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
K-9 Bishop began his service with the FHP in 1995, where he
served his fellow troopers and particularly his handler, Sergeant Dan Hinton, until he retired April 2003. During his career, he is credited with
countless drug seizures, including one case when he alerted to 2500 pounds of marijuana and 328 kilos of cocaine. K-9 Bishop died
on August 5, 2005 and will always be missed by those who knew him and remembered for his duty and service to the citizens of
the State of Florida.
In Loving Memory of
Handler: Trooper Orlando Saavedra
Miami Police Department-Florida
On September 19, 1995, K9 Billy
began his career with the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Trooper Orlando
Troop E Miami. Working in conjunction with the South Florida Money
Laundering Strike Force (SFMLSF), K9 Billy was responsible
for the seizure of $6,866,285 in US currency and a total of $19,160,300 in
narcotics. K9 Billy was also responsible for seizures
made by other federal and local law enforcement agencies; his searches
were a key part of investigations that resulted in the arrest of countless targets. K9 Billy also performed a total of 13 tracks that
resulted in the capture of five suspects. He was by his
handler's side during a multiple assailant shootout in 1997. K9 Billy was a
dedicated partner who only wanted to be with
his handler and work. K9 Billy became ill after suffering bloat and was
eventually retired from service in April 2000. He lived with his family until he passed away in 2005. All who came in
contact with him loved K9 Billy.
He was an asset to the Department and is missed by all.
In Loving Memory of
Buster was a tough dog and hid his illness from me until just last week. He worked midnight shift on 3/9/05 and finished his tour of duty at 0800 hours. I brought him to our vet that evening and together we decided that he would need further treatment at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital. There, Buster underwent several tests and on Thursday morning the Doctors had diagnosed him with inoperable and terminal cancer. I picked him up on Thursday afternoon and spent the rest of the day and all day Friday just hanging out with him. I couldn't help staring into his eyes feeling that I had somehow let him down. Saturday morning was a beautiful sunny morning. I let Buster outside and he laid on my back deck just taking it all in. It's so hard to explain, but when I let him back inside I knew that it was time to let him go. He just looked tired! I find comfort in the fact that Buster was not alone when he left this earth. Present and former K-9 handlers from my department were crowded in the room at the Pitman Animal Hospital. I'm forever in their debt for the compassion and support that they showed for Buster and me that day. Dr. Hallman and her assistant Kate were gentle and kind and helped Buster go to rest with all the dignity and respect that he deserved. I'm so grateful that I had the opportunity to be teamed up with Buster. He was my first Police dog and I'll never forget the times we had together. I hope that somehow he knew how much he really meant to me. He protected me every day for eight years and did so much good for the people of our town and in the surrounding towns. He was fearless to the end and gave me courage when I was unsure of myself. Part of me has gone with him but I am a better cop and a better person for having known him. There truly is no better assignment in police work than being assigned to the K-9 Unit!UPDATE
This whole thing started a few weeks ago when I adopted a new puppy on a total whim from the Gloucester Co. Animal Shelter. They always help us out with supplies down there and on this occasion I was only there to get some towels so that I could give Buster a bath. Something made me ask to check out the dogs just to look around. I really had no intention of getting another dog right now. As soon as I walked in their kennel there was a 5 month old Black German shepherd puppy who was the spitting image of Buster sitting in one of the runs with his ears standing straight up almost in a triangle touching each other. They told me that he'd been there almost 1 1/2 months with no one interested. I adopted him and brought him home the next day. At first, I thought that Buster was jealous and had a hard time adjusting to the puppy, but he still played with him and tolerated the puppy jumping all over him. He just was acting "not himself." After about 3 weeks there was really not much change. This past week when he was passing up his food I got concerned and took him to the vet. Long story short, I'm thinking this puppy came to me for a reason. He has Buster's face and has really helped me through this time. I'm hoping that in the 3 short weeks that he and Buster were together, Buster was able to give him a few pointers. Who knows maybe one day I'll get to back to K-9 school. Wouldn't it be something if this dog got to be a Police Dog? By the way, I named him "Rizzo" in honor of the former Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo. When Frank Rizzo ran Philly P.D., everyone of the runs at the Philadelphia Police K-9 Unit was full. Their numbers have since been greatly reduced. My little tribute to the great guys who trained Buster and me. submitted by Dan
