In Loving Memory of
Handler: Lt. Rich Unrein
Barton County Sheriff's Dept.
Great Bend, KS 67530
K-9 Herta, a female Belgian Malinois passed away in
May of 2004 after suffering from health problems.
Submitted by Kansas Police Dog Assoc.
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
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:
“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
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.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 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
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.
FRANZ - new partner
In Loving Memory of
May 4, 1994 - September 18, 2004
Partner: Officer Tim Malone
Fort Morgan Police Department
of Police Keith A Kuretich
901 E Beaver Ave
Fort Morgan, Colorado 80701
It is with sadness that I report the loss of Fort Morgan
Police Department’s K-9, Harley. Harley was the partner of Officer Tim
Malone. He was diagnosed with cancer recently and died on September 18th.
Harley was a member of the Fort Morgan Police Department and would have
completed six years of service on March 29th. He was commissioned and
partnered with Tim to detect narcotics and as a patrol dog. Harley is
credited with removing a substantial amount of drugs off the streets. He was
active in the Fort Morgan and Brush school systems and loved the attention
he received from students. He also was a very lovable and personable dog who
loved what he did as a police canine for the department and the community.
He was a valued member of the Malone family, and will be missed deeply by
them as well as the Fort Morgan Police Department family.
Harley, a German Shepherd born in Holland on May 4,
1994, was given the name “Brick V.H. Jutter’s Erf.” He was purchased
with donations from the Fort Morgan community. He was trained in
detecting the odor of illegal drugs, tracking, weapons, and apprehension
of criminals. He graduated from the United States Police Canine
Association in the summer of 1995.
The death of K-9 Harley and the recent retirement of K-9 Mojko will leave the department without a police canine.