Sanginiti at 324-2771.
Jeff will be new partner for Donnie
Loving Memory of
April 12, 2003
Deputy Jay Dempsey
Dallas County Sheriff's Office
Beach, AL 36561
April 12, 2003, 14 year old K-9 Princess died at her home in
Orange Beach, AL after a long fight with artritis and
cancer. Princess was Jay "Packy" Dempsey's first K-9. He
raised her from a 6 week old puppy in Selma, AL where she
was certified as a Narcotic dog in 1991 and serviced with
the Dallas County Sheriff's Office until 1999. Princes
was the recipient of 3 National "Out standing bravery in the
line of duty' awards, placed in the top 20 fives year in a
row at the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association
National Competitions, and received 2 officer of the year
awards. On Dec.
7, 1994, Princess save the life of Officer Dempsey and
subsequently "in the line of duty' produced a video for
officer survival training.
Loving Memory of
Officer John Harris
1031 Chittenden Avenue
Corcoran, California 93212
Randall W. Leach,
Popeye came to the Corcoran Police Department April 29,
2002 and died May 21, 2003.
He will be missed by the
department and the community.
Corcoran police mourn loss of drug sniffing K-9
Popeye, a male yellow Lab, came to the Corcoran Police
Department April 29, 2002. Officer John Harris and
Popeye started their partnership literally sharing the
same motel room while they completed an intensive five
weeks of training. Once their training was complete
they reported for duty and spent the next year working a
night shift and doing what Popeye and Officer Harris did
best, they found illegal drugs and made arrests. Popeye
and Officer Harris were a familiar sight in our
community of 10,000. Many a time youngsters would yell
out Popeye’s name as the black and white patrol car
passed. Officer Harris would take the time to stop and
get Popeye out of the car on leash and let the kids pet
the playful yellow Lab. Then it would be back to what
they were trained to do, detect illegal drugs and work
to rid our community of the drugs that plagued so many
communities all over the country.
Popeye was a very effective detection dog and had his
share of success searching for and locating drugs. He
was trained to locate Opium, Marijuana, Methamphetamine,
Cocaine and Heroin. During Popeye’s career he found it
all. He built a reputation that was well known
throughout the surrounding several counties and to his
credit Popeye was specially requested by outside
agencies to assist in the service of search warrants on
Popeye loved to work. To Popeye work was fun. He would
become noticeably excited when his handler would
approach his kennel wearing his uniform. To Popeye that
meant he was going to spend the day being asked to do
what he loved to do, search for drugs.
Sadly, on May 21, 2003, Popeye’s career was ended
prematurely. He died as a result of heat exhaustion due
to an unfortunate, unforeseen equipment failure. He
succumbed at the veterinarian’s office, having been
rushed there by his caring partner, however nothing
could be done and Popeye passed away early that
evening. Popeye will be missed by many.
submitted by Jim Cortina, CPWDA Dir.