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In Loving Memory of
Police dog memorialized By AMY V. TALIT, The Bristol Press 12/31/05 CT
BRISTOL -- Nearly 200 police officers from Bristol and other departments and city residents gathered in the Bristol Eastern High School auditorium Friday morning to pay respects to police dog Bosco who was killed during a burglary investigation Dec. 20. The 3-year-old German shepherd who served the department for over two years with his handler, Officer Greg Blackinton, died after he was fatally shot when he attacked a city police officer, who the dog believed to be a burglary suspect. Mayor William Stortz said, "Some people may think it’s unusual to have a memorial service for a dog, but I don’t. Bosco was an unusual dog and he was family to Greg [Blackinton] and he was family to the police department." Seated at the front of the auditorium were approximately 10 K-9 units from departments such as Stratford, Monroe, West Hartford, Southington and the state police. East Hartford sent three of their K-9 teams to pay respects to the deceased police dog. Also present at the memorial service was Easton police officer Tamra French and her K-9 partner Chase. French and Chase went through the K-9 training program with Blackinton and Bosco. Chief John DiVenere told those gathered that the department and the city are committed to not only continuing the K-9 program, but also to expanding and improving it. He said "some people in the community are happy about his [Bosco’s] passing, but those people should know ..the K-9 program will continue." DiVenere said despite the high cost, the department hopes to have two new police dogs by spring. Blackinton said when the new dogs are purchased he will accept another assignment as a K-9 handler because he feels it will be cathartic and he loves the work as a K-9 officer. After Bosco was killed, DiVenere said, several people sent donations to the department in support of the valuable K-9 program. He said one of those donations especially caught his attention. The card accompanying the $50 donation was written by a 9-year-old named Lisa who wrote: "I am donating $50 to Bosco because you [the police department] are always outside collecting money for juvenile diabetes. This helps me because I have diabetes. I collected this money walking dogs." Officer Bill Kenney opened the ceremony by calling on department chaplain, the Rev. Nick Melo of St. Anthony’s Church, to make some remarks. Melo said Bosco was "dedicated to protecting and serving." He said the dog "did not think of his own safety, but did as he was trained" to serve the department. After Melo’s comments, Kenney said police officers deal with tragic events on a regular basis, and over the years he learned the best way to deal with the emotional stress involved is to talk about it with other people. As he did so, in an attempt to deal with his emotions about Bosco’s death, Kenney said he was shocked to come across a handful of people whose only remark was, "It’s just a dog." Saying it’s just a dog couldn’t be further from the truth where Bosco is concerned, said Kenney before he read a poem appropriately titled, "Just a Dog." In his years of service to the department, Bosco was called upon to assist officers serving warrants to discourage people from fleeing. He helped to search for suspects and missing people and was occasionally called to assist other departments in performing functions too dangerous for a human officer. Kenney said a police dog will do whatever it takes to keep their human counterparts safe. They are asked to put themselves in harm’s way and gladly do it, asking only for a scratch behind the ear, a belly rub or a romp with a favorite toy. Former five-term mayor and city council liaison to the Board of Police Commissioners, Frank Nicastro, said dogs play an important part in police work and have been known to save many lives every year. Not only the lives of police officers, Nicastro said, but also those of children and others and oftentimes the heroics of a dog go unnoticed. Stortz said the first time he met Bosco was at a Rotary Club function and he was immediately both impressed and proud of the dog, who always acted in a professional manner. At the front of the auditorium there was a large banner with a photograph of Bosco and a poem written by city paramedic Sharon Kenney. Bill Kenney said the banner was donated by Ron Duhaime of Funk Funeral Home. Kenney said Duhaime assisted in setting up the memorial and transporting Bosco’s ashes. "Without his help this wouldn’t have been possible," Kenney said of Duhaime. As the ceremony drew to a close, Nicastro played taps as a slide presentation of Bosco was shown on a screen at the front of the auditorium. Just before the slide show, Kenney said in closing, "Look into the eyes of a four-legged officer and you will see the soul of a warrior, ready and waiting. Officer Bosco was that warrior. Officer Bosco wore the badge and laid down his life as only a warrior could."
