Memorials to Fallen K-9s
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In Loving Memory of
November 7, 2008

Handler - Patrolman John Shindledecker
Waynesboro Police Department

57 East Main Street
Waynesboro, PA
17268 Non-Emergency: 717-762-2132
Waynesboro police dog dies of cancer

Ex sniffed out drugs, tracked people and took down bad guys for eight years. The Waynesboro Police Department put down their fellow officer, the canine named Ex because of advancing cancer on Nov. 7, two weeks after being taken out of service. He was 10 years old -- 70 in dog years. "He was a great asset to the community as well as to this police department," Waynesboro Police Chief Mark King said. The department is attempting to raise $11,750 to find a replacement and to pay for the new dog's initial training. Cpl. John Shindledecker has agreed to be the handler again, according to King. "The canine, and especially Ex, has been a great tool with students and at community events," King said. "Everybody loves the demonstrations." Ex was the department's first utility police dog. He was great for helping to locate drugs in vehicles and homes, King said. He helped with searches in Washington Township and Adams County. "In building searches alone a dog helps to reduce the risk we face when we go into a building and start doing a search," King said. Waynesboro Veterinary Clinic has offered again to donate veterinary services. According to the WPD Web site, Ex was born in the Czech Republic in 1998 and was brought to the United States in March 2000. The dog became a member of the WPD in May 2001 with his handler Shindledecker. "Ex is a patrol utility dog and is trained in narcotics apprehension," the Web site states. "Ex has proven to be a great asset to the community as well as the department." "He's the first K-9 we've had," said Mayor Richard Starliper. "There were times when he was very important to the department by tracking drugs and holding people trying to get away. He was almost like another police officer in a way." So far about $3,000 in donations have come in to assist the department in acquiring a replacement, Starliper said: "It shows that people care and they know that a dog is needed, especially to help with the war on drugs."
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

February 2008

Handlers: Deputy Kevin Andress

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Central District Station
Sheriff’s Administration Building
10750 Ulmerton Rd.
Largo,  FL   33778
North District Station
737 Louden Ave.
Dunedin,  FL    34698

Retired K-9s Get Heroes Burial - 2/27/08 - Florida
Pinellas County Sheriff Deputies and police dogs listen during the second annual memorial service for service animals at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens Pet Cemetery on Tuesday in Palm Harbor.
Heroes Gardens embraced two new members Tuesday. K9s King and Exy, retired from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, were buried next to a dozen other police dogs at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens Pet Cemetery. Both dogs were trained by and worked with Deputy Kevin Andress. King, a German shepherd, was a brave and reliable partner for eight years, Andress said, choking up as he spoke. After King retired, the dog was his pet for four more years. "He was a great dog and a great protector," said Andress, 48. "He was very confident and not afraid of anything. King was accomplished, but the case I remember most was the rape suspect he tracked down after he escaped from a house. King got to him, and he got 40 years for the crime."
Exy, also a German shepherd, was the first dog trained by Andress, who has been with the canine unit for 15 years. The two worked together for two years. "I learned how to handle a dog with him," Andress said. "He was very confident." Law enforcement dogs are trained to sniff out drugs, trail suspects and follow the trails of missing people. Andress' new dog, Zeke, and three others - Egon, Knight and Tonka - lay at attention during the ceremony, which honored all 14 dogs buried there.
They panted, whimpered and barked. Andress said he didn't think the dogs were sensing the spirits of their fallen comrades as much as they were restless. "These dogs aren't used to being still so long," he said. The ceremony was cut short after about 15 minutes because of a late-afternoon rain shower. It was attended by about 20 deputies, 30 teenage Police Explorers and others. The Rev. Danny McDonald of North Bay Community Church in Clearwater officiated.
"Do dogs go to heaven?" McDonald asked. "Yes! If any other minister disagrees, tell them they are dead wrong. It is written in the Scriptures that everything of joy to us will be with us in heaven." He noted that the greatest examples of "sacrificial love" are dogs. "These are dogs that protected not only their handler, but you and I," McDonald said. "They might not have been carrying a gun, but they carried a badge." Indeed, the dogs are considered officers. Andress, who now trains the entire county canine unit of 11, says it takes about 17 weeks to train each dog.
In Loving Memory of K9s
Cuda, Dar, Rascal, Rex, Robey, Samson, Aaron, Henke, Eich, Major, Xant and Happy
The cremated remains of King and Exy were placed next to those of Cuda, Dar, Rascal, Rex, Robey, Samson, Aaron, Henke, Eich, Major, Xant and Happy. A small U.S. flag fluttered next to each marker. Curlew Hills president and CEO Keenan Knopke donates burial spaces, services and markers to officers out of respect to them and the service of their dogs. The cemetery has more than half an acre dedicated to animal burials, and will be able to accommodate about 1,500 animals in the area that opened in August 2006. The police dogs buried have either died since then or have had their stored ashes buried in Heroes Garden. "I'll come out here about once a month and spend a few more minutes with these dogs," Andress said. "I worked with or knew most of them, and I know they've touched people's lives." 

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA