Memorials to Fallen K-9s 
 2004 page 16
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
June 4 or 6th, 2004

Partner: Sgt. Joe Faria
Monterey Park Police Dept.
320 W. Newmark Ave.
Monterey Park, CA 91754
 (626) 307-1212

 Presently with Anaheim PD, CA

  Sgt. Joe Faria of the Anaheim Police Dept. (former handler with the Monterey Park PD) just lost his retired K9 "Nero" who passed way in his sleep, Nero was also 14 years old.

submitted by: Lt. Mike Higashi
In Loving Memory of
May 5, 2004

Officer James Tankersley
700 W. Markham St.
Little Rock, AR 72201
501 918.3900

The Canine Unit is made up of officers who utilize highly trained police dogs. These teams are assigned throughout the Patrol Division to be utilized to assist patrol officers in searches of buildings, searches for suspects, and the detection of drugs.
I lost my partner of four years, "Beck" on May 5, 2004.  Beck was a six year old dual-trained patrol/narcotics German Shepherd.  He had been battling what the Vet originally thought was Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  He was diagnosed with RMSF during the first week of February. when my wife went outside to feed him and noticed he would not eat.  This was very uncharacteristic of him as he usually ate so fast I used to worry that he would choke.  For the next few months, his condition would vary from normal to very sore and almost lame.  He continued to work on his good days and even tracked and located a felon who had fled from officers through yards, woods and a drainage ditch the night before he took his final trip to the Vet.  When I took him in his temp was back up and his joints appeared to be very sore.  After IV fluids, and X-Rays, the Vet thought he had identified Blastomycosis as a possible cause of Beck's illness.  Soon after the Vet called to tell me of the new possible diagnosis, he called again and told me that Beck had stopped breathing and they were unable to revive him.  After numerous tests and a necropsy it is still unknown what caused Beck's lengthy illness.  I take comfort in the fact that he basically went out working by finding the felon, but I hate that I was not there to say good-bye as he passed away.  I am now in the process of locating a new (notice I don't say replacement-Beck will never be replaced) dog. 

I am looking forward to getting another partner, he should be in town in the next few days.  Of course that means six to eight weeks of training during the summer.  The new dogs are coming from the Czech Republic so they wont used to the heat and humidity here so we will have to take it easy on them for a while.  I'll try to keep you up-to-date on things here and hopefully I won't have any additions to your website anytime soon.

I now have a three year old silver sable colored German Shepherd named "Xantho."

In Loving Memory of
AKA Kim von der Brandenburg

May 5, 1992 - January 10, 2004

Partner: Officer Mike McLaughlin
Foster City Police Department
Chief of Police Randy Sonnenberg
1030 E Hillsdale Blvd.
 Foster City, California 94404

Police Service Dog, City of Foster City
January, 1995 – July, 2001

Our Last Goodbye

From our first look in the kennel
You began to fill a void
I didn’t even know existed
There was no doubt, you were special

Through rain, snow, and blistering heat
You taught trust and commitment
With you at my side, I could face the fear
For in the darkness, evil we would meet

Laying in wait, totally alert
Outside Starbucks, that twinkle in your eye
Another unsuspecting victim
Wearing a five dollar coffee on their shirt

Training is over, our work together is done
Felons caught and the lost found
Only those like us know how tight we are bound
These tasks are left now for the young

With a stern and learned bark
The new dog to teach and warn
While you stay home now
He and I leave to face the dark

The autumn of your life, a new phase
The grey in your muzzle tells of the years
Protecting those asleep in our city
A new job now, there are children to raise

Holding you that last time, that last sigh
A look, a final kiss of my hand to let me know
You trusted me to close the circle and find the strength
To remember your courage, your honor, your unconditional love

And not the tears of our last Goodbye

Dedicated to the memory of:

Kim von der Brandenburg

In Loving Memory of
AKA: Ajax V. Haus Golez
June 3, 2004

Officer Mike McLaughlin
Foster City Police Department
Chief of Police Randy Sonnenberg
1030 E Hillsdale Blvd.
 Foster City, California 94404

