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April 12, 2007
Handler: Det. Richard K. Lite
Harrison Police Department
Special Investigation Unit
650 North St.
Harrison, NY 10528
partner was K9 Yourie who I recently retired after 8 complete years of
service. Its well deserved and
is with great sorrow that I advise you that today 04/12/2007 12:50 PM K9
Yourie passed away after battling cancer for the past several month. K9
Yourie retired from the Harrison Police Dept. after completing his last
tour patrolling in Gulfport, Ms in Sept. 2005. We were partners for
8 years and Yourie has recieved numerous awards from Federal, State, County
and Local Police Departments. He was the best partner that I could have
ever had, so if you could just say a prayer for him. thanks Richie
In Loving Memory of
1999 ~ May 8, 2007
Handler: Kevin J. Buckley
Union County Sheriff’s Office
196 Glenside Ave.
Summit, New Jersey 07901
(908) 527-4450 (908) 527-4471 (908) 527-4440
SEARCH & RESCUE UNIT
is with a very heavy heart that I must announce the passing of my partner,
police service dog K-9 Yaksha. K-9 Yaksha was a member of the Union County
Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit and was the partner of Sheriff’s
Officer Kevin J. Buckley. K-9 Yaksha was a proud member of the law
enforcement community and will be dearly missed by his peers. K-9 Yaksha
died on May 8th, 2007 after suffering from an “Intestinal Volvulous”, translated
to a twisting of the large and small intestines. This disease, also called
a “mesenteric torsion” can be classified as a silent killer. All
of the diagnostic testing performed on my friend that awful day came back
negative. In other words, even the veterinary doctors from two different
hospitals could not find the cause of the problem until it was too late.
This disease carries a 99% mortality rate in dogs. K-9 Yaksha began his
service for the Union County Sheriff’s Office in 2002 as a patrol and narcotics
detection canine and served well. During his career, he was credited
for the tracking and recovery of lost persons, apprehension of fleeing
felons, the detection of numerous quantities of illegal drugs and the confiscation
of over $150,000.00 of illegal drug money.
Recently, on March 4th, 2007, K-9 Yaksha was honored by the New Jersey
Veterinary Medical Association as an inductee into the 2006 NJVMA Animal
Hall of Fame in the “Hero” category. This honor was bestowed upon
him after he miraculously recovered from a life threatening back injury
in 2004 that he suffered while in the line of duty. K9 Yaksha also
received on April 19, 2007, a Resolution from the Union County Freeholder
Board, presented by Freeholder Chester Holmes, honoring Yaksha’s remarkable
recovery and honor from the NJVMA.
Northern Jersey area. Search & Rescue Teams are called upon to perform specialized task. These functions
include, searches for missing persons or fleeing felons, searches of burglarized buildings, narcotics detection and interdiction, bomb searches, weapons searches, crowd control and searches of arson scenes for the detection of accelerant. The unit is also involved in community relations work and gives demonstrations to schools, civic organizations and senior citizen groups. The Union County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue Team is highly regarded for its professionalism and expertise. The Secret Service has requested our assistance during Presidential visits to the Union County area. This expertise is a skill that requires constant retraining and schooling for both the dogs and handlers. Each dog and his handler must undergo 16 weeks of intensive training before certification is granted. This is supplemented by at least one hundred hours of in-service training in tracking, article and field searches. Arson and bomb dogs take additional training in chemical recognition. Search & Rescue Officers have been qualified as expert witnesses in New Jersey Superior Courts. Under the Attorney General Guidelines in New Jersey, The Union County Sheriff's Office is a Regional Training Center for Northern New Jersey. The unit conducts semi-annual re-certification programs for our own officers and officers from local state and federal agencies. The K-9 Unit is commanded by Sergeant John Gillespie, who along with Officer Brian Way are certified K-9 instructors.
submitted by John Gillespie and Kevin Buckley