In Loving Memory of
November 13, 2006
Nueces County Sheriff's Office
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
Phone: (361) 887-2222 Fax: (361) 887-2206
Email: County Sheriff
The Nueces County courthouse is monitored by a
state of the art security system and a private
However, the sheriff's
Department provides one to two officers to
monitor the courthouse and have purchased
explosive "bomb" detection K-9. After September
11th, the security of our government buildings
was severely compromised.
The "bomb" K-9 is
stationed at the courthouse security gate and
conducts walkthroughs of the entire courthouse
Loving Memory of
Last Wednesday, I helped my K-9 partner Hannah
cross the Rainbow Bridge She had been with me
for almost 11 years
and touched many more lives
than I can even imagine. She had been to
countless presentations, events, and trainings. She had been a member of the Civil Air Patrol,
Snake River K-9 Rescue Unit, Gooding County SAR,
the Idaho Chapter of the Oregon California Trail
Association and Semper Vigilance K-9 Rescue and
Recovery. She had saved lives,
victims, located graves, and taught many about
SAR and HRD K-9's. The first life she saved was
my own when I was knocked unconscious at a
training. She had the problems solving skills to
bring the practice victim to my aid. I will
greatly miss her. That others may live.
That families may have closure That history may
Handler/Partner: Lynn Porter
River K-9 Rescue Unit
Gooding County, Idaho
Lynn Porter - Semper Vigilance
Loving Memory of
Sgt. Steve Spadafora
South Bend Police Department
701 W. Sample Street
South Bend, Indiana 46601
Phone: (574) 235-9201 Fax: (574) 288-0268
SBPD's K9 unit
is assigned to the uniform patrol division. It is comprised of seven teams.
Each team consists of an officer and his loyal canine companion. The Canine
Unit has become a great asset to the officers of the South Bend Police
Department and the citizens of South Bend. Since it's simple beginnings in
the early 1960's the unit has grown to seven teams. There are three teams
assigned to the afternoon and midnight shifts. The seventh team is assigned
to the day shift.
their human partners who pass the initial selection process undergo a full ten
week training course before assignment to the unit. The starting age of the
average police service dog is 15 months. The average career
for our dogs is six
years. Upon ending his career, the canine is allowed to live in "retirement"
with his handler.
aid patrol officers in many aspects. These include: building searches, area
searches, tracks and article searches. Some of the dogs are trained in
narcotics and explosives detection. For information on a demonstration
school or organization contact us at 574-235-5858 ext 2148 and you will be
directed to the personnel responsible for scheduling these demonstrations.
published Jan 17, 2006
Police officer's buddy K-9 dies
Hans would tackle anything but a hose. Hans, the K-9 police dog, was deathly
scared of running water. "If a bad guy had picked up a garden hose instead of a
gun, he could probably have held off Hans," says South Bend police,
Officer Steve Spadafora, Hans' longtime partner. A hose, maybe. But not a gun or a club or a
or a round-house punch or even somebody's best bite.
"Yeah, there was one time we had a guy who even tried to bite Hans when Hans got
to him," Steve admits. Man bites dog. Man then bites the dust. In the end, Hans
was always there to help Steve take a bite out of crime. "Any accolades
gotten (like being named South Bend's police officer of the year in 2001) was
largely because of my little buddy, Hans," Steve says. "He deserved the honors
as much as I did." Steve figures that Hans, his partner for almost 10 years,
saved his life at least once, including when he grabbed the arm of a man who had
gun at Steve. "And there was another time that a bad guy fired three
times at Hans almost from point blank range." Hans kept on coming. Only a
squirt gun might have held him off. "I don't know what it was about Hans and
running water," Steve adds with a smile. Earlier this month, tears were running
when Steve and his family buried Hans out at the K-9 training area.
"He would have been 11 years old on Feb. 11, so he lived a pretty good life, but
he really didn't get much of a chance to enjoy retirement," Steve says. "We all
loved him. He was family."
Hans retired in August with a ceremony and salutations. He was replaced by
Steve's new partner, Fritz,
another German shepherd. He then stayed home with
Steve's wife, Dena, and their children, 8-year-old Sasha
Stevie. "I know it was tough on Hans when I would go off to work with Fritz,"
"When I would put on my uniform, he still figured it was time for
him to go, too. "It was also hard on me.
It was the end of an era for both of
Hans began following Dena around the house and resting his old bones more and
more. Then two weeks ago, he barked at the mailman and then waited at the back
door to go. "When I
called him a little later, he didn't come," Steve says. "I
found him in the yard just lying there. He died in the car on the way to the
vet." His heart had just given out. Maybe part of it was because of all those
chases and arrests.
all those nights of keeping the peace ... all those rides
in the back of a police car. "He was with me 24 hours a day,"
Steve says. "He
really was my little buddy." Hans was wonderful to have around. He could be as
gentle with the kids
as he was tough with criminals. He loved giving
demonstrations at area schools. "Hans was dignified, while Fritz is a little
more happy-go-lucky," Steve says. "Hans was a dog who thought he was a person.
Fritz is a dog who
thinks everyone else is a dog. "Steve knows not to compare
Fritz to Hans too much yet. "That's would be like
comparing a rookie cop to a
seasoned veteran," he admits. And he hopes that Fritz doesn't take offense when
he is occasionally called Hans by mistake. "When Steve and Hans were on the
scene, you knew you had a
great team there," says South Bend Capt. Jeff Walters.
"Even Steve admits that the dog may have had more to
do with making him a good
officer than he had to do with making Hans a good K-9." They always seemed to
know what the other one was thinking. "I would have all kinds of discussions with
Hans when we drove around,"
Steve says. "And he never once disagreed with me."
Hans did occasionally steal his partner's sandwich if he left
it on the
dashboard unattended. "And he would give me this funny dog smile in return,"
Hans also loved chasing rabbits, slobbering over rawhide chewies and having his
belly rubbed when he wasn't on duty. "He knew how to turn his work mode off and
on," Steve says. He was a bad guy's nightmare, a good cop's
dream dog and a
family's beloved pooch. "You couldn't ask for a better dog," Steve says. Or
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submitted by Julie
In Loving Memory of
November 13, 2006
County Sheriff's Office
Corpus Christi, Texas
Phone: (361) 887-2222
Fax: (361) 887-2206
Email: County Sheriff
The Nueces County
courthouse is monitored by a state of the art security system and a private
However, the sheriff's Department provides one to two officers
to monitor the courthouse and have purchased
and explosive "bomb" detection K-9.
After September 11th, the security of our government buildings was severely
compromised. The "bomb" K-9 is stationed at the courthouse security gate and
conducts walkthroughs of
the entire courthouse premises.