The F.A.S.T. Co. donates sets of memorial cards to all partners
I need your help to inform me of such losses.
Loving Memory of
Loving Memory of
Merion Police Department from 1998 until 2005 when he was retired. He passed
away in December of 2007. He was trained in basic patrol and narcotics
In Loving Memory of
K9 CARTS ~ Police Dog #23
September 23, 2001 ~ December 9, 2007
Handler: Snr. Const. Dave Williamson & Snr Const. Brett Williams
NSW Police Dog Unit
Ph: Australia 02 4683 0845
45 Hilton Park Road, Tahmoor, nsw, 2573, Australia
morning on December 9th, 2007, NSW Police were called to a break-in at
Corrimal Surf Club, south of Sydney, NSW, Australia. Two youths had stolen
a quad bike and used it, causing damage, before returning to the surf club.
Police arrived and the teenagers bolted. One stopped when police ordered
them to, the other fled into scrub and Carts was deployed to catch him.
seized the youth by the leg and sustained a severe stab wound to the neck
and then another, this time through the rib cage near the spine, collapsing
a lung. The offender escaped. Carts was rushed to a Wollongong Veterinary
Hospital but the veterinarian was unable to do the surgery required. The
dog was then taken to the Animal Referral Hospital at Strathfield, many
miles away. This beautiful dog died on the operating table.
Dog Carts was Beychief Will Cody, half brother to Police Dog Titan (Beychief
Magic Return), who was also stabbed to death.
In Loving Memory of
October 22, 2007
Handler: Jeff Jaeger - Sheriff
Lincoln County Sheriff's Dept.
Jeff Jaeger - Sheriff
Phone: 715-536-6272 - Fax: 715-536-6206
1104 E. First Street
Merrill WI 54452
— There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. Friday at Peaceful Pines
Memorials, 168 Lois Lane, Mosinee, for Lincoln County’s K9 deputy Chito.The
local VFW will be present to honor Chito. His handler, Mark Gartmann, will
lower the flag. Chito’s remains will be placed in the Honor Garden for
In Loving Memory of
September 11, 2007
Handler: Officer Gabe Allen
Joplin Police Department
602 S. Main St.
Joplin, MO 64801
(417) 623-3131 ext. 403
2009 see update below article.......
A police dog shot in the head early Tuesday by a robbery suspect ultimately died, a Joplin police officer said. Officer Travis Walthall, supervisor of the Joplin Police Department’s K-9 unit, said by telephone Tuesday afternoon that the dog, Cezar, was expected to survive the gunshot wound unless complications arise. Lt. Geoff Jones said Tuesday night that the department had been informed by Mark Storey, the Joplin veterinarian for the department’s police dogs, that Cezar had died. “The bullet that hit Cezar struck him above the right eye, slightly to the left of his right eye,” Walthall said. “It did not penetrate the skull although it did fracture it in a couple of places.”
The officer who works with Cezar, Gabe Allen, was off duty and unavailable Tuesday after the shooting to talk about the ordeal or about Cezar’s work record, said Jones. Jones said Cezar was nearly 8 years old and had been with the department since 2001. Jones said he did not have Cezar’s records immediately available to say how many apprehensions the dog had made or other details about the dog’s background. Walthall was attending a canine training session. He was at the session with another of the department’s four officers who work with police dogs. Walthall said they were notified by telephone at 4 a.m. Tuesday of the shooting. “We were both actually sick to our stomachs,” Walthall said of his and his co-worker’s reaction to learning that Cezar had been wounded. “We work together so much, there’s obviously an unbelievable bond between an officer and dog.” He said the bullet that struck the dog fragmented. Storey declined to speak to reporters Tuesday afternoon because he was tending the dog, which was described as being in a semi-conscious condition, Jones said. Walthall, who is training a new dog after retiring his canine partner of six years, Max, said the JPD dogs are trained to bite and hold rather than bark and hold a suspect. Cezar is among about 450 police dogs at work in the state of Missouri, said Gary Smith, a retired Raytown police officer who is president of the Missouri Police Canine Association. Smith said Tuesday afternoon that even if Cezar survived, he likely would be sidelined by the injuries, but he did what police dogs are trained to do. “I’m saddened they’re going to lose a member of the department in the dog, but it probably would have been an officer” shot if not for the dog. “That’s one of the main reasons to have dogs,” he said. “I can replace a dog. I can’t replace a father or a brother or a mother. It sounds to me this dog did his job for the handler.”
Jones said he does not remember another JPD dog being injured in the line of the duty, although one of the department’s dogs died of heat exhaustion when it was left in a police cruiser about 15 years ago. Smith said that is the most common cause of K-9 deaths. “We lose more due to heat than we do line-of-duty injury or death,” Smith said. The Joplin Police Department has three other police dogs: Ricky, Ikar and Bullit. Bullit is in training to replace Max, a dog that was retired from service about two weeks ago at the age of 10. Max is to be kept by his handler, Officer Travis Walthall.
