K9 dies of cancer
a Edmond Police Department drug and tracking dog, died during cancer surgery
He was 7. His handler was Neil Martin. We interviewed one of Astor’s former
handlers, Sgt. Tony Hill, in early 2007. He spoke with us about his work
with Astor and the bond between handlers and their animals.
Listen here. Astor will be missed.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
In Loving Memory
Handlers: Trooper Chet Tomlinson, and Trooper Timothy O. Strickland
Troop B Contraband Interdiction Program
K-9 Atos began his career in 1997 with Trooper Chet Tomlinson as his handler.
K-9 Atos was Trooper Tomlinson's second assigned K-9. During this time K-9 Atos
was responsible for the seizures of approximately $500,000 in narcotics,
$200,000 in U.S. currency and had two tracks with apprehensions. Trooper
Tomlinson was promoted to Corporal in 1999. In October 1999, K9 Atos was
reassigned to Trooper Timothy O. Strickland and CIP Team B-2 with Trooper Robert
C. Roux as the Felony Officer. K9 Atos was Trooper Strickland's third
assigned K9. During his assignment with Trooper Strickland, K9 Atos was
responsible again for the seizures of approximately $500.000 in narcotics,
$150,000 in U.S. Currency and vehicles and had two apprehensions on an area
search and a building search.
K9 Atos retired in December 2006 after
serving the citizens of Florida with honor and distinction for nine years.
K9 Atos lives with the Strickland
family and enjoyed his retirement. K9 Atos is missed by all of the
members' of the Troop B Contraband Interdiction Program. He passed away in
2008 and will be missed as a faithful companion and friend and will be truly
missed by the Strickland family. submitted by Bobby Earl
In Loving Memory
February 16, 2008
Officer Jim Minton
Austin, Texas-Search & Rescue
When the AKC has
announced the winners of the first Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) in 2000,
Golden Retriever Austin, owned by Officer Jim Minton, of Austin, Texas, was
their Search and Rescue recipient.
A classic Cinderella
story: A bedraggled stray is turned in to the Greater Houston Golden Retriever
Club’s rescue program and, after a few twists of fate, becomes an honored
search-and-rescue dog. Austin’s inspiring story culminates in his work at the
site of the Texas A&M bonfire collapse that killed 12 people and injured 27
others. According to his handler, Officer Jim Minton, Austin was one important
Austin has been on
overseas assignments three times and one trip involved us being evacuated out of
the region by the U. S. Customs and DEA air wing. This was after thugs had
placed a $30,000 price tag on Austin to kill or kidnap him. This is nothing
unusual. Drug dogs working the border often face the very same threat.
Austin himself was
found and rescued as a puppy from the woods east of Houston, Texas, by hunters.
He was then turned over to a Greater Houston Golden Retriever Club’s rescue
program , where Texas Hearing and Service Dogs purchased him and provided
testing and training before donating him to the Austin Police Department in
January 1999. Austin has since been trained to rescue people. On October 28,
Mayor Kirk Watson
proclaimed that date “K9 Austin Day” for the City of Austin. On November 11,
2000 Austin was inducted into the Texas Animal Hall of Fame.
Austin was certified
in Tracking, Cadaver, and Chemical Biological Detection. After Jim retired from
Department, where Austin was on the job from 1999 to 2004, he and Austin began
at the Federal Level
specializing in Chemical-Biological Detection (2004-2008). Jim Minton, a Senior
Law Enforcement K-9 Handler/Instructor and Senior K-9 Chemical-Biological
Specialist for U.S. Govt. and U.S. Military Response only.
A Very Sad Ending.
Police K9 Austin died on February 16, 2008 in his loving handler’s arms. He had
been rushed into emergency surgery due to having developed bloat, and managed to
survive the procedure. However, shortly after waking up his vitals deteriorated
and as Jim so desolately said: Austin looked at me, wide awake and alert, took a
deep breath, exhaled, laid his head down, I kissed him, monitors started
sounding, and Austin left this cruel world.
submitted by Jim
Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
I retired from the Austin Police Department, but stayed in law enforcement
somewhat. My primary function is corporate pilot HOWEVER, I also manage
the K-9 chemical biological and explosives canine training with
Signature Science, LLC in Austin. I just got a new Golden and he will
soon learn to find explosives. Until he gets a little older he's been my
co-pilot on a couple of flights. His name is Jordan and he's my new
pride and joy!
In Loving Memory
August 26, 1997 -
November 7, 2008
Arko was from Gladbeck Germany. He retired
in 2005, but passed just recently on 11-07-2008. He had degenerative myelopathy.
He was born on 08-26-1997. We worked for the Erlanger Police department in
Northern KY, just a few miles south of cincinnati Ohio. He made some great drug
arrest during his career and caught several suspects during tracks. He was both
a patrol dog and a drug dog, what they call Dual purpose. He lived with me when
we were off from work and loved to go for drives in my truck or play ball.I
started to work for the police department in 2001. I had transferred from
another department where I worked since 1998. I first met Arko when his current
handler was doing a track of a suspect and I assisted him. I knew at that point
that I wanted to work a police dog and felt a certain almost strange drawing
toward Arko. Most officers were scared of him but I wanted to spend time with
him. A short time later there was a promotion for a detective. the current
handler of Arko got promoted and I expressed interest in working him. I was
picked and in May of 2002 I was assigned to the K9 division. I went through my
training and in no time I was certified by NAPWDA and we were on the road.
We had many great catches. We once tracked for over 1 mile through
neighbor hoods after a suspect had stolen a car, had a pursuit and then bailed.
Arko did such a great job I still can't believe it to this day. we tracked
through yards, streets and woods and we ended up stopping at a house where the
suspect had entered. Officers located him and placed him under arrest. Arko was certified in drug detection, and patrol work (searching, tracking,
obedience etc). we had many great drug arrest as a team and of all of his
skills I was often told by other handlers that his drug detection was second to
none. Arko and me arrested approximately 90 individuals during our time
together. When we were off work he loved to play in the back yard. I was blessed to
have a very large back yard, and we could run
and play kong. His favorite toy
was a kong. Arko retired in 2005. He was getting slow and was about to turn 8, the
typical age for retirement. He didn't take to retirement that great in the
beginning. He still wanted to go to work and it was hard on me as well. For
after years of having my partner in the car with me, to go to work without him
was difficult. I still miss the kisses he would give me as we drove on patrol.
The years past and he adjusted to being retired. He would guard the house and
was a great watch dog. I would walk him daily, a thing he loved. I would take
him for drives and to different parks. He was still a major part in my life. I
took him on vacation in June of 2007. We went to North Carolina. I wanted him
to see the beach before he passed.
