Loving Memory of
Partner: David Garrison
Hall County/Forsyth County Sheriff Dept.
To contact the K-9 Unit, call Deputy
Rodney Pirkle at 770-781-3059 or email
County/Forsyth County K-9 Lindee passes in her sleep at 12 years
old. Lindee never had any big busts, but faithfully worked for 9
years for two different counties, and will be missed by her
handler/owner David Garrison
Loving Memory of
Police Horse LOUIE
October 13, 2004
Patrolman Mike Green
The City of Indianapolis Police Department
IPD Mounted Patrol Section
55 No. Tibbs
Indianapolis, IN 46222
Police horse dies of injuries
Louie, 5, was hit by a truck after he bolted into street; IPD
says no public service planned.
Patrolman Michael Greene could see Wednesday that pain racked
his partner, a 5-year-old police horse recovering from a
collision with a truck. "He wasn't very comfortable because he
was tossing his head, the thing horses do when they feel bad,"
Greene said. "I told him I'd get him a blanket, and that I'd be
back." But before Greene could return, Louie died of the
injuries he suffered Tuesday. A former guard horse from
Louisiana's Angola Prison, Louie joined the Indianapolis Police
Department in 2001. He became the third department horse to die
in the two decades since the force relaunched its mounted unit.
As is customary, IPD will place a black wreath on Louie's stall
on the grounds of the old Central State Hospital. No public
service is planned. Louie, off-duty and unsaddled, broke away
from a handler around 11 a.m. Tuesday as he was being led to a
pasture. He darted through an open gate and into traffic on
North Tibbs Avenue. A Department of Public Works truck turning
north from Washington Street hit the 1,500-pound animal, spun
him around and hit him again. Besides suffering a gash and
internal injuries, Louie's head hit the truck's windshield, the
attending veterinarian believed. The horse appeared to be
recovering late Tuesday, but his condition worsened around 6
a.m. Wednesday as brain swelling became serious, said Dr. Chris
Ernst, Louie's Noblesville veterinarian. Louie suffered a
seizure and his breathing became labored. He died around noon.
"It was out of the blue," said Lt. Romona L. Rowlett, the
supervisor for IPD's 16-horse mounted patrol unit. "It's
tough." Greene, 50, a 20-year IPD veteran, had been training
and riding Louie since May. On duties as varied as traffic
control outside Colts games or honor guard at an officer's
funeral, Louie, a Thoroughbred/ Percheron mix, displayed an even
temperament that earned his partner's respect. Greene boasted
of how calm Louie remained last month while patrolling amid busy
traffic near the RCA Dome before the Colts-Packers game. "He
was a pretty good horse who was going to be great," Greene said.
Call Star reporter Tom
Spalding at (317) 444-2761.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA - story is in my book
"Heroes All Without Question"
The Bottom Half
I am the bottom half of this God fearing crew,
The love from my partner, will help see us through.
I was born to run wild, leave the danger that's
But the strength on my back, says I've nothing to
I feel your hands and your legs, they help as you
It's your strength that sustains me, when I could
run and hide.
Your spurs sometimes tickle, you use them to nudge,
Sometimes I sure need them, because I won't budge.
The children, they see us, they squeal with delight,
An Officer on horseback, what a beautiful sight!
When I am on duty, I'm not allowed to eat,
But just look at that grass, it's just under my
No one can describe it, this partnership and team,
We'll work as one forever, I'll feel you in my
The ride for now is over, the tack is recounted,
I'll rest till that time, we again will work