In Loving Memory of
Atlantic City Police Department
In Loving Memory of
December 12, 2008
Handler: Sgt. Michael Colon
Millville Police Department
18 South High Street
Millville, New Jersey 08332
(856)825-7010 Ext. 7316
Millville K-9, Justice, dies
The Millville Police Bureau has announced the death of
police K-9 Justice. While being treated for issues with
his stomach on Friday, Justice passed away from
complications, according to police Capt. Thomas M.
Romanishin. Justice was assigned to the Millville Police
Uniform Patrol Division with his handler Sgt. Michael
Colon. Colon and Justice spent many long hours and
shifts together as guardians and protectors of the City
of Millville and it’s citizens, Romanishin said. During
his career Justice was responsible for many arrests and
apprehensions. He also performed dozens of community
events, canine demonstrations and visited many school
children in the city of Millville. He will not only be
missed by the entire Colon family, but also be missed by
the officers that he served with and the community he
proudly protected until his passing, Romanishin said. A
memorial service is in the process of being planned, but
the exact date and time has not been set.
May Justice rest in peace and thanks
for his service and protection, he will be missed!
Date of service Dec. 18 2008 Thursday 10 am
A service is
held Thursday for Millville police K-9
Justice, who died Dec. 12 from complications
related to a stomach condition.
It was Justice's moment, and he didn't
let his partner down. The Millville police
K-9 was pursuing a suspect in a double
shooting who had run from a vehicle after it
crashed while he and other suspects were
fleeing police. Justice tracked the suspect,
who responded by kicking the dog in the
face. Instead of retreating, Justice "went
right back to him, holding on to him," the
patrol dog's partner, Millville police Sgt.
Michael Colon, recalled Thursday during a
memorial service for the dog, who died last
week. "He was looking back as if he were
waiting for me to arrive. It's a moment I
will remember forever. "That response was
typical for Justice, a 9-year-old German
shepherd who joined the force in 2002, Colon
said. Justice died Dec. 12 of complications
related to a stomach condition. Millville
police officers and members of the community
packed the municipal courtroom at the police
department to remember Justice, the second
Millville police K-9 to die in the past
three months. Officer Anthony Loteck
recently lost his K-9 partner, Ronny, who
was euthanized after doctors discovered he
had advanced bone cancer. On Thursday, Loteck
recalled the friendly competition between
Ronny and Justice. In public, "instead of
barking at the crowd, they would bark at one
another as if to say, 'I'm the top dog, not
you,'" a tearful Loteck said. Police Chief
Ed Grennon said Justice had a laid-back
personality, much like his handler. "But
like Mike, when you needed him, he was
there," Grennon said of Justice. At the end
of the service, K-9 units from area law
enforcement agencies offered Justice a final
salute. The dogs and their handlers paused
at a table near the judge's bench, where
Justice's ashes were held in a wooden
box. The dogs barked as their handlers
saluted. Public Safety Director Dave Vanaman
said Colon would get another K-9 partner.
And Loteck is training with a new dog, as
well as preparing to become a K-9
instructor. As the department dealt with the
most recent loss of a K-9, it has also
welcomed two new dogs and their handler to
the force. Officer John Butschky transferred
to the department from the Cumberland County
Sheriff's Department and brought with him a
bomb-sniffing dog and another K-9 that
specializes in narcotics detection and
patrol work. Butschky started work on the
Millville force last week.
submitted by Capt. Thomas M. Romanishin &
Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA (Bob & I attended
Candle ceremony sparks
tribute to deceased K-9s
1/29/09 New Jersey
Sergeant Michael Colon (left) and
K-9 Patrolman Tony Loteck (right),
with new K-9 Nitro, received memory
candles in the name of their fallen
K-9s, Justice and Ronny
respectively, Wednesday night at
Opti RX in Vineland. Pattyann
Lamcken (second from left) and
Trisha Newkirk (second from right)
worked on the candles.
Two recently deceased Millville
police K-9 dogs received a glowing
tribute Wednesday night. Three area
women who own a business that sells
natural foods and soy candles
presented specially made candles to
the dogs' handlers during a short
ceremony at Opti Rx at Pietro Plaza
on Delsea Drive. The candles have an
image of the dogs' badges and a
black band similar to the ones
police wear on their uniform to
mourn a fellow officer. The candles
also came with an attached two-sided
picture frame with a photo of each
dog and its handler, and a poem for
pet lovers, "Beyond the Rainbow."
