Loving Memory of
Fox Lake Police
S. Rt. 59
Lake, IL 60020
In Loving Memory of
August 6, 2007
Handler: Bill Truax
National Association of SAR TECH II
The Ohio K9 community, it is with a sad heart
we report the passing of Gunner; Or, Gunny as we knew him. Gunner passed away of
natural causes on August 6th 2007. Gunny, was, under the direction of his
handler Bill Truax, one of the finest working dogs found anywhere. Gunny was
expertly trained in Search & Rescue, as well as EOD (Explosive Ordinance
Detection). He was extraordinary in both disciplines. Gunny was often present at
any number of K9 events in Ohio ... he was an ambassador, to both children and
adults, interested in learning what working dogs are capable of
accomplishing. The photo above dates from 2001, and only one example of
many.....Perhaps heaven is a bit brighter now. But, the working dog community in
Ohio, remains in sorrow for his loss.
An introduction to howK-9
wilderness searches are conducted and the amazing capabilities that dogs
provide. Bill is an Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff in Geauga County Ohio assigned to
the K-9 unit. He has been a wilderness K-9 SAR handler for 11 years and has the
National Association of Search & Rescue designation of SAR TECH II. His partner
is Lexa, a 2 year old German Shepherd.
FOCUS: SAR - designed by
experts to prevent a problem from becoming a crisis.
K-9 Wilderness Search
and Rescue (w/video)
An introduction to howK-9 wilderness searches are conducted and the amazing
capabilities that dogs provide. Bill is an Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff in Geauga
County Ohio assigned to the K-9 unit. He has been a wilderness K-9 SAR handler
for 11 years and has the National Association of Search & Rescue designation of
SAR TECH II. His partner is Lexa, a 2 year old German Shepherd.
FOCUS: SAR -
designed by experts to prevent a problem from becoming a crisis.
Loving Memory of
VA 24236 - 276-676-6277
just two months as a member of the Damascus Police Department, the town’s
new drug dog has died.
don’t know what caused the dog to die," said officer Kermit Turner, the
dog’s handler. "Right now, we don’t know if it was natural causes or suspicious
or what." Turner said he found the dog, Sgt. Gunner, dead on Thursday.
He said the Virginia State Police is investigating, and he is unable to
comment further on details.
said it may be 2-3 weeks or longer before an autopsy report on the dog
is complete. "Dealing with it is a little rough," Turner said. "Not
only was he a member of the police department, but he was also a companion
and my partner." Turner said he trained with Sgt. Gunner on his days
off, and the town paid $2,000 for training for the dog and handler. The
team was certified June 5, and the dog was used to sniff out drugs on several
occasions. "There was a lot of work that went into it," Turner said of
training with the dog, "a lot of hours." firstname.lastname@example.org
| (276) 791-0701 - submitted by Renee Konias
Loving Memory of
Regional Police Service
864 Grand Lake Rd. Sydney, N.S. PH: 902 563.5100
8 McFadgen Street,Glace Bay, N.S.
Ph (902) 842-1001
865 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, N.S. PH: 902.563.5100
dog falls ill, dies - Canada - 07/06/07
Cape Breton Regional Police Service dog has died. Staff Sgt. Peter McIsaac,
who is in charge of the K-9 unit, said Gage, who worked with Const. Stephen
MacKinnon, died Wednesday. The dog became ill suddenly shortly after responding
to a call early Wednesday morning in Sydney. "Const. MacKinnon took him
home, but he seemed to get worse," McIsaac said. Gage was taken to a veterinarian
and emergency surgery was performed. The five-year-old German shepherd
had an inoperable tumour and Gage had to be euthanized. "This is very hard
for Const. MacKinnon, as expected; the loss of his loyal partner and valued
member of our police service. Gage was an extraordinary dog, and he will
be missed." The police service has three other K-9 dogs and will be making
immediate arrangements to replace Gage, McIsaac noted. "He was like all
police dogs, loyal," said MacKinnon. "He was a good dog, a great companion
on the road, who helped me do the job I had to do. "We got into a routine
at home and on my days off and my family misses him just as much as I do,
that's for sure. "Police dogs probably have the best life in the world;
they are always with their handler. They are with them at home and then
go to work with them. It's a great life for a dog." MacKinnon said in the
last four years Gage worked on armed robberies, break and enters,stolen
vehicles and missing persons cases.
by Jim Cortina, CPWDA Dir.
Loving Memory of
- Phone: (304)797-8577
remembers police dog - By GIOVANNI P. ROSSI, Staff writer
FRIENDS – Gero sits on Partner/Officer Mike Plaso's lap in a squad car.