Officer recalls Joplin police dog's final moments on duty - 10/7/07 - Missouri
Joplin police officer Gabe Allen said he had no idea what he and his K-9 partner Cezar were in for when they responded to an emergency call in the early morning hours of Sept. 11 at Buffalo Wild Wings. "The call came in, 'Unknown trouble at Buffalo Wild Wings, get the cops here now,'" recalled Allen, an eight-year veteran of the police force. Allen and Cezar were the first to arrive on the scene. They took a position to observe the front of the store. "As I'm standing there with my dog I saw a guy take off across the parking lot to Target," he said. "That's when it occurred to me that this is a robbery."
Unsure if the suspect was armed, Allen said he yelled for him to stop, and gave chase up Geneva Avenue with Cezar on a leash. When the suspect refused to stop a second time, and instead ran across Seventh Street, Cezar was unleashed. "When I released the dog, I slowed down a little bit, which is what we do," he said. "We let the dog make the apprehension, take the fight out of the suspect a little bit." As Cezar was about to apprehend the suspect, Allen heard two gunshots ring out. One round struck the dog in the head, stopping him in his tracks. "It's hard to put it in words," Allen said of his reaction to seeing his partner and friend of six years go down. "I wanted to take a shot and defend myself, but the house was the backdrop so I couldn't take the shot." Instead, Allen said he took the dog to cover and tried to keep his eyes open for the suspect, who had fled behind a house. "I was just talking to him, 'I love you. You're a
good boy,'" he said. Cezar was taken to Academy Animal Hospital in Joplin, where he underwent surgery, but died that night. Police eventually apprehended a suspect, Paul C. White, 22, of Joplin. White was charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, three counts of armed-criminal action, and a single count of killing a police dog. Two of the robbery charges stem from similar robberies that took place in August at two local Taco Bell restaurants. White has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Cezar and Allen were both awarded the Medal of Valor for their actions. Cezar was also awarded the Medal of Honor for having lost his life in the line of duty, and inducted as an honorary member of the Joplin Lodge of Fraternal Order of Police. About 300 people and at least 100 members of area law enforcement and firefighting agencies, including more than a half-dozen police and search dogs, attended the memorial service for Cezar last month. The officers and agencies represented came from as far away as Warrensburg and Fayetteville, Ark. Eleven-year-old Ashlynn Tyler, who attended the memorial service with her mother, said she had met Cezar a couple of times and was sad about his death. "He seemed like a really nice dog," said Tyler, who has five dogs of her own. "I wouldn't be able to get another dog because I'd miss the other one so much." Joplin resident Debbie Powell said she had met Allen and Cezar at the Emancipation Day Celebration in Joplin several years ago and was shocked to hear what happened. "He was just a loving dog; he'd lick you on the face," Powell said. "And Gabe's the type of officer that you don't mind talking to." During their six years together, Allen and Cezar made more than 500 arrests, including more than 100 narcotics arrests. They also confiscated more than 270 pounds of marijuana, 432 grams of methamphetamine and 76 grams of cocaine. While he was not afraid to chase after "bad guys," Allen recalled the only thing Cezar seemed to be afraid of was rain.
"He was like a cat in the rain," he said. "If it was raining, I'd get out and open the door, and he'd look at me like I was stupid, like 'I'm not getting out there.'" Considered "a part of the family," Allen said Cezar's death has been just as hard on his wife and two kids. The dog lived with the family. "At home, the kids played with him and threw the ball with him just as much as I did." But knowing that "he died doing what he needed to do" has eased some of the pain, Allen said. "He loved to apprehend criminals. He loved to be there by my side," he said. "And when he was given that command to go, it's not like a person where there's second thoughts or anything like that. He just goes."
UPDATE: May, 2009
In Loving Memory of
August 31, 2007
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
ATF Mourns Death of "Charlie" Explosives-Sniffing Dog
"Charlie" a 14-year-old black lab who became the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives' first bomb-and gun-sniffing dog was put down this week. Since graduating from the Connecticut State Police Training Academy in 1995, Charlie had worked many high profile cases with federal law enforcement, including the Atlanta Olympics bombing in 1996. He "retired" from active duty with the ATF in 1999. For the past several years, Charlie lived the life of leisure with ATF intelligence analyst Mike Sours. ATF officials say Charlie's many successes helped paved the way for a canine corps that now numbers 205 within ATF ranks. Agent Grace Reisling, Charlie's handler throughout his career, says he had a couple of love's: eating and sleeping. His passion for eating resulted from his training and work. "He was food-reward," says Reisling, "His motivation was very strong. He ate a lot!" Mike Sours says he's received many calls and e-mails from ATF colleagues in recent days conveying their condolences on Charlie's passing.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
n Loving Memory of
August 13, 2007
Handler: Officer Robert Strand
Detroit Lakes Police Department
106 Holmes St. East
Detroit Lakes, MN
phone: 218 56501
We are very saddened to report that our K-9 "Chase" had passed away this last week of May from unknown medical reasons. He was only four years old. Chase was a just as much a member of our agency as other people and will be greatly missed.