Thank you for the photos Jon........
Jon Mays Editor in Chief  - San Mateo Daily Journal
217 S. B Street, Ste. 2  - San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 344-5200 fax: (650) 344-5298
Nearly three years ago, Hoss became a member of my family at home, and our  Police family. Starting in the shadow of Kim, a lot was expected. Not only did he continue a tradition of excellence, he raised the standard.  To those few, unversed in their value, who state,
 “It’s just a dog…” please consider the following:
 Ajax “Hoss” vom haus Golez
Born: August 10, 1998 - Died: June 3, 2004
Police Service Dog, Foster City Police Department
July 4, 2001 to June 3, 2004
Searches:                          97
 Cover:                              115
Alarm Calls:                       106
Arrests:                              32
Public Demonstrations         35
Whether it was greeting a 6-year-old with his patented “gimme five” handshake or finding a suspect hiding in an empty hot tub in a residential neighborhood, Ajax vom haus Golez, “Hoss”, lived to do his job.  For almost three years, he never missed a day of work. Credited with saving officers from injury on numerous occasions, Hoss lived to do his job.  Paralyzed, with little hope of successful surgery, and in distress, Hoss trusted me to end the pain. For you see, for almost three years, Hoss lived to do his job.  (continue ----> )

update: Meet K9 FRANZ - new partner

Whether it was reading with school children, fighting with a “bad guy” on the side of a freeway, or burying a comrade who fell in the line of duty, Hoss lived to do his job.  For almost three years, he protected the citizens of not only Foster City, but answered calls from Atherton to Daly City. Hoss lived to do his job.  Whether it was helping to keep over 600 “rowdy” fraternity members from getting out of hand, or convincing the wanted parolee to give up without a fight, Hoss lived to do his job.
    For almost three years, his presence prevented injury to Police Officers and suspects. Hoss lived to do his job.  That job ended on June 3, 2004, less than 24 hours after his last arrest, when Hoss suffered an injury that cut off the blood flow to his spinal column. The cause of the injury is unknown, because he never complained, Hoss lived to do his job.

Holding you that last time, that last sigh
A look, a final kiss of my hand to let me know
You trusted me to close the circle and find the strength
To remember your courage, your honor, your unconditional love
And not the tears of our last Goodbye

Police put down one of its own
By Dana Yates, Daily Journal Staff
217 South B Street #2
San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone: (650) 344-5200 - Fax: (650) 344-5290
When a Foster City police officer was thrown into traffic on Highway 101 last year by a drugged up parolee, it wasn’t the department veteran on the call who saved him — it was canine recruit Hoss who latched on and stopped the suspect.
Less than three years after joining the force, Hoss was put to sleep last week after a mysterious injury left him paralyzed. Now, the department is left with a gaping hole and endless praise for the loyal pawed officer.
“What he lived for is to go to work, the commute time, training time and duty time. The dog trusted me to guide him and I literally trusted my life to that dog. It’s a bond that is almost impossible to describe,” said his trainer, Officer Mike McLaughlin.
After returning home from the graveyard shift on June 3, McLaughlin and Hoss both went to sleep in the early morning hours. Later, McLaughlin was awakened by his 9-year-old daughter saying “Hoss can’t walk, Hoss can’t walk.”McLaughlin said he was out of bed and at his dog’s side “within 30 seconds, maybe less.” The day took a drastic turn that left McLaughlin with one of the hardest decisions of his career — to end Hoss’ pain by putting him to sleep.  Both an emergency veterinarian and one of the state’s top orthopedic veterinarians told McLaughlin there was at least one ruptured disc in his spine, preventing blood flow to his hind legs.“No one knows what caused it, no one will ever know,” said McLaughlin. “The dog never gave us any indication that he was injured.”
That’s the kind of dog Hoss was, he lived for his job and did it well, McLaughlin said.McLaughlin is most proud of the way Hoss handled a 2001 case in San Mateo. A man ran from San Mateo police onto State Route 92 and hopped the fence into the Marriott Hotel, which was under construction at the time. Hoss was called in and found the man hiding in a room. He surrendered and no one was injured. Hoss was able to do in 10 minutes what would have taken two officers 30 minutes to do, McLaughlin said.  Hoss, a German Shepherd, was born Ajax V. Haus Golez in the United States. He was trained in Germany and completed police dog training here where he learned to search, track and protect his trainer. He joined the Police Department on July 4, 2001 with McLaughlin as his trainer.
McLaughlin is no stranger to heart-wrenching good-byes with canine co-workers. With the department since 1988, McLaughlin has had three dogs and trained many others. His first dog was on duty six weeks before he blew out his back leg by jumping off a balcony. His next dog developed an inoperable cyst six months into the job. His last dog lasted more than six years and formed a strong bond with McLaughlin.
Given the chance, McLaughlin will take another dog. However, the chances are slim.
Without Hoss, the city is left without any dogs. The city’s other dog left last week when its owner took a job elsewhere. Each dog costs more than $8,000 and given the financial crunch the city is facing, it’s unclear if the department will see a new dog any time soon.

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