The F.A.S.T. Co. donates sets of memorial cards to all partners
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In Loving Memory of
November 21, 2004
Partner: Captain Bryan Bass
BNSF Resource Protection Solutions Team
5601 West 26th St.
Cicero, IL 60804
913 551-4479 & 913 551-4285
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
spokesman: Steve Forsberg General Director Public Affairs
Rail cop mourns canine partner BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporter
His partner was small but so excelled at police work that Capt. Bryan Bass said he always felt safe working with him. On Friday, Bass, who works for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Ry. police, broke down in tears during a memorial service for his slain colleague, a 3-year-old German shepherd named Jager. Jager was killed in the line of duty late Nov. 21 while chasing two burglary suspects during a surveillance operation along the railway's 49th Street line. Police think Jager was struck and killed by the suspects' vehicle as they escaped. The loss hit the 41-year-old Bass especially hard because they had a tight bond that reached beyond just working together. Jager lived with Bass and his family, vacationed with them, and, Bass said, "was just like one of the kids.'' 'We fit'
"We did everything together,'' he recalled after the South Side memorial, which drew more than three dozen police officers, many of whom work with canine partners. During the emotional service, Jager's cremated remains sat on a flag-decorated table along with his collar and police badge 235-A. The items were flanked by a framed photo of the dog and a second photo of Jager with Bass. Bass, a stocky, 20-year police veteran, began working with Jager a little more than a year ago. It was Bass' first assignment as a K-9 officer, and he said he selected Jager last November because of the dog's spirit and energy. He wasn't deterred even though Jager, at about 70 pounds, was a little smaller than some of the other dogs that had just completed police training. "He was kind of the underdog,'' Bass said. "I was just starting out [as a K-9 officer]. We fit.' They first worked together in southern Texas, then transferred to the Chicago area in April. "I can't tell you how many times I've been on patrol and his ears would perk up because he knew someone was out there,'' Bass said. The memorial had many of the trappings of a traditional police funeral service, including a Chicago Police bagpiper and prayers from a police chaplain. "He was proudly and courageously doing the job he so loved when he was killed,'' said Chief Special Agent Ken Shaw of the BNSF police. A railroad spokesman said "there is progress being made'' in the investigation into Jager's death, although no one has been arrested. "We regard this as a very, very serious crime,'' railroad spokesman Steve Forsberg said .
Loving Memory of
A bloodhound who found a KCS railroad engineer buried under about 12 feet of coal was "put to sleep" Monday because of a terminal illness. "June," a bloodhound who was 10-/1/2 years old, was euthanized by a Texarkana veterinarian at the request of Durvis Stuart of Foreman, who owned and trained her since she was 10 weeks old. "She was a trailing dog and a human remains detection dog. She worked all over Southwest Arkansas, Northeast Texas and Southeast Oklahoma. June had developed breast cancer, she had hip problems and in the last few months she had become totally blind. Her quality of life had decreased until it was no quality of life," said Stuart, who is also a reserve deputy for the Little River County Sheriff's Department. "One of the most amazing cases was the discovery of the railroad engineer buried in 12 feet of coal near Wickes, Ark. One coal train had stopped for a break. Another coal train was southbound had not received word about the train stopped ahead. Each coal train was a mile long with three engines in front and back. When the train rounded the curve near Wickes, the engineer couldn't stop the train. All six engines derailed. Thousands of gallons of diesel fuel were spilled. The wreck was about 200 yards long and the coal cars stacked as high as four cars," said Stuart. "The spilled coal had also filled up holes along the railroad track. June found the engineer about four hours after the accident in about 12 feet of coal. Naturally he was deceased," said Stuart. The coal was removed by earth moving equipment at the site where June "hit" as the location where the engineer was found. June was credited with finding five people who were lost during her career. Three of the people were Alzheimer's patients who had wandered away from their homes. "She was a wonderful dog and was trained under some of the finest bloodhound trainers in the U.S. and Canada. We had worked with all of the sheriff's departments in this area. She had done extensive work for the Arkansas State Police, Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) and the FBI in some murder cases," said Stuart. June was an original member of the Four States Search & Rescue K-9 Team in Texarkana. Stuart is training a 2 1/2-year-old German Shepherd, Lacy, to become a human remain detection and trailing dog to continue the tradition of June, said Stuart. "Big dogs have a short life span. God didn't intend for bigger dogs to live as long. For her dignity it was time to let her go," said Stuart.