They were presented to Millville
police K-9 officers Tony Loteck and
Sgt. Michael Colon. Loteck said he
appreciates the compassion that
everyone has shown him after the
death of his K-9 partner, Ronny.
"Nothing will replace our first
partners," he said. "There will
always be that vacant spot in my
life." Ronny was euthanized in
September after doctors discovered
he had advanced bone cancer.
(Earlier this month, Loteck and his
new partner, Nitro, graduated from a
16-week K-9 training course.) "For
me, it's knowing other people care,"
Colon said. "I appreciate that. I'm
still dealing with Justice's loss,
but this does help." Justice,
Colon's partner, died Dec. 12 of
complications related to a stomach
condition. "When we found out Tony
Loteck lost his pet, we came up with
the idea of making a candle, and
then a couple months later, Justice
had to be put to sleep, and we made
one for him also," said Trish
Newkirk, 37, one of three partners
in Jersey Girl Candles, which makes
scented candles, including candles
for pet memorials. The candle
business is an offshoot of
Nussentials, the whole foods
business Newkirk runs with Diane
Castor and Patty Ann Lamcken.
.Officer. Anthony Loteck recently lost
his K-9 partner, Ronny,
who was euthanized after doctors discovered
he had advanced bone cancer 9/8/08.
IN MEMORY OF JUSTICE
2/21/09 New Jersey
Police Officer Anthony Loteck
presents a plaque to artist Diane
Roberts. - Millville police Sgt.
Michael Colon holds a portrait of
himself and his late K-9 partner,
Justice, done by artist Diane
When Millville police
officer Anthony Loteck’s K-9
partner, Ronny, died last fall,
Millville Police Detective Keith
O’Brien contacted artist Diane
Roberts about the possibility of
doing a portrait for Officer Loteck
to honor Ronny’s memory. Roberts was
more than willing to help. When
Millville police Sgt. Michael
Colon’s K-9 partner, Justice, died
recently, Detective O'Brien called
Roberts again. And once again, she
was more than willing to do a
portrait, this time to honor the
partnership between Officer Colon
and Justice. The Millville Police
Department recently presented
Roberts with a plaque in recognition
of the true compassion and
dedication she has shown to the
department in connection with the
loss of its fallen officers.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
Marshalltown, IA 50158
Long-time police dog remembered for service
the time they teamed up together, JR and Officer Melinda Ruopp
uncovered more than $500,000 worth of drugs and nearly
in cash. The two also teamed took home top honors one year
during a national competition for drug detection.
JR, seen in
this photo, died recently of an unknown illness. He was 13 at
the time of his death and was Marshalltown’s third canine
as a police officer, when you go to work everyday with the same
partner for nine years, there is a sense created that he will
always be there. After all, he's always watched your back, and
you've always watched his. So when he dies, it's a little hard
to take. The fact that he was a dog doesn't make it any easier.
"He worked hard for me," said Melinda Ruopp, the (human) officer
who worked with JR all those years he was with the force. "He
did his best anytime he ever went out." Though JR retired from
active policy duty in 2007, he still remained part of Ruopp's
family, actively watching the house and even accepting when a
new police dog, a younger pup named AWOL, arrived in the house.
13 years old at the time of his death and Ruopp knew there was
something not quite right. He had not been himself and was put
on pain medications. It was possible the veterinarian could have
tried to find out what, exactly, was wrong, but Ruopp wanted him
to live out his days peacefully, not being subjected to a
battery of tests. "He was such a complex dog," Ruopp remembered.
"He had a lot of different personalities that showed through and
he had a lot of different ways of handling things. He was a very
time as a police dog, JR made his mark on the city - and on the
nation. His cases were featured as cases of the year several
times through the United States Police Canine Association.
In 2004, JR and Ruopp were awarded the overall individual
champion at the USPCA National Detector Dog Trials in Bay
St. Louis, Miss. However, while those national accolades grabbed
headlines and attention, Ruopp said JR's worth was not defined
by such things. JR was more than just a competition dog.
really his street work that has to come first," she said. "What
does he do for Marshalltown? I'd like to think he was a pretty
good street dog besides being a good competition job." During
his career, JR seized more than $500,000 worth of illegal drugs,
was responsible for a number of apprehensions and building
searches. He also found nearly $100,000 in cash over the years.