Saying Goodbye To Bosco
Officials, Police, Friends Honor German Shepherd Who Died In Line Of Duty
December 31, 2005 By DON STACOM, Courant Staff Writer CT
BRISTOL -- Police from as far as Waterford and Easton attended in uniform, the pastor of St. Anthony's Church read from Scripture and former Mayor Frank Nicastro sounded taps on his trumpet. They had come to say goodbye to Bosco, the police dog. A crowd of more than 180 people, along with a dozen police dogs, gathered for a memorial service Friday morning at Bristol Eastern High School's auditorium for Bosco, the German shepherd killed outside a Sims Road burglary scene two weeks ago. "Bosco faithfully served the people of the Bristol community. He was dedicated to protecting and serving," the Rev. Nicholas Melo, the police department's chaplain, told the audience. "We ask God to heal our hearts that grieve our loss. May Bosco live forever in your loving arms." Twelve police dogs from around the state sat at the front of the auditorium with their handlers throughout the ceremony, and the audience was cautioned against applauding any speakers so the dogs would not be startled. The city police force's three-member color guard stood at attention beside the flag, and at least two TV news cameras recorded the scene. Floral displays were positioned on the stage, and sympathy cards covered a display board. "Some people may think it's unusual to have a memorial service for a dog. I don't," Mayor William Stortz said. "Bosco was an unusual dog. He was more than a dog - he was a police officer and a protector of us all." Speakers described Bosco as a "four-legged officer" who was fearless and devoted to his handler, Officer Greg Blackinton. Bosco had been sent to search for burglars in a Sims Road house when he raced out of a rear door and attacked Officer Bryan Aleia, who was standing guard in the backyard. After biting Aleia, the dog pulled away but turned to attack again, and Aleia fired his shotgun in defense. The blast killed Bosco. "Bosco was more than just a dog, as everybody knows," Chief John DiVenere told the audience. "There are people in our community who are happy with his passing. They should know that not only will we continue the [police canine] program, we will expand it." Melo and DiVenere read poetic tributes to dogs, and DiVenere thanked the community for donating thousands of dollars to acquire a new dog. DiVenere promised that the police department will review its training and procedures to prevent any similar incident in the future. "Officer Bosco laid down his life as only a warrior could," Officer Bill Kenney said after showing a series of photos of Bosco's work with the police force. Nicastro's performance of taps concluded the ceremony. Dog handlers from West Hartford, East Hartford, Newtown, Southington, Ledyard and other communities walked back to patrol cars marked "K-9 unit" and, in some cases, "Stand back." While most of the crowd moved toward the cafeteria for a small reception, more than two dozen people lined up to offer condolences to Blackinton.
Updates of service submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Officer shoots police dog to death during attack
Associated Press - December 20 2005
An officer shot a police dog to death Tuesday when it attacked him as authorities searched for a burglary suspect, police said. Police surrounded a home on Sims Road after the owner reported that someone broke in and stole two handguns. The nearby Ivy Drive Elementary School was locked down for several hours during the search for the suspect. Officer Greg Blackinton sent police dog Bosco, a German shepherd, into the house to look for the thieves. Police said the dog then ran out of the house and bit Officer Brian Aleia on the leg. When the dog attacked Aleia a second time, the officer shot the dog with a shotgun, police said. The dog was taken to a veterinarian but died, authorities said. Aleia was treated for minor leg injuries at Bristol Hospital. It was not clear when he would return to work. Police arrested the suspect, Zachary Girardin, 22, about an hour and a half later at a gas station. Authorities said officers had to wrestle one of the stolen handguns out of his hands. Girardin was charged with several crimes and was held on $100,000 bond. He was to be arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Wednesday. Blackinton was given time off because of the death of the dog, police said.