Arko started to have problems walking around this time. I associated with
his age and didn't worry too much about it. ut as time passed he was having
more problems walking. The vet diagnosed him with degenerative myelopathy in
February of 2008. I was devastated. Health wise he was great. His liver
kidneys etc. were fine, but the diagnoses of DM was one that would make him
paralyzed sooner rather than later. I took him to the vet on 11-07-2008. The
vet said I should have him euthanized because he was having more problems
walking. I knew he was having problems, but I didn't want to make this
decision. Although after further consultation with the vet I did. My partner,
beloved friend, laid his head in my lap and passed from this earth after a few
short kisses to me. He left me with great memories but also a hole in my heart
that I know will never be filled. I know one day I will be with him again, just
submitted by Eric Love
Loving Memory of
October 22, 2008
Meeting, PA 19462
Twp. Police Dog Killed In Line Of Duty
Plymouth Township K9 was shot and killed by another officer while investigating
a robbery in Lower Gwynned Wednesday afternoon.
say Lower Gwynned Police requested assistance of Plymouth Township Police
and other surrounding municipalities to aid in the search for robbery suspects
who were wanted for holding up the Abington Bank on Bethlehem Pike. Sources
say during the search, Andy, the Plymouth Township K9, bit a member of
the Montgomery Township Police Department who had his gun drawn on a suspect.
The K9, trained to go after the suspect with the gun, was accidentally
shot during the incident. At 10:35 a.m., K-9 Andy was fatally wounded and
Officer Layfield sustained a gun shot to the chest. Andy's handler was
also struck by the same bullet. The handler's bullet proof vest stopped
the bullet from penetrating and the officer escaped serious injuries. The
Montgomery Township Police Officer's injuries were non-life threatening.
Ofc. Layfield was treated and released from Mercy Suburban Hospital. He
was wearing a ballistic vest. The department says Officer Layfield
and K-9 Andy have been partners since January of 2005. Plymouth Township
police say their K9 officer was doing his job and the circumstances surrounding
the shooting are under investigation. The three bank robbery suspects were
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
be held for police K9 accidentally shot
MEETING, Pa. — A memorial service will be held for a police dog accidentally
shot by friendly fire during a search for bank-robbery suspects in suburban
Philadelphia. Police say the dog, a German shepherd named Andy, was
tracking a suspect Wednesday when he was fatally wounded by an officer
from Montgomery Township. Andy's handler, Plymouth Township Officer Louis
Layfield, was shot in the chest but was wearing a bulletproof vest.
Plymouth Township Police Chief Joseph Lawrence says the department has
bulletproof vests for dogs. But he says they are useful only in limited
circumstances, which do not include suspect searches. The chief says
the department is treating Andy's death like that of an officer killed
in the line of duty. The memorial service will be held Wednesday, Oct.
October 29, 2008
cops hold memorial service for K-9
- By Kathleen Brady Shea - Philadelphia Inquirer
— Andy, the Plymouth Township police dog accidentally shot this week during
a search for bank-robbery suspects, will be remembered at a memorial service
on Wednesday. Plymouth Township Police Chief Joseph Lawrence said
yesterday that hundreds of condolences had come in from the public, the
Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, law-enforcement agencies
from the area, and police departments in Ohio, Virginia and Connecticut.
"Basically, we are treating this as an officer killed in the line of duty,"
said Lawrence. "He was one of us." Lawrence said a service would
begin at 10 a.m. at the Plymouth Community Center Band Shelter, 2903 Walton
Rd. He said agencies that plan on having people in attendance should have
them there by 9. The service will include readings by the police chaplain
and the three other Plymouth Township officers with K-9 partners.
"Officer [Louis] Layfield may or may not speak, depending on how he feels,"
Lawrence said of Andy's handler. "It's totally up to him." Lawrence
said more than 100 officers had notified the department that they would
attend; he said attendance would likely exceed that number. He said a woman
from Cape May, who heard about Andy from an officer in Connecticut, is
setting up a memorial page online for Andy and plans to distribute memorial
cards at the service. She and her husband are retired funeral directors
and are dog lovers, Lawrence said. After the service, a procession is planned
through the township, to end at the township building; a reception will
follow at the police station. The dog's remains will be placed in a small
park at the building, Lawrence said. Andy, trained in patrol operations
and narcotics detection, was tracking a suspect Wednesday when he was fatally
wounded by an officer from Montgomery Township, Lawrence said. Layfield
was shot in the chest but was wearing a ballistic vest. Lawrence
said that Andy, a German shepherd, joined the department in January 2005,
quickly becoming a valuable member of the force. "This is a big loss,"
the chief said. He said the department had received many offers to
help purchase bullet-proof vests for the police dogs. He said that the
department already has them and that they are useful only in limited circumstances,
which do not include suspect searches. "They restrict airflow and
cause the dogs to overheat very quickly," he said. "Then you have to stop,
which hinders the operation." Lawrence said he had suggested that
people make a contribution in Andy's memory. He said checks should be payable
to the Plymouth Township Police Association and sent to it at 700 Belvoir
Rd., Plymouth Meeting, Pa. 19462. The donations should be marked for the
memorial service or the dog-training fund. "These dogs have training
twice a month," he said. "It's an ongoing expense."
submitted by Jan Everett, Customs, California.
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Montgomery County community is set to honor a police dog killed in the
line of duty during pursuit last week. Over 100 officers attended a memorial
service for Andy, a Plymouth Township Police K-9, at the Greater Plymouth
Community Center on the 2900 block of Walton Road at 10 a.m. Following
the service, a procession headed to Bicentennial Park where Andy's ashes
will be laid to rest. Andy was accidentally shot and killed by Montgomery
Township Police Officer Robert Johnson during a search of suspected bank
robbery suspects on October 22. The fatal bullet also struck Andy's handler,
Officer Louis Layfield, in the chest. The officer escaped serious injury
as he was wearing a bulletproof vest. Funds from those making donations
in Andy's memory will go towards training Plymouth Township police dogs.
Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
for K9 Andy - October 29, 2008
LAURENCE KESTERSON / Staff Photographer
Rocky, a police dog from Mantua, attends the
memorial service for Andy, the Plymouth Township Police K-9 dog who was
accidentally shot and killed last week. With him is his partner, Sgt. Jeff
Ferry, and Mantua Police Officer Kyle Riemen (left).
held for K-9 dog killed in Plymouth Township
a police dog from Mantua, attends the memorial service for Andy, the Plymouth
Township Police K-9 dog who was accidentally shot and killed last week.