The Weirton Police Department is mourning the death of Active K-9 Officer
Gero, who was put to rest Tuesday afternoon as a result of a malignant
tumor that had spread up through his hip. The Weirton Police Department
is mourning the loss of one of its own this week with the death of one
of the members of the department’s K-9 division. Active K-9 officer Gero
was put to rest Tuesday afternoon as a result of a malignant tumor that
had spread up through his hip. Patrolman Mike Plaso, Gero’s partner for
seven years, said this his companion was an officer to the end.
helped us at a traffic stop just Sunday night,” said Plaso. “Because of
him, we were able to get even more drugs off the street.” Plaso reports
that Gero indicated to officers the presence of drugs in a stopped vehicle’s
glove compartment. There, police found bags of marijuana, heroin, and drug
paraphernalia. Three arrests were made as a result of these findings. According
to Plaso, it was upon the dog’s exit of the vehicle that he first noticed
a slight limp in Gero’s stride. “I didn’t think anything of it really,”
said Plaso. “If anything, I thought he might have hurt himself getting
out of the car.” Upon returning home, Plaso advised the chief and veterinarian
of Gero’s condition and was encouraged to give the K-9 a day off to rest.
When the officer came home before his late Monday shift, Gero seemed very
responsive. According to Plaso, his partner got up out of bed, exited the
house, and waited next to their squad car. “He was ready to go to work,”
said Plaso. After their shift, Gero was taken to a scheduled appointment
to follow up on what was causing his limp. After an examination, the veterinarian
reported that a tumor in the dog’s leg had burst and was spreading. Several
options were made available as to treatment, but none allowed for Gero
to live much longer. “I didn’t want him to suffer through this,” said Plaso.
“He was a great dog and an excellent partner and he didn’t deserve to be
in that kind of pain.” Gero was buried at the police range along
Kings Creek with the other fallen K-9 officers from the Weirton Police
Department. A stone marker will be provided by the Weirton Police Department
with his name and years of service. While Plaso sees the loss of Gero as
the loss of a partner and family member, he’s also concerned for the children
of the area. Because of his kind disposition, Gero was known as the “spokes-dog”
for the K-9 unit and, for some children, the Weirton Police Department.
He was taken to schools and organizations for meet and greets and was often
approached by children while off duty. “The kids love petting him,” said
Plaso. “He’s definitely going to be missed.” When asked about getting a
new partner, Plaso replied that he most definitely would like to get another
K-9. “These dogs are worth their weight in gold,” he said. “They are a
great service to both the department and the community.”
- More about GERO *******
Weirton Police Department has announced the death of active K9 dog Gero,
pronounced “Hero,” as a result of cancer. Gero has been on the job with
his partner, Patrolman Mike Plaso, since he began training at 14 months
of age and remained with him for approximately seven years. According to
information from the Weirton Police Department, Plaso and Gero worked their
last shift together on Monday, after which Plaso observed that his partner
could not stand on one of his legs. It was hoped that Gero had suffered
a minor injury, but examination by his veterinarian concluded that a previous
tumor had resulted in malignancy and spread to the affected leg. A statement
from the department said in addition to his many duties, Gero was valued
because of his pleasant disposition which made him a perfect embassador
for the K9 Division. Plaso and Gero were well known throughout the community,
especially among the children who always enjoyed having the opportunity
to pet him. A service for Gero was held Tuesday morning by members of the
Weirton Police Department,Plaso and his family. Gero was buried alongside
the other K9 dogs who have served the officers and citizens of Weirton
and Hancock and Brooke Counties. Gero will be provided with a stone marker
by the Weirton police with his name and years of service.
by Jim Cortina
Loving Memory of
Aurora Police Department
N. River Street
(630) 801-6555 - Fax: (630) 801-6599
loses last police dog - May 10, 2007 By MATT HANLEY Staff Writer Sun-Times
court, injuring a police dog is the same as punching a human officer: You'd
be charged with the same offense. That's because a K-9 is considered a
slightly more hairy member of the department. And when a young animal is
lost, it hurts. Just ask Aurora Officer Pedro "Pete" Rodriguez.Gunny, the
Aurora K-9 officer Rodriguez worked with for four years, died suddenly
Sunday, April 29 from stomach complications. He was 6 years old. Gunny
was the last of Aurora's K-9 police unit. "From the first week we were
pals," Rodriguez said. The pure-bred German Shepherd trained for 12 weeks
in Grayslake before he was turned over to Rodriguez, who had signed up
to work K-9 almost on a whim. "I have nothing to lose, only a dog to gain,"
he figured. "It was the start of a new thing." Since October 2002, cop
and dog were inseparable. Gunny -- named for the gunnery sergeant rank
in the Marine Corps -- was Rodriguez's friend, tracking device, protection,
crowd control and partner. And Gunny also came home at night, interacting
comfortably with children when he wasn't working. On duty, though, Gunny
was all business. He tracked suspects, found weapons and more than once
encouraged suspects to think twice before tangling with Rodriguez. "With
him right next to me, the odds are going to be good," Rodriguez said.
After Gunny's death, Aurora now has no dogs working on the force.
Rodriguez said he'd considered working with another animal. "As hard as
it is now, I would," he said. "I'd do it in a heartbeat."
by R Konias & Jim