Lakes K-9 Dog Dies
In Loving Memory of
June 21 1998 - EOW - June 8th 2007
Handler: Deputy Rick Kemp
Sacramento Sheriff Department
address and phone?
K9 Cezar Passes
In Loving Memory of
July 10, 2007
Handler: Deputy Joshua Underwood
St. Johns County Sheriff's Office
4015 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Main Line: (904) 824-8304 • Toll Free: (800) 346-7596
C-zr started his career with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office in 2001
with Deputy Rich Michaux
worked patrol until March 2005 when Deputy Michaux changed positions within
that time I put in for K-9 handler and was selected to receive C-ZR. From
the moment I got him in March 2005, I knew this dog was going to be my
best friend and the best partner I could ask for. C-ZR and I completed
patrol school with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office for FDLE certification,
then Explosives Detection School certifying by the USPCA. C-ZR also completed
ATF's NORT Explosive K-9 certification. July 2005 C-ZR and I were assigned
to patrol Alpha-shift. C-ZR's accomplishments in his career include:
In Loving Memory of
Army Cpl. Kory D. Wiens & K9 Cooper
Oregon,USA - July 6,2007
Oregon soldier and canine killed in Iraq
Army Cpl. Kory D. Wiens loved animals and automobiles. But what Ashley Soto remembers most about her friend and fellow 2005 graduate of West Albany High School is the way he helped others. "He really cared for his family and his friends, and he was willing to do anything he could to help them in any way," Soto said. She said she last saw Wiens about nine months ago, before he was sent to Iraq. Wiens, 20, of Independence was killed by an explosive Friday in the town of Muhammad Sath in Iraq, according to a U.S. Department of Defense announcement today. At the time, he was on patrol with his dog, Cooper, who also died. He was the 108th service member with ties to Oregon or Southwest Washington to die in conflicts since Sept. 11, 2001. Wiens was assigned to the 94th Mine Dog Detachment, 5th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade,
Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. The day before Wiens died, two other service members with ties to Oregon were killed in Iraq. Spc. Michelle Ring, 26, was killed by mortar fire while on guard duty in Baghdad. Ring was born in Portland and went to school in McMinnville before her family moved to Alaska in 1992. She had been in Iraq about eight months, assigned to the 92nd Military Police Battalion out of Fort Benning, Ga. Lance Col. Steven Stacy, 23, from Coos Bay was shot in the town of Karma. He was in the 1st Marines, 3rd Battalion, based in Camp Pendleton, CA.
July 6, 2007 - Muhammad Sath, Iraq - Age 20 (Obituary)
Army Cpl. Kory D. Wiens and his K9 "Cooper" were killed while on patrol on July 6, 2007 by an explosive in the town of Muhammad Sath, Iraq. Wiens was assigned to the 94th Mine Dog Detachment, 5th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Wiens and his dog were trained to find materials such as TNT, detonation cords, smokeless powder, mortars, weapons, tools and explosive residue used to make explosives. Kory enlisted into the Army to gain experience for pursuing a career in law enforcement. He attended canine school at the 341st Training Squadron, Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where he met his partner, a yellow Labrador Retriever named " Cooper ". The two deployed to Iraq in January. Their abilities to detect TNT, C4, detonation cords, smokeless powder and mortars saved countless lives by taking explosives and other IED manufacturing materials off the streets of Iraq. He is survived by his father Kevin; mother Judith ( also known as Laura ); brothers Kevin and Kyle; and sister Lindsey. Cpl Kory D. Wiens and his K9 "Cooper" were escorted back to his home town of Independence, Oregon by his older brother Kevin who was also serving on
a second tour in Iraq as a military police officer for the Army.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA & submitted by Jim Fitch
K9 Military Funeral - Dallas Oregon
Posted by: "Bruce Kelley" firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri Jul 13, 2007 3:09 pm (PST) Army Cpl. Kory Wiens and SSB K9 Cooper were killed in action July 6, 2007 by a roadside bomb while serving their country in Iraq. The two have the unfortunate distinction of being the first dog team killed during this war. Cpl Kory Wiens was from Dallas Oregon, but was based out of Ft Lewis Washington and was assigned to the canine unit. I have been told that the two were inseparable and the family has decided to bury the dog team together during the military ceremony. Today I was contacted the group coordinating the funeral services. Surviving family are inquiring if it would be possible to have canine teams from around the north west attend the services in support of Cpl Wines, SSD K9 Cooper and our military. I in turn, am requesting your assistance by sending any available canine teams to attend the service. The Funeral will be held in Dallas Oregon on Wednesday, July 18th 2007. Services will be starting at 10:00 am. Currently the preparations for the service are moving quickly but I felt that we could meet as a group at the Dallas (Oregon) Police Department at 9:00 am on the day of the services. Thank you for your assistance and if you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me.