With him is his partner, Sgt. Jeff Ferry, and Mantua Police Officer Kyle
Township Police Officer Louis Layfield and his son, Dominic, at the grave
of his K-9 dog, Andy. Nearly 400 members of police and fire departments
Township Officer Louis Layfield with a photo of his K-9 dog, Andy, buried
program with a photo of K-9 dog Andy on the cover at the memorial service
at the Plymouth Community Center Band Shelter.
a Plymouth Township K-9 dog who died in the line of duty, was memorialized
yesterday with all the pageantry typical of the police brotherhood. Uniformed
officers saluted en masse and a bagpiper played "Going Home" as Andy's
ashes were carried by his human partner before the service. "People think
it's only a dog," said Robert Krause, a retired funeral director who traveled
from Cape May for the memorial service. "This opens up their eyes," Krause's
wife, Louise, said.
the dog was also Andy the partner and Andy badge No. 913 of the Plymouth
Township Police K-9 Unit. He tracked down bad guys and sniffed out narcotics.
The German shepherd, who had served as a police dog for seven years before
he died in the line of duty last week, was remembered yesterday as a laid-back
partner who only turned into a "fireball" when necessary. Nearly 400 officers,
firefighters and emergency service personnel from more than 50 departments
around the region attended the outdoor services at the Plymouth Community
Center Band Shelter. The procession to the burial site - a ceremonial last
ride around the township - was 100 cars long.
was shot accidentally when he and his partner, Officer Louis Layfield,
answered a robbery call at an Abington Bank office in Lower Gwynedd. Andy
had been let off his leash to search for suspects when he came upon Robert
Johnson, a Montgomery Township officer who also answered the call. Johnson
was pursuing the suspects with his gun drawn, said Plymouth Township Chief
Joseph F. Lawrence. When Andy spotted the gun, he leaped for the officer.
K-9 dogs are trained to go after the gun, Lawrence said, and Andy was trying
to protect his partner.
Layfield attempted to pull Andy off Johnson's leg, Johnson's gun accidentally
discharged. The bullet went through the dog and hit Layfield, who was wearing
a bullet-proof vest. "This was an accident," Layfield said during the memorial
service. "I have no malice in my heart." Layfield and Johnson, who did
not attend the service, have spoken since the shooting, said Robert Hart,
who leads the Montgomery Township K-9 Unit. Johnson was traumatized after
the incident; before the shooting, he had wanted to pursue a career with
the K-9 Unit, Hart said.
the service, Layfield, 39, of Lower Providence, said he isn't sure that
he'll return to the Plymouth Township K-9 Unit when he returns to work
after some time off. Layfield and Andy were part of a four-team K-9 Unit
in the township. German shepherds Brix, Judo and Bosko, along with their
officer partners, were at graveside during Andy's burial service adjacent
to the police headquarters on Valley Road. The ceremonies were attended
by mourners from area police departments including Cheltenham, Darby Borough,
Philadelphia and Burlington, as well as local residents and animal lovers
from around the region. Ardis
Lukens of Plymouth Township came to pay her respects because a Plymouth
Township officer had once given her two old dogs he found tied up and abandoned
in a junkyard. The dogs became her beloved Freddie and Ethel. The Krauses,
who traveled from New Jersey, have an unusual calling. Louise Krause makes
memorial cards for deceased military, and search and rescue dogs. She also
creates memorial pages for the dogs on her Web site. Andy is now among
the 500 that she has memorialized in 10 years.
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Loving Memory of
W Poinsett St
police K-9, Ajax, passes away
Greer police dog passed away last night after nearly three years with the
department, the Greer Police Department is reporting. Lt. Jim Holcombe
said Ajax became ill last night and was rushed to the animal hospital by
his handler, Officer Scott Broome. Ajax died while being transported to
the hospital, Holcombe said. Ajax and Officer Broome were not on duty at
the time. Ajax was certified as a drug and tracking canine, and was also
used for public presentations. He was about 3 and 1/2 years old, Holcombe
said. Greer resident Harriet Thompson had donated the money to buy Ajax
for the department.
Greer Police Department welcomed its two newest officers to the force amid
much fanfare last September, as a battalion of news reporters witnessed
Mayor Rick Danner administer the oath of office.
officers raised their paws and barked. Atos and Ajax, a pair of two-year-old
shepherds, officially joined GPD’s K-9 Unit and displayed their agility
and drug sniffing skills at the city's police range. The dogs will be used
for tracking and drug detection, according to Capt. Jolene Vancil.
called out several times a year. If an officer has a suspicion about
a car, the dogs will be called to come out and do a sniff around it," she
said. "We don't do a lot of tracking, but they're there if we ever
need them. Of course they go along (with the Emergency Reponse Team)
on any raids or search warrant work." Through the oath of office,
Atos and Ajax have sworn to protect and serve the citizens of Greer; to
assist their handlers in enforcing the law; to search for lost children;
to find illegal drugs; to track suspects; to be goodwill ambassadors for
the Greer Police Department; and to always be the best dogs possible.
the dogs barked their affirmation under handlers Jim Williams and Scott
Broome, video cameras captured the smiles of those in attendance. While
the ceremony may have appeared to be a made-for-television event, it actually
served an important purpose. "The dogs are now classified as police officers
and anyone who does any injury to them would receive a very similar penalty
as if they assaulted a human police officer. We consider them to
be just as much of the department as the humans are," Capt. Vancil said.
city's K-9 unit was formed more than 15 years ago when a black labrador
retriever named Murray joined the force. The department once boasted four
patrol dogs at one time, but Atos and Ajax have been professionally trained
specifically for tracking and drug detection and are used accordingly.
Their ongoing training includes agility work in Greer on the certified
course built by Williams for the dogs.
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
Bay Police Department
of Palm Bay
Bay, FL 32907
Bay Police Department patrol dog dies
serving the Palm Bay Police Department for 7 dutiful years, Astro the patrol
dog was put to rest on Wednesday. K-9 Astro was twelve years. The
patrol dog was assigned to the Palm Bay unit and Officer Jeff Nickle in
1998. Nickle, Astro's handler said He was by far the best dog this department
ever had. He was a man stopper and drug finder. He was a great partner.
Astro was also the first Palm Bay Police dog to receive certification as
a Police Utility dog which included drug detection, handler protection,
obedience, building search, area search, tracking and evidence search.
During his years with the team, Astro assisted in locating missing and
endangered persons and also saved the life of an injured suspect. He also
worked closely with the SWAT team. Sgt. Nelson Moya, a SWAT team member
said Weve missed him for quite some time. He served us well.
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
officer dies after years of bad health
Kirby DeLoach poses with Ali, a German shepherd police dog, in 2000. Ali
died recently after years of deteriorating health. Ali, a German shepherd
who served the Longview Police Department for eight years, died earlier
this week after several years of deteriorating health. "He was a good partner,"
said Officer Kirby DeLoach, Ali's former handler. Ali was DeLoach's first
canine partner. DeLoach said hip problems led to Ali's retirement in 2006.