In Loving Memory of
June 28, 2004
Handler: Officer Mike Johnson
Putnam County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Mark Frisby
13 Keightly Rd
Greencastle, Indiana 46135
K-9 "Jax" was serving with the Putnam County Sheriff's
Department in Greencastle of Putnam County, Indiana
since 1999. When he was first purchased by the
sheriff's office. They discovered that he had a skin
cancer and the department opted to have K9 Jax put to
sleep. He was then saved from death by his owner and
partner, Mike Johnson. When he bought Jax from the
department and took 7 weeks off of work to train him in
Kentucky. Ever since they have been companions. This
dog has died in full honors as he has successfully found
a massive amount of drugs including the closure of 21
meth and other drug labs. He has found numerous lost
children and adults in his service, not to mention the
capture of many escaped felons.
Loving Memory of
In Loving Memory
Jenner by the Sea, handled by Ann Wichmann, Front Range Rescue Dogs, FEMA Colorado Task Force 1, City of Boulder Mountain Parks Ranger Service Dog. Jenner came from the Ornbaun Kennels in CA, and as a puppy, was desperate to be good. He was not always successful, but he tried very hard, and we had lots of fun, especially after I got used to his energy. Jenner was qualified as an operational air-scent search dog with Front Range Rescue Dogs at the age of two. At the same time, in a parallel training mode, we were working on certification as a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster dog. We achieved the Type II (Basic) standard in October of 1994, and Jenner was one of the early dogs in the country to achieve the Type I (Advanced) certification in August of 1995. He, with his friend Cayman, was one of the founding dogs of Colorado Task Force 1. Jenner continued both wilderness and disaster work for most of his life. Jenner also became an important “trainer” for new handlers, humbling many who thought they could hold onto that toy!
Early in his life, Jenner passed his Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) test,
and also was certified as a Ranger Service Dog with the City of Boulder Mountain Parks. Jenner patrolled with his park ranger/handler regularly, helped present innumerable education programs throughout his life, and was the star of a video aimed at teaching dog control in the Mountain Parks. He was a natural showman, and gave many demonstrations locally and nationally on the skills of a disaster and wilderness dog. Jenner demonstrated wilderness and water search at the International Rescue Dog Symposium in Boulder in 1995, and appeared in a National Geographic program on search and rescue disaster dogs.
Jenner’s search career was compromised by his handler’s broken ankle and failing knees…. Nonetheless, he made several finds in both his wilderness and disaster work. Most noteworthy of these is his location of an elderly woman who had been lost 3 days in the Holy Cross Wilderness, and his find of a worker who had been killed in an explosion in the Great Western Sugar Plant in Scottsbluff, NE. Jenner experienced an amazing survival situation when he was swept into a large culvert while searching the Ft. Collins Flood in 1997, and was transported 1500 feet in an underground floodwater system. He showed great strength and a tremendous will to live, and emerged alive. Jenner’s favorite activity was retrieving, and he achieved his Started Hunting Retriever (SHR) title with four straight passes at the age of eight, when his handler finally decided to let him pursue this activity. Jenner had a lot of attributes: excellent hips, great lineage, endless play drive, great temperament, and immeasurable courage. With these qualities, the decision was made to breed Jenner. At the current time, Jenner has 11 FEMA certified pups (and one grand-pup), as well as additional wilderness and retriever titled pups and grand-pups. Hopefully, his genes and spirit will enhance both search and retrieving lines for years to come. Jenner had his 9th birthday on deployment in New York City, and his vast experience in searching, his great agility, and his courage and determination really came through at this most difficult of searches. Like many of the search dogs, Jenner worked a double duty at the WTC, locating the victims of the disaster, and providing incredible solace and grief therapy to the workers. Jenner had a presence and a quiet, open welcome that invited strangers to hug him and talk to him, and the most incredible eyes that totally engaged people in communication. Together, we presented programs to share our experience and our grief, always amazed and healed by the love and concern expressed by the people who came to hear. In July of 2002, after collapsing on the trail on one of our favorite walks, Jenner was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and a weakened heart. His chemo-therapy was miraculous, and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the fine veterinarians who allowed him to have a high quality of life. After struggling for a year with priorities, in June of 2003 I retired from my 28 year career as a Park Ranger/Manager for the City of Boulder, with much of the incentive being to spend more time with Jenner. We traveled from ocean to ocean, played and retrieved, and went on long walks and swims in his beloved Colorado haunts. On June 4th of 2004, Jenner had a great time on a three mile hike and creek splash, retrieving logs, and wasn’t even stiff coming home. The next day he was fine, but on Sunday he didn’t want to get up. We spent two days trying to figure out a diagnosis, control the pain, and make things somehow work again. In the end, he was strong, dignified, courageous and totally present…… except that his spine had dissolved from the multiple myeloma. We both knew he had to go. I am so grateful for his lifetime with me, and that we had the chance to reminisce together about all our experiences, and that he died peacefully with his head in my hands. So many are not so lucky. Jenner was a gentleman, an inspiration, and a hero. He was friend, teacher, search dog, service dog, eager retriever – all at a whispered request - full of joy and love for life. He was a working partner and a dear friend, and I will always miss him.