Memorial scheduled for police dog By AMY V. TALIT, The Bristol Press 12/28/05 CT
BRISTOL -- A special public memorial service for police dog Bosco, who was killed Dec. 20 while assisting in a burglary investigation, will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the Bristol Eastern High School auditorium. Police department chaplain, the Rev. Nicholas Melo, pastor of St. Anthony Church, will officiate, according to a police press release. There will also be readings and a video of Bosco. The department asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bristol Police Dog Fund and sent to the police department at 131 N. Main St. Bosco worked with Officer Greg Blackinton for almost three years, according to department records, during which time he assisted in several drug raids. The German shepherd was also instrumental in searching for missing persons as well as tracking bank robbers and other suspects. The department acquired a second dog, Zeus, in late spring and Chief John DiVenere said he had hoped to have a third dog by spring 2006 so each of the three shifts would have canine coverage. DiVenere said the police K-9 program is very valuable to police, and often times departments will call in police dogs from neighboring towns’ departments to assist in police operations. An officer killed Bosco when the dog attacked him while searching for a burglary suspect, DiVenere said he is hopeful the department will be able to purchase two new dogs by spring instead of the one. The total cost of the dog, including training for the dog and its police handler, food and modifying a cruiser for the dog is about $20,000, according to records. In the days immediately after Bosco’s death, several members of the community sent donations to the department in an effort to assist with the funding needed to purchase another dog, said Lt. Eric Osanitsch. "People recognize it was a loss and they want to help," said Osanitsch, "The department is thankful and greatly appreciates the community’s support." above & below photos submitted by
Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
The City of Bristol currently has two K-9 Unit, Ofc. Blackinton with K-9 Bosco and Ofc. Tavares with K-9 Zeus. Both dogs are cross-trained in narcotics, tracking and protection. The dogs and their handlers undergo extensive and rigorous training before becoming part of the K-9 Unit and must continue to train constantly to maintain the level of excellence required to work together on the street. Bosco and Zeus were born, raised and trained in Czechoslovakia, home to some of the greatest police dog trainers in the world. They were hand picked to be police dogs in the United States after being shown, completed and titling in competitions across Europe. Both Bosco and Zeus are IPO and Schutzhund certified dogs. Schutzhund is one of the highest measures of ability in the dog world. The purpose of Schutzhund (which is German for protection dog) is to demonstrate the dog's intelligence & utility. It measures, amongst other things, a dog’s endurance, willingness to work, ability to scent and courage. Very few dogs meet the high standards of Schutzhund. The Bristol Police K-9 Units are proactive officers that work within the patrol division and are available to assist other patrolmen at all hours. Because Bosco and Zeus are valuable members of the Bristol Police Department, they both wear bullet-proof vests to protect them from harm.
above taken from Bristol PD website:
In Loving Memory of
In Loving Memory of
In Loving Memory of
K9 - Bullet Euthanized
- 10/14/05, neurological disorder that affected his
spine and hips
Bullet, an 8-year-old German shepherd, served as a
Milpitas police dog for six and a half years. Bullet
officially retired from duty earlier this year due to a
neurological disorder that affected his spine and hips.
"He retired in late August, because he was no longer
able to do any running or jumping," Milpitas police
Officer John Torrez said. Torrez, an 11-year police
officer, was Bullet's handler and trainer. In turn,
Bullet was Torrez's faithful in-field partner. Bullet
was imported from Germany on Nov. 6, 1998. He began
service as a police dog on Dec. 31, 1998. Bullet was
trained in obedience, socialization, building and area
searches, tracking, evidence searching, scouting and
apprehension work, police records state. In June 1999,
Officer Torrez and Bullet completed narcotic detection
training. While in narcotics training, Bullet learned
to detect the odor of illegal drugs such as marijuana,
cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. The pair responded
to nearly 1,000 calls for service, conducting nearly 200
narcotics searches and appearing in 29 public canine
demonstrations. Following his nose during searches,
Bullet sniffed out more than $26,000 of illegal drugs as
well as a total of $278,330 in U.S. currency. "He
relied on me to brush him and feed him and take care of
him. And I relied on him to do what he (was) trained to
do," Officer Torrez said. Bullet also competed and took
part in police service dog competitions in California,
Idaho and Nevada. Bullet earned 78 medals and trophies
in nearly 40 canine competitions. "He's got a lot of
miles under his belt," Officer Torrez said. In
addition, Bullet was used for dog safety demonstrations
at local elementary schools. With Bullet as a willing
participant, students learned how to approach and pet an
unfamiliar dog. Bullet didn't mind mingling with young
children. "He was a really social dog, very
approachable," Officer Torrez said. "I had no problems.
You wouldn't know he was a police dog." In his off
hours, Bullet went home with his partner and handler.
"When I went home he went home, when I went on vacation,
he went on vacation," Officer Torrez said. The award
winning German shepherd retired from police service Aug.
23 due to a debilitating neurological disorder, which
affected his hind legs and ability to walk. Bullet's
medical condition deteriorated rapidly. On Oct. 14,
Bullet was euthanized, and later cremated. "I think
Bullet was unique in that he had a good temperament a
good on and off switch. Bullet could do a demo with kids
and then go and find a suspect, and then go back and do
another demo with kids," Officer Torrez said. "He
enjoyed the work." Officer Torrez is expected to
continue as a police dog handler. He is training his new
dog, Wiley, a 2-year-old German shepherd City of
Milpitas recently purchased from a breeder in Holland.
