Loving Memory of
17, 1997 - August 14,2007
Concord Police Department
318-3400 Fax:(978) 369-8420
Concord Police Department regrets the passing of its first K9 "Pativ" on
Tuesday August 14, 2007.
the department in 1999, Pative and partner Office Sylvia Toumayan served
the department and community as well as the N.E.M.L.E.C. for 7 and 1/2
years. The Concord Police Department and Officer Toumayan wish to thank
the law enforcement agencies and members of the community that offered
their support. A memorial service is planned and any inquiries should be
directed to Lt. Barry Neal 978-318-3400
Pativ was involved in the apprehension of 34 missing or wanted people.He
also was responsible for more than 40 drug seizures. He patrolled crowds
at several Super Bowls and the 2004 World Series. However, alongside Patrol
Officer Sylvia Toumayan and the members of the Concord Police Department,
the numbers don’t include all that K9 Pativ was — friend, co-worker, public
figure and family. On Tuesday, Aug. 14, as an active police K9, Pativ was
put down at his home after a long illness. “He unfortunately had been suffering
from some serious medical problems,” said Concord Police Lt. Barry Neal.
“It was a very difficult decision by Sylvia.” He was born in Germany
on St. Patrick’s Day in 1997. Toumayan has been Pativ’s sole owner, trainer
and co-pilot in the cruiser. From the beginning, it was a dream of hers
to bring a German Shepard K9 to the Concord department. So, she bought
Pativ with her own money and began the training. Before heading to the
K9 Academy, Pativ was trained by a method called the German Schutzhund.
This practice involves training a dog in tracking, obedience and protection.
Because of his homeland and Toumayan’s background, Pativ understood three
languages — English, German and Armenian. Pativ, which means “honor”
in Armenian, officially became Concord’s, and surrounding towns, first
K9 on Dec. 3, 1999. He was later certified in narcotics search and seizure
on June 16, 2000. Among the events Pativ patrolled, “the  World Series
was probably the most exciting,” said Toumayan. Recently, Pativ was taken
off his patrol duties because of the increasing severity of his illness.
After learning the ropes from Pativ, K9 Charik took control of the backseat
in Toumayan’s cruiser. However, Charik is not narcotics certified yet,
so Pativ would help out where needed.Both Pativ and Charik call Toumayan’s
backyard home. It is unknown how Charik will respond to the loss of Pativ,
but “he got to say goodbye to his brother,” said Toumayan. Because Toumayan
owns Pativ and Charik, she is responsible for their medical bills. Personally,
she would like to thank the Wignall Animal Hospital in Lowell. More specifically,
Dr. Nancy Copek in the Lowell office. “She has dealt with his illness.
Let’s just say Pativ wasn’t very kind going to the vet,” said Toumayan.
Because he is an officer in the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement
Council (NEMLEC), Pativ has given Concord and surrounding communities more
than seven years of service. “Personally, I’m very saddened that he’s gone.
He’s meant so much. Pativ was like having three or four extra police officers
out there,” said Neal. Not only was he the equivalent of several trained
officers, said Neal, but also he was as much as a member of the force as
his two-legged counterparts. The gentle giant had a slew of nicknames around
the station, including Maniac and Boo Boo. “Pativ was such a great guy.
He worked and he worked very hard for us,” said Neal. Neal was with
Toumayan to offer his support when the vet arrived. “It’s really losing
a department member,” said Police Chief Len Wetherbee. “Toumayan’s done
a tremendous job with the dog.” Because of his playful nature, yet strict
obedience, Pativ was also used as a public affairs representative. With
her partner, Toumayan has done several demonstrations and meet-and-greets
with Pativ. He made a regular appearance at the Fourth of July Picnic in
the Park festivities. The influence Pativ has had is not only felt in Concord,
but in surrounding areas with people young and old. “A number of other
communities have now taken on a K9 and I think it has a lot to do with
[Pativ and Toumayan.] … He really showed how effective and important K9s
are regardless of the [community’s] size,” said Wetherbee. A memorial ceremony
at the station is being planned for Pativ. His body was taken to a crematorium
in South Middleboro, which specializes in K9 arrangements. “Our sympathy
goes out to Officer Toumayan. It’s a very sad day,” said Wetherbee.
- At only 19 months old, "K-9 Charik," the new K-9 for Police Department,
has some big paws to fill. His predecessor, "Pativ," has an impressive
resume that includes assisting police in more than 40 drug seizures and
finding 34 missing people or suspects in eight years. submitted
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
can be sent to
the K9 Gift Fund
c/o the Concord Police Department
P.O. Box 519, Concord,
Kerri Roche can
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-371-5796.