Ruopp said JR took retirement kind of hard. He loved what he did
and had trouble understanding why, when she put on her uniform,
he wasn't hopping up into the SUV with her. But just because he
was no longer a cop, didn't mean that he didn't still keep his
retired, I'd take him to some training or to demos. And you
could see that spark in his eye," Ruopp said. "He never forgot
what he was to do. If you love what you do, it makes it a lot
easier. He loved doing narcotic work." While some police dogs
have a reputation for being very rough and distant emotionally,
Ruopp said JR broke the mold in that regard. In fact, that
portion of his personality was what she said she would miss
most. "He was very affectionate. He had this way of bouncing
when he was coming to meet you," she said. "He trotted like he
was so happy all the time. He was always very affectionate and
happy, even when he retired."
both on the job and at home, Awol is the top dog in the Ruopp
household. But at first, even he had a hard time understanding
where JR was. "He was kind of lost for the first couple of days.
He walked around kind of looking for him. But he has immediately
stepped into the role of guardian and protector," Ruopp said.
"I've noticed a marked difference in his awareness." JR was the
third canine officer the Marshalltown Police Department had.
However, it was Ruopp's first dog. In the end, she will remember
him as a capable partner. "Everybody has a gift and I think his
was he just loved to do his job," she said. "He loved to look
for drugs and that showed."
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
4, 1999 - June 2, 2007
Officer Clay Rushford
K-9 Jet dies suddenly; Fatal tumor on pancreas went undetected
CAROL LAURIAT Special to the Recorder
police dog, born Gero Vom Sassengergerland in Germany on Nov. 4,
1999, was successfully recovering from an operation Thursday for
a painful spinal condition, when a totally separate, previously
undetected problem arose: a malignant tumor on his pancreas. The
police dog died in his sleep at the Townsend Veterinary Hospital
on Saturday. Jet's handler, officer Clay Rushford, the Orange
Police Department and the Pioneer Junior Women's Club, the sole
sponsor of the town's K-9 program for nearly 30 years, were
still reeling from the shock Monday afternoon. PJWC's Geneva
Lawson, who started the K-9 program, said, ''Right now, we're
all trying to get over the initial shock of the whole thing.
We'll take it one day at a time for now.''
said, ''there's a lot of sadness in the OPD right now. We've
lost our pal.
the first time in 30 years that we don't have an old dog
retiring with a new dog waiting in the wings to take over. We
lost Jet prematurely, so now we'll just have to wait to see what
happens,'' Rushford said.
that the veterinary staff, who were ''super supportive'' during
Jet's operation to alleviate an extremely painful spinal
condition, were ''devastated'' by the turn of events.
very important to me that people understand that the operation
had nothing to do with Jet's death,'' Rushford said. ''The
operation was very successful. In fact, the doctor told me it
was so successful that I shouldn't go out right away and buy a
sling (for his leg) because (Jet) was doing so well he probably
wouldn't need it.'' The doctor told Rushford he suspects Jet's
cause of death was insulinoma, a malignant tumor on the
pancreas. According to www.petplace.com, an insulinoma is ''a
malignant tumor of the pancreas that secretes excessive amounts
of insulin leading to hypoglycemia. They usually occur in
middle-aged to older dogs, usually eight to 12 years of age and
are very rare in cats.'' Rushford said, ''In retrospect, now
that I'm more educated about (insulinoma), there probably were a
lot of little things going on in his life that if you took his
leg problem (with the pain in the spinal column) out of the
formula, it might have been more obvious.''
surgery Friday, Jet's surgeon, Dr. James Easley, told Rushford
that the police dog's nerve functions were fine and that he had
movement in his tail and, most important, the affected right leg
was working fine.
said the surgeon also told him that ''it was apparent that Jet
was having difficulty and that there may be an underlying
problem occurring. Further testing was done and it was
determined that (the K-9's) glucose level was critically low.''