The police department has three police dogs. After retirement, Ali lived
with DeLoach and his children. DeLoach and Ali spent their career partnership
on a midnight shift, being called out to assist on patrol or narcotics
work as needed.
Ali's talents would not be used for days, and sometimes he was called on
several times in a single shift. "Ali was always ready to work," DeLoach
said, adding they were always up for a challenge. Ali's teeth captured
the attention of many children and city employees, DeLoach said. The canine's
canines were the first animal teeth on the police force to be crowned.
"Everyone thought he had steel teeth," DeLoach said of the crowns Ali received
after his canines wore down.
dog also had a great temperament. DeLoach said Ali was always sociable
and enjoyed interacting with children. Even after Ali's retirement, DeLoach
said many people asked about how Ali was doing. While DeLoach has many
work memories of Ali, one day stands out above the others. Several years
ago, he and Ali were called to a wrecked vehicle on Texas 31. Three suspects
had committed a robbery and driven away. The suspects wrecked on Texas
31 and fled into the woods. Another police dog was already on the scene
and had found one suspect, but the dog needed to rest.
and Ali went into the woods and found another suspect as the first dog
rested. When Ali needed to rest, the first dog went back in, and all three
suspects eventually were found. The entire manhunt lasted about seven or
eight hours. "It was one of the most tiring, but most rewarding, instances
I can recall," DeLoach said. When Ali retired, DeLoach got a new canine
partner, Joost (pronounced like toast but with a "y" sound at the beginning).
The DeLoach family, though, will always remember Ali as one of its own.
"He was family," DeLoach said.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
Handler: Dave Leo
Olde North Road
- 978-256-6872 (Fax)
department loses its canine - By
Kevin ZImmerman/Staff Writer
most police dogs, Andy knew when he was “on the clock” and when he was
kicking back with his family.
was a great police dog and at home he was a great pet,” said K-9 Officer
Dave Leo. “He knew if I came out of the house dressed in my uniform we
were going to work.” Over the weekend, Andy, who had served with
the police department since September 2004, died.
was business as usual Friday night, when Leo and Andy, a 6-year-old German
shepherd, were called to the China Mountain restaurant on Tyngsboro Road
after a reported break-in.
tracked the suspect into a swampy area behind the building. When the alleged
robber refused to surrender, Leo sent Andy in after him. One bite from
Andy and the suspect was out of the swamp.
never would have found the guy without Andy,” said Police Chief Jim Murphy.
was another suspect collared by the K-9 pair, but while in the swamp Andy
may have caught something else. On Saturday, Andy started to act strangely
and Leo suspected something was wrong. Leo took his partner to a veterinarian
in town. There, doctors discovered Andy’s vital signs were weak and his
intestine was enlarged. They advised Leo to take Andy to Nashua, N.H.,
where he could be operated on.
doctors in Nashua told Leo the infection had progressed too far and there
was nothing they could do for Andy. “There’s a lot of bad guys who
are probably happy to hear that Andy is gone,” said Leo.
drug dealers, merchandise is usually stashed in an electronic hide — a
spot somewhere on the vehicle that can be opened only through the flick
of a switch or push of a button. Andy always seemed to locate the cache.
Leo and Andy were involved in hundreds of searches and were extremely successful
in locating suspects and drugs, said Murphy. But area police departments
also praised Andy for his work when called on to help locate a missing
child, said Murphy. “We got accolades from every department in the
area where he assisted,” said Murphy. “He was well respected as a canine
dog. A lot of that credit goes to Officer Dave Leo.” Murphy and Leo
have already talked about finding a new dog for the force.
second dog would be less of an investment, said Murphy, because Leo’s vehicle
is already equipped
for K-9 work.
“Hopefully the next dog will be as good as the last one,” said Leo. “He was a
good dog from day one. He’s going to be missed.”
Kevin Zimmerman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-A loud tailpipe piqued a police officer’s interest and led to the driver’s
arrest after a short chase to his Lowell apartment Saturday. Sgt.
Paul Cooper noticed the noise coming from 32-year-old Mark Napolitano’s
car, and ran a check on the vehicle’s license plates, according to Deputy
Police Chief Scott Ubele.“The listing came back showing that the motor
vehicle plates were revoked for lack of insurance,” said Ubele. So
Cooper followed Napolitano’s car into the parking lot for D’Angelo Sandwich
Shop in Drum Hill, and pulled him over, Ubele said. As backup arrived,
police received word there was a warrant for Napolitano related to a plea
he made in a 1999 rape case, Ubele said. “He apparently did not live
up to his part of the bargain,” said Ubele. Officers at the scene
opened the door to the car and tried to get Napolitano out, but he fled,
Ubele said. He put it in drive and left the scene,” said Ubele.
Dispatch sent for K-9 Officer Dave Leo and his dog Andy.
arrived at the scene after a short car chase that ended when Napolitano’s
white, roughly 20-year-old Chevrolet Celebrity slid across the slippery
parking lot and into a Laundromat, Leo said.
what the guys told me, he was driving like a horror show,” Leo said.
the crash, Cooper’s cruiser slid into Napolitano’s car and officer Edward
Quinn scuffed the bumper of another parked car in the parking lot.
Napolitano, who lives next to the Laundromat ran up the stairs to his third
floor apartment, said Deputy Ubele. Police followed him up with the
landlord and tried to use a key to open the door, Leo said. “Every
time they tried to turn the deadbolt, he would turn it back, locking it,”
Leo said. When police had enough of that exchange, they gave the
man warning and kicked in his door, Leo said.
was arrested and charged with failure to stop for police, operating an
uninsured motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle after license revoked,
operating a motor vehicle reckless to endanger, failure to keep left while
passing and failure to stop for a stop sign. Icy conditions were
responsible for the car crashes, which ended the pursuit, Ubele said.
A few hours later, around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, a man driving a 2006 Chevy
pickup ran a stop sign and crashed into Lt. Dan Ahern just outside Chelmsford
High School, Ubele said.
driver was cited for failure to yield, said Ubele.
Writer Andy Metzger can be reached at 978-371-5745 or at email@example.com.
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
In Loving Memory of
William (Dick) Dudley
Llano County Sheriff's Department
State, Hwy. 16, Suite A
Llano, Texas 78643
Phone: 325-247-5050 -
John Neff, Chief Deputy
2003 National Champion K9 Ars Passes
Written by Terry Uetrecht
In December 2008 K9 Ars, the 2003 NNDDA National
Champion in Texarkana, past after a short illness. He served 7 years with the
Sonora Police Department with William (Dick) Dudley. The Team transferred to the
Llano County Sheriff's Dept. in September 2006 and worked in Llano County till
March 2008 with several good busts. Ars would have been 10 in February 2009.