Wiley and Officer Torrez are due to hit Milpitas'
streets together later this month.
K9 Basko, a Redondo Beach, California canine for five years, lost his life when during a training exercise he ingested a fatal amount of cocaine. On Friday morning K9 Basko was training prior to a canine competition in Temecula, California when he located a cocaine aid under a refrigerator. K9 Basko put his face under the refrigerator and was able to grab the cocaine aid in the rear. K9 Basko pulled the aid out and dropped it immediately, but he was able to puncture the "puncture proof" bag before dropping the aid. At the time of the incident it did not appear that Basko ingested any of the cocaine. He did not lick his lips, have any residue on his nose or mouth or act strange in any other manner. Within 20 minutes of the incident K9 Basko was in full cardiac arrest. Officer Greenleaf immediately drove K9 Basko to an emergency clinic. While en route to the clinic K9 Basko moved beside Officer Greenleaf and then put his full mouth around Officer Greenleaf's arm and applied a small amount of pressure. K9 Basko then died in his lap. K9 Basko was a five year veteran of the Redondo Beach Police Department. K9 Basko was a "Cross-Trained" canine. During his first week on the street K9 Basko apprehended a murder suspect hiding in a garage.
Hundreds gather to honor fallen Redondo Beach canine.
An emotional officer Ken Greenleaf draws on support from other police canine handlers.
His dog, Basko, died from ingesting cocaine during a drug-finding exercise.
By Josh Grossberg Daily Breeze 11/16/05 CA
Dozens of dogs wailed mournfully as the sun started to set and a bagpipe began its melancholy tune. The dogs -- and their handlers -- came from police departments across Southern California on Tuesday to say goodbye to one of their own, Basko, a Redondo Beach police dog who died earlier this month after eating cocaine during a certification exercise. With hundreds of well-wishers looking on during a ceremony in front of the Redondo Beach police station, the dogs marched past a small table covered with pictures of Basko and awards he had won, while their owners shook hands with his partner for the past four years, officer Ken Greenleaf. Holding back tears, Greenleaf uncovered a plaque honoring his partner that will join 15 other markers for Redondo Beach police canines who have died. "We did everything together," Greenleaf said. "He was always there." Basko was named after two dogs Greenleaf previously worked with: Boris and Asko. The past few weeks have been difficult, but Greenleaf said he has relied on the support of friends and colleagues. "It's been hard and easy," he said. "A lot of people have supported me." Police dogs are trained not to put things in their mouths, but Greenleaf said Basko tried to reach for a bag of cocaine hidden under a refrigerator during the Nov. 4 exercise. The bag was supposed to be puncture proof, but somehow the dog tore a hole in it. "He thought it was a toy," he said. Within 20 minutes, Basko had a heart attack and died as Greenleaf sped through the streets in his police cruiser with sirens blaring as he tried to find help for the 5-year-old dog. During the ceremony, city and police officials lauded the dog's contribution. We're here to pay tribute to a fallen hero," Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin said. "The fact that it has four legs instead of two should be of no consequence. We lost a member of the city family. It's been tough for all of us." Redondo Beach Police Chief Robert Luman hailed not only Basko, but Greenleaf, who has trained dogs for years for other agencies. "Handlers are not picked randomly," he said. "They must be patient, diligent and show an affinity to animals," he said. Although he died tragically, Luman said Basko died with honor. "Basko died doing what he loved and with someone he loved the most. Perhaps that's not such a bad way to go." Police from as far away as Port Hueneme came to pay their respects. "It's a big family," said canine officer Shonn Rojas of the Tustin police. "He lost his partner and his friend." In his few years on the force, Basko helped track down murder suspects and uncovered an untold amount of drugs. But Greenleaf said that it was the dog's impact on the community that he'll miss most. As he neared death, Basko did something that brought comfort to Greenleaf. He thinks that maybe his pal was trying to let him know that everything was going to be OK. "He reached up and grabbed my arm and went to sleep," he said.
Service will be held on November 15 @ 5:00 pm
Redondo Beach Police Department.
