Vermont State Police
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-2101
Ed HXerxes was 14 years old when he died. Xerxes came to the
Hunter family as a young puppy. He quickly became
member of the family, a loyal friend, and a partner
eager to always go to work even up to the final days
before his passing.
During his career Xerxes had a great record of
successful tracks. Ed and Xerxes graduated from Basic
Dog School on Nov 1, 1996. Basic Narcotics
Detection School just 1 year later on Nov 21, 1997, and
the Advanced Tracking School on May 21, 1999.
Drug Dog of the Year Award - 1999, by VPCA
Canine and Handler of the Year Award - 2000, 2002, by
Meritorious Service Award - Vermont State Police.
Professional Dog of the
Year - 2003, by the VT Veterinary Medical Association
In Loving Memory of
April 5, 1992 ~ April 10, 2006
Handler: Deputy Chief Timothy Sheehan
Tewksbury Police Department
918 Main St.
Tewksbury, MA 01876
service are 08/20/93 - 06/07/2002
I would like you to know that XIRO (ZIRO) was the first
Tewksbury Police K-9. He was well respected and
highly decorated. XIRO and his handler Tim Sheehan
went anywhere anytime. It didn’t matter if a
community needed help twenty minutes away. If they
got the call, they answered it. XIRO made the news
quit often, weather it was for catching an armed
suspect; sniffing out large amounts of narcotics or
community service he and his partner Tim Sheehan were
there to answer the call for service. XIRO served
the Town of Tewksbury Massachusetts and many other
surrounding cities and towns in the area for close to
ten years. He has done a great service to the town
and made us all proud to call him a brother officer.
Deputy Sheehan has set the standard for K-9 handlers and
will always be regarded as one of the best.
Police Dog Prayer
Oh almighty God, who’s great power
and eternal wisdom
embraces the universe, watch over
my handler while I sleep.
Protect my handler from harm while
I am unable to do so.
I pray, help keep our streets and
homes safe while my handler
and I rest. I ask for your loving care
because my handler's duty
is dangerous. Grant my handler your
unending strength and
courage in our daily assignments,
dear God, Protect my brave
handler, grant your almighty
protection, united my handler
safely with the family after the tour
of duty has ended.
I ask nothing for myself. Amen