In Sonora he had a great career working with the
P.D., S.O., DPS, and the Border Patrol. He is credited with several large
amounts of cash, 100's of pounds Marijuana, several kilo's of cocaine, some
meth, several small amounts of heroin, and numerous small personal amounts. He
was good at what he did. He will be missed every day.
Handler Dudley wanted to say a very special big
THANK YOU to all the people in NNDDA, who helped him and Ars for all those
Loving Memory of
County Sheriff's Office
(509) 477-3300 (509) 477-5980
Public Safety Building
1100 West Mallon
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
Frank & K9 Axel
Handler: Gregg Scully & Frank Holland
for a crime dog
sustaining a spinal injury during a mid-May training exercise, Axel still
wanted to go to work. When his handler, police officer Gregg Scully, got
ready to drive to work, the 6-year-old German shepherd would pop his driver's
side door open by shoving his snout under the handle. Then the 90-pound
dog, trained for patrol and narcotics duty, would use his long nose to
swing the door open and jump in. Despite Axel's willingness to work and
ability to mask his pain, Scully said he knew his dog, which he began living
with last October, was hurting and may have to be put down.
knew he would let me know when it was time," Scully said. That time came
faster than he imagined. On June 14, Axel, who spent almost five years
as a certified Norwalk police dog, was euthanized, Sgt. Andre Velez said.
Axel came to Norwalk from the Czech Republic without training, said Velez,
who commands the department's K-9 Unit. With the loss of Axel, the unit
now has four police dogs. Axel was trained by Norwalk police officer Frank
Holland, a master trainer with the North American Police Work Dog Association,
who kept the dog until Holland's disability retirement last year.
also was set to retire, but Holland told Velez that the dog really wanted
work, and offered him to another handler. When Axel was turned over to
Scully, they made an immediate connection. "From the first day I got him
we bonded," Scully said adding, "The way Axel was trained, you will never
see another dog like him." Right after the two were certified to work together
near the end of December, they were put on a drug investigation with another
law enforcement agency.
a rural area - Scully wouldn't say where because the case is under investigation
- Axel found a stash of crack cocaine worth $50,000. On the job, Axel was
"phenomenal," Scully said. "There was no off switch for him." Axel would
do his commands at "100 miles per hour." Many times before he finished
uttering a command, Axel was already doing it, Scully said. At home, Scully
said, Axel was "comical" and at times, including when he would sit down
and watch television, seemed almost human.
you were doing, he wanted to be a part of," Scully said. Axel's police
career ended during a Hamden training session, Velez said. On May 12, Axel
was training to chase down a suspect with a large head start. Being an
energized dog with explosive speed, Axel hit a trainer hard, spinning the
man around. While Axel was in mid-air with his teeth locked on the man's
arm, he slammed into a vertical metal beam, Velez said. A short time later,
Scully called Velez to tell him Axel was dragging a hind leg and both rear
paws were turned down, indicating he was hurt.
veterinarian found that he had an acutely slipped disc. During a second
examination, a veterinary specialist also discovered that Axel was suffering
from an unrelated degenerative disease, which would probably have limited
his career to only two or three more years, Velez. With a positive outcome
through surgery far from certain, the specialist recommended euthanizing
the dog, Velez said. Once full of energy and playfulness, Axel soon was
doing little more than laying down next to Scully or in his own bed.
when Axel began yelping in pain, Scully knew it was time for him to be
put out of his misery, he said. Velez said that he wants to replace Axel,
but the funds are not available. The past three police dogs have been paid
for using money forfeited from drug dealers and other criminal enterprises.
Those accounts are budgeted and there isn't enough left over to get another
dog, Velez said. Velez said that he hopes to raise the $12,000 needed to
buy and train a new dog through the department's K-9 Donation Fund. "The
public has always been extremely supportive and generous when they see
we have needs," Velez said. - Anyone interested in donating to the K-9
call 854-3197. submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
photos by Frank Holland
Loving Memory of
July 17, 2008
Handler: Lt. Brad
(662)393-8652 - Fax: (662)393-7138
police dog was working until the very end
Police patrol and narcotics dog Arras, an 8-year-old Dutch Shepherd, died
of cancer last week.
first day Arras was a member of the Southaven Police Department, he captured
a suspect. That was six years ago, and since then he helped nab 50 to 60
criminals. "He was a real pro from day one and would just help us hunt
down bad guys and sniff out drugs," Lt. Brad Chism said. "He was great."Arras,
a patrol/narcotic dog, died last week from cancer complications. The Dutch
Shepherd was 8 years old. "It happened so suddenly," said Chism, Arras'
handler. "The good thing is he didn't suffer. We are still in shock that
he is gone. Everybody is upset."
said even on the day he died, Arras was ready for work. "We had a call
in Horn Lake to catch two suspects, and Arras went out there and in 15
minutes caught them," Chism said. After the suspects were arrested, Chism
said he noticed Arras wasn't himself. "Last Saturday, we took him to the
vet and they said he had a liver infection and was given some medicine,"
Chism said. "Monday, when we took him back, they found the cancer. It had
spread to his liver and spleen, and he had to be put down."
is the second police dog Chism has lost. Bach, a 4-year-old German Shepherd,
died on the job from a heart attack after he ran down a robbery suspect.
"Bach died on April 11, 2002," Chism said. "I remember it like yesterday."
Chism said Bach is buried at Saucier Park near City Hall. Arras was buried
Monday on a plot at the Southaven Police Department gun range in an area
that has been designated as a memorial for police dogs. "We are planning
a memorial service for Arras and will get him a headstone and everything,"
Chism said. "I have two other dogs and they are looking for Arras to come
home. Everybody in my family is grieving for him." Chism said Arras was
one of four in Southaven's canine unit. The department has begun the process
of looking for a new dog. "It is hard to replace him, because he was more
than just a pet," Arras said. "We had a bond that will be hard to duplicate."
