Memorials to Fallen K-9s
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In Loving Memory of
March 17, 1997 - August 14,2007
Handler: Officer Sylvia Toumayan
The Concord Police Department
219 Walden Street
P.O. Box 519
Concord, MA 01742
Phone:(978) 318-3400  Fax:(978) 369-8420

The Concord Police Department regrets the passing of its first K9 "Pativ" on Tuesday August 14, 2007. 
Joining 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
K-9 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 [2004] 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.

Memorial donations can be sent to
the K9 Gift Fund c/o the Concord Police Department
P.O. Box 519, Concord, MA 01742

Kerri Roche can be reached at or 978-371-5796.

Concord - 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