Bruce Kelley President Oregon Police Canine Association
Loving Memory of
INTESTINAL DISEASE Riviera police dog given a final salute
September 11, 2001-April 24, 2007
Handler: Trooper D. Osborne
Tennessee Highway Patrol
PO BOX 186 - Fall Branch,TN
Coco was a chocolate lab. He was first given to me as a partner on September 11,2001 at which we spent eleven weeks in Nashville for the Tennessee Highway Patrol K-9 school. Every year we would go back to Nashville to certify and Coco would stay in the Hotel room with me. He kind of had a grin on his face every time he knew he wouldn't have to stay in the Kennels with the other k-9's. On one occasion that sticks out in my mind is I had made a traffic stop at which I knew the violator was a drug dealer and member of the Klu Klux Klan. Coco alerted to the car and while I started to search Coco leaped into my front seat and tried to break the windshield to get to this subject. The male stopped and dropped a small pistol. He later admitted to Federal ATF agents that if it wasn't for the dog scaring him he was going to shoot me in the head and drive off. He received a life sentence in Federal Prison for his crime. One month later my son was born.
So see if it wasn't for Coco I would never have saw my son born. Coco didn't like motorcycles would pull up beside them on the Interstate and crack the rear window at which Coco would bark and jump at them. Then Coco would look at me with the smile he had. The first day I Got Coco all the way from Nashville to my house about four hours with traffic I would look in the rear view mirror and he would just be staring at me. That was kind of scary I thought was a US Marine prior to being a State Trooper and never have I trusted my life with anyone as I did with my friend Coco. He never passed judgment on me or never had a bad word about me unless it was to one of the many squirrels that would run by his kennel. He was never scared of anything except cats. It was really funny to see such a big dog at which he weighed about 110 scared of a cat. He started getting sick in Feb 2007 and we started him on IV for a week to restart his kidneys. For about five weeks after this treatment Coco gained his weight back and then all the sudden just wasn't himself. I could not be selfish and let him suffer. I owed him to much for that. This was the hardest decision I have ever made in my entire life to let the Dr stop his pain. My wife who is also a TN State Trooper helped me through the darkest of times and still we laugh at some of the things Coco and me did together. Sometimes I would get complaints about being a little rude maybe on a stop or saying something I should not have but my videos would always proof I did nothing wrong. Well some of my fellow Troopers would kid me about complaints. Coco actually scratched a car that the driver stated had drugs in it earlier but not at the time of stop. So here comes a complaint and Christy (my wife) would always joke it runs down leash now Coco is getting complaints to take the heat off of you. Just little things like that make the bond of a k-9 and his Handler be unlike anything I have ever experienced in the world. When Coco was put to sleep the vet was crying I was crying as was my wife. Faithful Pets in Abingdon, A came after hours on their own time in a little hearse and took Coco to their funeral home. To the State line Trooper escort made one last show of respect for a fallen warrior. The owners of the Crematorium were husband and wife and they were crying due to the escort. They were really wonderful. My wife told them that money wasn't a problem for Coco's funeral and they said its on us out of respect for the job he did. Not many people do I come in contact with do I find that are really good people. This was a reminder that angels are everywhere if you just look for them. I will send you a picture of him in the morning and I do appreciate your work for the Partners that bring us home safely at the end of a shift.
submitted by : David Osborne
UPDATE -We have K-9 Alec. I got him a month or two before having to put Coco to sleep
Trp. David Osborne & Sgt. Christy Osborne
Sept. 2010 - UPDATE
Coco was my first partner and best friend. Sometimes we just come to your site and listen to the music and cry looking at his picture. We still think about and miss you my friend. He is always on my mind but more here lately. Thanks again for all you do from All of the handlers and our beloved partners.
Trp David Osborne
Tennessee Highway Patrol
anything to help..... I am always here.. lulu
April 1, 2007
Handler: Officer Scott Krzykowski
Spring Valley Police Department
200 N Main St
Spring Valley, New York 10977
Phone: (845)356-7400 - Fax: (845)356-7420
Valley PD's drug-sniffing dog dies of cancer