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
662-393-8654 heard from : Linda
Loving Memory of
(help with information please....)
by Jim Cortina
Loving Memory of
15, 1998 - May 20, 2008
SEPTA Transit Police
Market St. - 4th Floor
215-580-4487 - Administrative: 215-580-3641
more people I meet, the more I like my dog."
came into our home during the summer of 2005. We were very excited
because she was the “first female" Malinois of all the other "K-9 HEROS"
we had over the years. She was not a young dog by any means. She was 7
years old. It turns out that her previous owner had abused her. We
were the “fortunate” and “honored” ones who rescued her. I will never
understand how anyone could do that to such a loving and caring dog, or
any dog for that matter.
the beginning, it was very difficult for Anouska or “Nushy” as my wife
and I called her, to accept the love and praise that we gave her, but we
never stopped and never gave up. Anouska and I attended 17 weeks
of Patrol and Explosive School together. There was one advantage
in her favor. Of the 16 other dogs in our class, Anouska was the
only female. The other dogs loved her….and all of the other handlers
did also. After graduation, I met many people who knew Anouska
years before and I can't tell how many said, "No way is that the same dog...
she looks so happy!” She was a happy and loving partner.
loved going to work every day....sometimes even more than her partner.
She was the only dog I ever had that didn't bark at anyone who asked for
directions. I know how many of you can relate to that....and she
will never know how much I appreciated that too.
was always such a good little girl at home. She was always so well-behaved
and added so much joy and happiness into our lives. She was a “perfect
pet” and was definitely a very important part of our family. We will
miss her so much, but we know that she is in a better place now waiting
at the Rainbow Bridge.
by handler, Dave & Wendi
Loving Memory of
South Michigan Avenue
am numb as I type this...8 years ago I walked into the K9 Training Center
not knowing how my life would be changed. As I looked over all of the possible
K9 Partners I saw you and our eyes met. I felt from that moment that we
looked into each others souls and I knew in my heart that we would be a
great team. We had a bond like no other. You excelled in all you did and
gave it your all. You were brave, never hesitating to protect me. You stood
tall after 9-11 as we stood for hours at our Command Center protecting
all who entered. You made me proud as we stood to Honor Fallen K9 Heroes.
You made me proud as we stood Guard by The Presidential Helicopter. You
made me proud when we received a Department Commendation for your work.
You searched so others would be safe. City wide you were known, from the
FBI to School Children who thought it was so cool to pet a Police Dog.
I was known too...as Arco's partner You were loved by many and touched
many lives. But when we came home at night you were my sweet lovable boy.
A part of the family..a part of me..my "Velcro Dog." You made me laugh
and you stood by me through good times and bad. This last year I was blessed
to be retired with you and enjoyed every moment together.
Arco~Forever In My Heart
14 Feb 1998
~ 17 May 2008
looked into my eyes last night on the way to the E-Vet and you again looked
into my soul. You knew it was time to go and wanted me to know it was OK.
And now I look down by my feet and I don't see you, I turn to touch you
and you're not there. A piece of my heart is gone. Your Grandpa misses
you too,and when I looked out the window and saw him watering it was not
the same without you at his side.
even though I can't touch you or see you, I know you are at my side. "Partners
Forever"..just temporarily separated by a Rainbow. Be Brave again Arco
until I am once again at your side. I love, miss you and you are...
IN MY HEART.
ALWAYS AT MY SIDE -
submitted by Karen
Loving Memory of
K9 AULF ( aka K9 ULF)
kills man during run-in with K-9
Pittsburgh police officer shot and killed a 19-year-old Allentown man who
shot and killed a K-9 dog during a confrontation in Mount Oliver last night.
A crowd of angry onlookers, including the victim's family, quickly gathered
at the scene in the 1600 block of Arlington Avenue. Dozens of officers
also arrived on the scene, some with K-9 dogs, to help keep the crowd under
control. The victim's parents identified him as Justin Jackson of the 1500
block of Arlington Avenue. A spokesman for the Allegheny County medical
examiner's office confirmed Mr. Jackson had died but said the cause and
manner of death would be determined in an autopsy today.
K-9 dog, named Aulf, was 6 years old and was assigned to an officer who
is a 12-year veteran of the police bureau, said Chief Nate Harper. Chief
Harper, appearing at a news conference last night at police headquarters,
gave this account of the shooting, which occurred shortly before 7 p.m.:
The officer, who is a member of the police bureau's street response unit,
spotted a man walking down Arlington Avenue with his hand concealed under
the man was holding a gun, the officer stopped and told him to pull his
hand from his pocket. The officer reported that he saw a gun and released
the K-9 to subdue Mr. Jackson. Mr. Jackson shot the dog and the officer
immediately fired his weapon at the suspect. Both men fired several rounds,
Chief Harper said. The officer, who was not identified, was not wounded
in the shooting. At the time of the shooting, Mr. Jackson was on the sidewalk
and the officer was standing in the street, Chief Harper said.
spot where the shooting occurred is just over the city line in the borough
of Mount Oliver. Two blocks of Arlington Avenue were closed by police as
they investigated. The victim's father, Donald James Jackson, said a police
officer told him "our dog got shot so we killed him." "They killed my son
execution-style, not in the leg," the older Mr. Jackson said. "I understand
things go wrong but I'm sure there's a better way to handle it." Chief
Harper said Allegheny County police and the district attorney's office
will investigate the shooting. When asked, he said early indications are
that the officers acted appropriately. Chief Harper said he met with family
members of the victim after the shooting. "It's a very unfortunate incident.
Any time a life is lost, it's unfortunate." The chief said it was "a shame
the dog also had to sacrifice its life." "The K-9 did what it was trained
to do," he said. Police departments have gone to great lengths to
protect their dogs, some even buying them bullet-proof vests, which can
cost more than $1,000 each. Pittsburgh police have estimated that each
year three or four dogs are injured in scuffles with suspects. In the 1970s,
two police dogs were shot when they tried to disarm a hostage taker. They
both survived; one retired, the other returned to duty. In November, Aucy
James Andrews, 59, of the Hill District, was shot twice by an unnamed K-9
officer near the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Van Braam Street. Police
said Mr. Andrews stabbed a fellow tenant in the throat after an argument
at his apartment complex, then tried to stab a police dog before approaching
the K-9 officer with his folding knife. In September, Steelers quarterback,
Roethlisberger began giving grants for police departments to purchase
dogs in each town where the football team played. "It's something we decided
to do, my foundation is doing, after the police dog in my hometown [of
Findlay, Ohio] got shot and killed," Mr. Roethlisberger said at the time.
Investigators hope to review the incident on videotape from security cameras
placed in the area by UPMC.
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA & Renee Konias
say Knoxville man fired first - By Jill King Greenwood and Michael
plan to review surveillance footage of a fatal encounter between two Pittsburgh
police officers -- one of them a K-9 officer -- and a Knoxville man with
a history of arrests. Cameras outside a University of Pittsburgh Medical
Center facility on the border of Knoxville and Mt. Oliver might have captured
the Tuesday evening shooting that left Justin James Jackson, 19, dead.