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Police Dog Smothers in Police Car 10/4/2005 By: Jim Forsyth
A police officer in the small south Texas town of George West has been disciplined after a drug sniffing dog died in the back of his patrol car, 1200 WOAI news reported today. George West Police chief Ray Garza says the dog, a six year old golden retriever named Buddy, was in the back of the patrol car when the officer in charge of him went into his house. Garza says the officer apparently 'forgot' Buddy was there. "From what I gather from talking to the officer, he forgot he was there, he went inside the house, and got tied up doing something inside the house, and didn't realize what had happened until he got back to the car," Garza said. The chief said the dog apparently died of heat exposure. He says Buddy was in the locked car with the windows rolled up for a 'couple of hours' with the temperature in the area over 100 degrees. Garza says the officer, who he declined to identify, is 'taking it pretty hard.' The officer has been disciplined, although Garza declined to say what type of discipline was meted out. He says drug sniffing dogs are a critical part of police activity in a town like George West, which sits on major drug distribution routes from Mexico into the U.S. He says police are in the process of trying to obtain a new drug dog.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
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He was 14 years old and as cantankerous as ever. He spent the last year living as a "normal" dog relaxing everyday in the backyard. I cannot say enough about his career and the fact that he taught me how to be a dog handler. He will always live in my heart and be a legend to those who knew him. Farewell my friend, until we meet again.
President of the National Police Canine Association.
submitted by Ron Labarriere
The Officers each handle dual-purpose canines and the entire unit trains together each week in order to maintain a high skill level of the K-9 teams.
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- On Tuesday morning, May 17th, DPS K9 "Barry" was found deceased in
kennel before his
shift was to begin. "Barry" was assigned to K9 officer Marty Lepird in
submitted by:Scott Cramer
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submitted by John Seilbach
died 01/15/05 at age of 12 1/2 years retired from HCSO in June 2002 served 7 years in K9 cross trained in both Patrol and Narcotics detection served with then Dfc Hindenlang K9-2
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Canine Bruno is a Belgian Malinois, with over ten years of service with the New Orleans Police Department. Canine Bruno was the first dual purpose Belgian Malinois used by the department. Canine Bruno is trained in Narcotics Detection and Patrol Work and has ranked as the "Top Dog' in the South for over eight years. Canine Bruno has made the single largest Narcotics find, 36 Kilos of Cocaine, and well over 500 Felony arrest in patrol work. Bruno was trained by Officer Rudy Fascio of the Canine Division, a Certified and Master Trainer.
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They were almost inseparable for 2 years,
tracking criminals and hunting drugs. On duty and off,
they protected each other. Now, the empty cage in the
back of Deputy John Hinton's cruiser is a daily reminder
that his partner Brit is gone.
The 10 year old German shepherd died Jan. 4 and was
memorialized yesterday at the Morrow County Sheriff's
More than 50 mourners most in uniform, gathered in the
cold to salute their friend and fellow officer. A stone
statue in Brit's likeness stood watch over the crowd.
Above them, the American flag flapped in the wind at
His death was sudden. The dog collapsed at Hinton's feet
while on duty. After test revealed an inoperable brain
tumor, Hinton made the difficult decision to put him to
The news of his death prompted some in the community to
send sympathy cards, letters and donations. Such trained
dogs are expensive to replace. Sheriff's budgets are
tight everywhere and Sheriff Steven R. Brenneman said
he was unsure how to county would have afforded the
roughly $7,500 for a new dog.
Darron Sparks of the nonprofit Dogs Against Drugs/Dogs
Against Crime drove from Anderson, IN about 30 miles
northeast of Indianapolis, to attend the service and
deliver a donation to cover the cost of replacing Brit.
The dog is a brother officer, I realize they're more
than just a dog. Community donations will go toward
veterinary care, food and training for new dog.
Honoring a K-9 isn't uncommon. The Fairfield County
Sheriff's Office this week assigned the ran of sergeant
to a newly retired dog, Rex, a Belgian Malinois, ended
his career Tuesday. His spot will stay empty until
funding becomes available.
The relationship between K-9 officer and handler is a
unique one. It is more than a partnership, it is family.
They share successes and failures and at the end of the
day, they go home together and keep the bond tight for
survival depends on it. Some Morrow County sheriff's
employees say they'll welcome a replacement but Brit
will be missed. He was John's dog and John's partner.
Brit was a big part of our office.
Hinton and Brit's former handlers, Sgt. Troy Landon are
still adjusting to the loss. Brit was the only dog on
the force for 6 years. Hinton said that when he
patrolled with Brit, the dog attracted all the
attention. They always remembered his name, but they
could never remember mine.