In Loving Memory of
LANHAM, Md. -- Police in Prince George's County, Md., say an officer's K9 partner died early Wednesday morning after a traffic accident. Investigators said the Metropolitan Police Department officer was traveling northbound on Forbes Boulevard toward Martin Luther King Jr. Highway, when a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction crossed the double yellow lines. The officer reportedly swerved to avoid the other vehicle, lost control of his car and struck a tree. He was transported to an area hospital with head lacerations. His dog, Jackson, was transported to an emergency animal hospital and pronounced dead. Jackson worked for the MPD for six years and had several arrests to his credit. Prince George's County police are looking for the driver of the second car. D.C. police have lost one of their four-legged members. Jackson, a seven-year-old Labrador Retriever, died this morning after the car he was riding in was involved in an accident. Authorities say Jackson's handler, officer James Yates, was driving on Forbes Boulevard in Lanham when a car coming the other way crossed the line and headed straight for him. Yates swerved to avoid that car and wound up hitting a tree. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but Jackson wasn't so lucky. The dog died at an animal hospital. Jackson had been working for MPD the last six years as a narcotics dog. Prince George's County police are investigating the accident. A spokeswoman says the other car ever stopped. They're asking any witnesses to come forward.
submitted by James Cortina, Dir. CPWDA & Dusty Simon
In Loving Memory
In Loving Memory
Sheriff's K9 dog
In Loving Memory of
K-9 JOHN HENRY
May 7, 2004
SAR Handler: Liz Weaver
Sonoran Search & Rescue
Pinal County Arizona
I must inform you of the loss of my partner, John Henry. He passed on May 7, 2004, after a long and debilitating spinal cord tumor illness. I was able to take him on one last K-9 practice the week before his death, loading my jeep up with his special mattress and slings and hot dogs :). He truly enjoyed seeing the desert and hills we used to climb. Team members we used to help "torment!" He was truly an awesome and majestic K-9. John was certified air-scent and Cadaver, mainly used for Cadaver work. He loved his work and was very proud and noble.
John Henry SAR K-9 #2103
March 4, 1994 - May 7, 2004
I Honor you and love you always. You were always by my side; in the heat of the desert in the blacknessof the night; Searching for lost souls; whilst always keeping me with-inyour protection. Ever so gentle with Victims of plight; ever so knowing when some thingsnot right. You knew your job well JOHN HENRY and did it with a heart so Great, NO ONE ever Forgot you. I am most Honored to have been able to walk beside you,
as your partner and your mom.
You did a great job " BayBoo" I Love You.
I cut some hair from around your eyes;
to help me better see the trail ahead!
I cut some hair from around your ears;
to help me hear a weakened cry!
I cut some hair from around your back;
to give me strength to carry on!
I cut some hair from around your heart:
to remind me, we still beat as one!
In a Locket next to my heart, we are ONE John Henry, we beat as one! Vaya Con Dios, John Henry, Vaya Con Dios.
Love MOM May 7, 2004
In Loving Memory of
September 28, 1998
SAR Handler: Ralph Weaver
Sonoran Search & Rescue
Pinal County Arizona
Away from SAR work he was very territorial and protective, but on a search he was so sweet and gentle, I once looked over to my truck to see a reporter giving him a hug and a kiss, and I remember thinking.. "I hope I never see her in town and she tries that, geez she'll get bit" :)) Just goes to show, these KIDS of ours are so smart, they know exactly what, when , where, and how much. This has been so hard to bear, I can't believe it's been almost 3 weeks already. I never thought I could survive without his presence and I long to hold him again, but I know he's healthy and happy, running free up in heaven, with my husband Ralph and his dog Max, whom I need to add too. Max was a mastiff, in training for tracking, he died from a brain tumor before being certified. I'll have to look up the date. My husband died after Max from a heart attack on December 22, 2000. I have an awesome picture of both of them tracking. Now that was a funny site to see, for when Max got hot on a track, he flew down it and my husband would only touch ground every so often! used to bring lots of laughs, everyone loved to watch the show. I still have two Certified K-9's , kids of John's, both certified in air-scent and Cadaver. Giesla, a daughter, 6 years, and Jae-Bei, a son four years. Thank You so much for your web site, you are truly a gift from GOD. and meant to do this good work in his Honor. Thank you. You must get lots of hard to read letters, but you are helping all of us K-9 handlers so much by your service. I can spend hours reading everything on your site, but here lately it's been hard to admit he's gone, and I've been putting this off long enough. thank you thank you-thank you.
Please let me know where to send and what to send. if it's okay I wrote a letter to John, to put on his Flag card. Thank You Lulu for your time and concern for all K-9's.
Sincerely and with Love,
6510 W. Fillmore St. - Phoenix, AZ - 623-936-4988