Jackson died from a gunshot wound in the head and one in the chest, the
Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said. The K-9 officer's dog,
a 6-year-old German shepherd named Aulf, died of chest wounds at a veterinary
hospital. "This needs to stop. The police are using excessive force and
killing young black men," said the victim's father, Donald Jackson of the
West End. "It doesn't make sense. This is terrible, and I want answers."
Fellow officers identified the K-9 officer as Christian A. Sciulli, 34,
an 8-year veteran. Police spokeswoman Diane Richards refused to confirm
his identity and would not identify the second officer. Both officers were
placed on paid administrative leave while authorities investigate, which
is standard procedure in police-involved shootings. "They had a horrendous
night. They have taken a life and lost a partner," police Chief Nate Harper
said during a late-afternoon news conference Wednesday. Sciulli had never
shot anyone on the job before, fellow officers said. The District Attorney's
Office and county police are investigating. Donald Jackson said witnesses
told him his son did not have a gun, and family members said Justin Jackson
was not known to carry one. Court records show Justin Jackson had an arrest
record on offenses including firearms violations, simple assault and criminal
conspiracy. His last arrest was in April 2007, when he was 18, accused
of simple assault and a firearms offense. In that case, he pleaded guilty
to simple assault and was sentenced to six to 18 months. Records do not
show whether he served any jail time. Donald Jackson said his son was trying
to turn his life around.
was a good kid," he said. "He had some trouble as a juvenile, but he was
trying to change things.
makes mistakes when they're young, but he didn't deserve this."
Jackson was working in construction and studying for his driver's license
exam, his father said.
was a happy, normal kid," said his aunt, Scheryl McCoy, 32, of East Liberty.
"I'm speechless that this happened. I just don't know what to say. They
shot him because of a dog." The flag outside police headquarters in the
North Side flew at half-staff, and some officers wore a black band over
their badges to signify they are mourning a fallen officer. Police are
planning a memorial service and burial for Aulf on Saturday. Harper called
the shooting "an unfortunate" but justifiable action. "The officers acted
within the guidelines of policy and procedures," he said. Sciulli and another
officer, both in uniform, were driving on Arlington Avenue in a marked
police car to respond to a report of shots fired when they spotted Justin
Jackson, police said. They stopped because they believed he was carrying
a gun, Harper said. Sciulli ordered Aulf to attack after Jackson pulled
a .357 Magnum handgun from under his shirt, police said.
said Jackson began "firing at the officers, and the police officers returned
initially believed that the officers opened fire after Jackson began shooting
at the dog.
did not realize that the dog had been shot" until Jackson and the dog lay
mortally wounded, Harper said. The officers and Justin Jackson fired several
shots, investigators said. Aulf was shot in the front legs and chest and
pronounced dead on arrival at a veterinary hospital. "The bullet retrieved
from the K-9 was consistent with a .357 (Magnum)," Harper said. The gun
Jackson was carrying had been reported stolen in a 2006 burglary in Elliott,
the chief said. The department has 17 dogs and 12 protective bullet-proof
vests that are rotated among the dogs, said K-9 Sgt. Chris Micknowski.
Aulf, a 75-pound dog, was not wearing a vest because the dogs normally
are outfitted with them only when being sent into situations the officers
know are dangerous. A vest weighs about 15 pounds, Micknowski said. "The
vests are very heavy and generate a lot of heat on the dogs," Micknowski
said. "They aren't something we put on the dogs and leave on them because
it wouldn't be practical. If we know we're sending the dog into a situation
that is high-risk, we'll put a vest on them. That wasn't the case here.
This happened so quick. There was no warning." Richards said Aulf
had been with the city police department for about five years. His first
handler had him for about two years and Sciulli since then. update:
Killed In Line Of Duty Remembered
than 200 police officers from numerous communities gathered to remember
a Pittsburgh police K-9, Aulf, a 6-year-old German Sheppard. Aulf was shot
and killed in the line of duty Tuesday when city police said Justin Jackson,
19, shot Aulf in Mount Oliver. The dog's handler and another officer returned
fire, killing Jackson. As bag pipes played, Aulf was carried in a small
white casket into the police academy in East Liberty -- the place where
he once trained to be an officer. Funeral services for Jackson will be
held in Mount Oliver Tuesday morning. submitted by Jim Cortina
Pittsburgh police department is getting a new police dog to replace the
one killed in the line of duty last week. On Monday, Sen. Jim Ferlo announced
the department will receive a $10,000 grant. Last week, 6-year-old "Aulf"
was shot and killed by a suspect in Mt. Oliver. That same suspect was later
by officers. submitted by Bobby Earl
Loving Memory of
W Carolina Ave
honors police dog
Police Department K-9 Apache's badge and leash are placed with his urn
Tuesday as the honor guard prepares to drape his remains with an American
flag during a memorial service at St. Luke Methodist Church in Hartsville.
A small crowd gathered at St. Luke’s Methodist Church at sundown Tuesday
to mourn the loss of Apache, the first canine officer to join the Hartsville
Police Department. Apache died Feb. 16 at his home after a brief illness.
His body was cremated. Apache joined the force in May 1997 and was assigned
to work with Hartsville Police Lt. Brian Rudick. The two were inseparable
until his death, Rudick said.
though his partner has been gone for more than a month, Rudick still clings
to the things and the memories he left behind, he said. Every evening,
Rudick said he finds himself wanting to go outside and feed Apache. He
still has all of Apache’s toys, as well as his water and food bowls, he
said. “This is his lead,” Rudick said, clutching Apache’s leather leash.
“This is the same lead that we used the entire time we worked together.”
Officers wanted to have a memorial service for Apache because he was with
the department for nine years and he was an important part of the force,
he said. “I want them to remember how much of a friend he was. You take
for granted their service, but an animal chooses to serve. He could have
been the worst dog on the planet, but he chose to serve,” Rudick said.
The Rev. Tony Medlin, pastor of St. Luke’s, said Apache was greatly appreciated
by the Rudick family and the police department. “They (animals) are a part
of God’s creation ... we show appreciation in the same way we show appreciation
for all life’s blessings,” Medlin said. Humans have a few things to learn
from such service animals as Apache, Medlin said. “I think loyalty is the
big thing,” he said. “It’s unconditional loyalty (and) the firstname.lastname@example.org
part is what we need to learn for ourselves. (Animals) don’t hold grudges.
They just love.”
officers saluted Apache during the service with poems and presented
a flag to Rudick. The flag and Apache’s urn will be kept in his office
at work, Rudick said. “His (Apache’s) whole drive was to be at work,” he
said. “It’s just appropriate to take him to work and leave him there.”
