In Loving Memory of
10 E. Church St.
610 865 7187
main number & 610.865.7179
of the card:
Willis Leidich has been on the Police Department since 1985 and assigned
as a Patrol Office. He is married and has a daughter.
Yulla, a female GSD trained in narcotics detection and tracking.
You have the right
to say no to drugs.
Don't be pushed into doing something you don't want to. You have better
things to spend your money on.
Saturday, February 15, 2003
By NICK FALSONE -
BETHLEHEM -- The
city's first narcotics dog was pleasant with children, but tough on
criminals. Yulla started many days by giving demonstrations at
elementary schools and finished those days by sniffing out drug stashes
at known crack houses. On Monday, a battle with several medical
conditions came to an end when the 13 year old German Shepherd was put
to sleep. She had spent more than five years serving the city's police
department before retiring in 2000 to live as her handler's family dog.
"She was one of the best dogs I ever had," Bethlehem Officer Willis
Leidich said. Leidich took over as Yulla's handler in 1995. She joined
the department about one year earlier after receiving training as a
narcotics dog at Kromerhaus Kennels in Bethlehem Township, Leidich said.
The department had police dogs prior to Yulla, but she was the first one
specializing in detecting narcotics, Bethlehem Deputy Commissioner
Daniel Meixell said. Yulla provided an important service to the
department, Meixell said. For example, she was often able to sniff out
drugs in hidden compartments of cars. Those compartments would often go
unnoticed if not for the dog's ability, he said. Yulla helped locate
drugs in several major raids through the mid to late 1990s. In 1994, she
located drugs during a raid of the former Coffee House Tavern on
Pembroke Road, a business that District Attorney John Morganelli once
described as a "longtime, drug-infested nuisance." The raid led to the
bar's shutdown. But outside of her work in locating drugs, Yulla had a
personality different from most police dogs, Leidich said. She was
passive, and very friendly to people, he said. "She did a lot of public
relations because she wasn't really aggressive," he said, adding that
she responded well to children when taken to schools for assemblies and
demonstrations. When the time came for her to retire, her personality
made for an easy transition into the life of a family dog. She spent her
last years growing close to Leidich's young son and daughter. "We miss
her a lot."
By: Officer Willis
Yulla was an AKC
registered German Shepherd trained in narcotics detection. she was also
trained in tracking and did some successful tracks in her career, along
with other accomplishments. She had been certified by the Pennsylvania
Police K9 Association in October of 1995 and was the first certified K9
on the department for narcotics detection. When she retired in 1996, we
kept her as our family pet. Yulla was taken from us by pancreatic cancer
in February, 2003. Our whole family will miss her. I will miss my
partner, my friend. She was regal to the end and held her head high. she
deserved all of our devotion and love. The hardest thing I ever had to
do was to say "Goodbye" to her. She had enough strength to thank me for
letting her go. I will never forget her.