Apache, under Rudick’s instruction, won awards at the National Field Trials
in 1999 and 2003.
also visited schools, churches and civic clubs to demonstrate his expertise
in crime fighting, Hartsville Police Chief Tim Kemp said He also said Apache’s
work helped forge a better relationship between the police department and
the community. Apache retired from the force Feb. 14, 2006, because
of arthritis and hip problems. submitted by Jim Cortina
Veterans Honored With Their Own Veterans Day
Day has gone to the dogs literally as Thursday marks the first K-9 Veterans
veterans truly have no say about being drafted yet they serve with honor.
Marine John Johanson of Edgewater says the dogs deserve the recognition.
was a war dog handler and now works for a company that provides trained
canines and handlers
private contract. About 120 dogs have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan
K9 Detection Services. Johanson says dogs are screened to see if they enjoy
put in long hours and are enthusiastic. The burdens of war affect the canines
says one out of 50 dogs will just shut down because of the heat or other
and are sent home. According to the Website K9veteransday.org,
"K9 Veterans Day"
honor all the dogs of all our wars, to include the present war on terror.
It will be a day when many breeds, plus mix breeds are celebrated, as all
have served in times of war. And because of 9/11
day will also celebrate the honorable service of Search and Rescue Dogs,
Police Dogs, Customs Dogs, Border Patrol Dogs, Secret Service Dogs, ATF
Dogs, FBI Dogs, and more, as all are now involved
guarding our precious freedoms against terrorists."
Loving Memory of
February 28, 2008
33701 E. Michigan Ave
PH: 734-721-1414 FAX -
retired from the Wayne Police Department in 2005 after 10 years of loyal
He died from natural causes recently at age of 14.
The City of
Wayne lost a legendary part of their police department recently. Axle, a
German Shepherd that faithfully served the city for more than a decade, died
at the age of 14. “He was more than a dog,” said Police Chief John Williams.
, Axle’s partner, agreed. Foley trained Axle and gave him a home when he
retired in 2005. “He set the standard high for other dogs to follow,” said
Foley, who has trained police K-9 for two decades. “He had a great impact on
the community.”Axle’s bloodline extended to Germany, but he came to the
Wayne department from Ontario, Canada. He started with the City of Wayne in
November, 1995. He was Foley’s second K-9 partner. Axle was 11 years old
when he retired. Throughout his career in Wayne, he handled 1,798 canine
cases, checked more than 1,200 vehicles for narcotics and assisted with 120
search warrants. He checked out more than 120 buildings, performed 45
separate locker searches for the school district and performed more than 200
tracks for the department.He was credited with 88 felony arrests and 198
misdemeanor arrests. He only had to get physical a handful of times—biting
four suspects who resisted arrest. Axle’s strong nose proved to be a boon to
Wayne and surrounding departments, too. The many currency checks he
performed netted more than $129,000 in forfeited narcotics funds. Through
work with the Western Wayne County SWAT team, he
helped find several key pieces of evidence along with virtually every type
of illegal narcotic and drug paraphernalia.He
was also a big part of the public relations aspect of the department, with
more than 229 public and school demonstrations under his collar. “He was a
big part of the department,” said Foley. “He was a part of the family.”Axle
shared a home with Cain, his successor, after his retirement. “He still let
Cain know who was in charge at home,” Foley said. Fourteen years is a long,
productive life for an dog that made his living sniffing out narcotics and
chasing down and cornering criminals, said Foley, who often his put his life
in Axle’s capable paws. He rarely showed it, though, even when he finally
succumbed to natural causes. “Even up until the end, his mind was sharp,”
said Foley. “He was just a great dog, but old age finally caught up to him.
We’re all going to miss him.”
by Jim Cortina
Loving Memory of
Officer Aaron Dillon
West A St.
former Dixon K-9 officer dies
Dixon Police Officer Aaron Dillon kneels next to Akim his K-9 partner of
4 1/2 years. Akim, a Czechoslovakian Shepherd, died of unknown causes on
Wednesday. Dillon who now works with the Solano County DA's office, purchased
the dog for $1 after it retired.
Dixon K-9 officer Akim, a fluffy Czechoslovakian shepherd, died of unknown
causes Wednesday at his owner's home. The owner, former Dixon police officer
Aaron Dillon, said the dog's death is shocking. "Everything was fine when
I went to work," Dillon said. "But when I wasn't greeted at the door I
knew something wasn't right." Dillon, who now works at the Solano County
District Attorney's office, found Akim lying in his kennel. Akim retired
from the police force five months ago to a have leisurely life at the Dillon
residence. Akim celebrated his eighth birthday last month.
least he had five months of an easy life," said a heart-broken Dillon at
work Thursday afternoon. "I thought I would have at least another four
years with him." Dillon and Akim have been inseparable since being paired
up five years ago. "I've spent more time with him than my family," Dillon
admitted. "I'm still in shock." Dillon said the rest of his family, especially
his 5-year-old son, have taken Akim's death very hard. Through the years,
Dillon and Akim were an instrumental team on Dixon's police force.
Dillon and Akim help crack down on narcotics and helped find evidence in
certain cases, sometimes spending 13 to 14 hours together each day. In
September, Dillon recalled that one of the most memorable times that Akim
was helpful in a case was after a robbery of one of the local Dixon bars.
Apparently Dillon and Akim didn't start their shift until six hours after
the incident occurred, but within minutes, Akim sniffed out and located
the loaded handgun used in the robbery. Nonetheless, Dillon said Akim had
been enjoying his retirement. In an interview a few months ago, Dillon
said Akim was enjoying "laying on the deck and sleeping in the sun." submitted
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
Officer Paul Hess
SE 10th. Ave.
Hillsboro police dog dies
a retired Hillsboro police dog died Sunday at home. He was 11. A German
shepherd, Apollo lived with his handler, Hillsboro Police Officer Paul
Hess, and was buried at Hess' family farm. The dog died in his sleep from
a previously undisclosed heart condition, officials said. Apollo gained
fame in law enforcement circles. He and Hess had more than 200 captures
in the five years he worked as a Hillsboro Police K9, which is still a
record number in Hillsboro. In fact, Apollo appeared in The Oregonian more
frequently than Hess, who often made the paper only as Apollo's partner.
most interesting thing about him is that he was just a big, goofy dog,"
said Lt. Michael Rouches, official spokesman for the Hillsboro Police Department.
"He had a different personality. Anything you threw at him, he'd find a
way to drag it back. Most dogs will do that, but he'd drag back anything.
It could be an old tire. "He had the personality of a lab, which is unusual
in a German shepherd," Rouches added. "He was just a delightful, playful
dog. He loved going to work. To him, work was like play." Apollo went by
the nickname, "Hollywood," and was known for his tracking skills. He retired
from the Hillsboro police in 2006.
by Jim Cortina