As blood samples were sent away to a specialized lab to help
determine what was happening, Jet was administered drug therapy
for the suspected cause and within a short time showed a marked
improvement. But during the night, Jet passed away in his
sleep. ''Nobody saw it coming,'' Rushford said. ''It was as
much a shock to the staff down there as it was to us. (The
insulinoma) raised its ugly head in the middle of the
catastrophe (of Jet's operation). It would have showed up
regardless of the other condition. And because the effects are
so intermittent, if I had known six months ago what I know now,
I may have seen things a little differently. But there wouldn't
have been a whole lot we could have done.''
said Jet will be laid to rest with the other K-9s he has worked
with over the last 25 years, including Champ, Xalk and Ajo.
''They'll all be together now,'' Rushford said.
came to Orange police in 2002. He earned titles in endurance,
companion and Schutzhund I. He was a certified patrol dog and
completed training in Homeland Security. He attended DARE
graduations, gave public demonstrations, and helped promote the
PJWC's Santa Fund drive.
completed more than 70 tracks and had 20 arrests to his credit.
In 2003, he tracked a suspect for a mile-and-a-half using a
five-hour-old trail. Also that year, he located two suspects,
who had vandalized Ralph C. Mahar School, inside the school. In
2004, Jet tracked four teens involved in vandalizing the
downtown area. In 2005, he was assigned to provide security for
entertainer Bill Cosby during a visit to Mahar.
summer, Jet did numerous tracks during a multi-week crime spree,
which involved break-ins into many vehicles. Jet recovered
evidence and gave investigators an area to concentrate their
search efforts. As a result, those responsible were identified
When it was
determined Jet needed emergency surgery for his Lumbosacral
stenosis, which produced great pain and made it difficult for
Jet to use his right rear leg, the PJWC sent out an open appeal
to the community to help pay for his surgery and aftercare.
press release, Rushford said, ''the support from the area
communities in Jet's time of need was overwhelming and left us
all realizing what a great area we live in. It goes without
saying that Jet will be missed by all that he served.''
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
November 8, 1995 ~
March 26, 2008
Steven C. Vesco
860-688-5273 - Fx: 860-683-2862
sorry to announce the passing of Steve Vesco's K9 partner "Jag"
of the Windsor Police Department. Officer Vesco and K9 "Jag"
were the 1st runner -up recipients of the Daniel Wasson K9
Memorial Award in 2003 and were also members of the CPWDA
for 10 years. Please pass your condolences to Steve and his
firstname.lastname@example.org Steve wanted me to tell everyone
that a memorial service for Jag will be held in approximately 2
more weeks and he will let me know the date and time to pass
along to everyone. Steve's requested that this message below
would be passed along.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Jim, I'm sadden to announce that on 3/26/08 at 0815 , K9 Jag was
put to sleep after a quick and sudden illness. He was an amazing
partner that always made me look good holding the leash. His 10
1/2 year career was stellar. I know that he will never be
forgotten by all in the K9 community, friends and especially my
wife and children. He never complained, not even to the end. I
never imagined that it would be so hard, but many have reached
out to me. Thank you to all that have helped make Jag and I a
special thanks to my wife (Heidi), Doug Humphrey, Bill Nott,
Jeff Angell, Mike Bride, CPWDA & Penny Harris.
Windsor’s award-winning police dog dies
months past his 12th birthday and only five months after
retiring, the Police Department’s award-winning police dog,
Jagger, died Wednesday. Officer Steven Vesco had retired Jagger,
a German shepherd everyone called, “Jag,” last fall for medical
reasons; Jag had been sick off and on at the time. At the time
Jag was retired, he had been the department’s police dog for
more than a decade, proving instrumental in more than 300
arrests, and collecting upwards of 15 awards and certificates.
Vesco, Jag’s handler, continue to bring the dog to work on the
midnight shift after retirement because his four-legged
ex-partner would get restless at home and keep people awake.
“The last couple of days, he just wasn’t himself,” Vesco said
Thursday. Usually, when it was time to go to work, Jag would
barrel out the door, Vesco said. But the night of Vesco’s
midnight shift between Tuesday and Wednesday, Jag sat at the top
of the stairs. Vesco had to coax him down, and when he tried to
give him some water, Jag only had a sip. “He got unresponsive.
He was shaking all night,” Vesco said. He checked on Jag
frequently, afraid he wouldn’t make it, “but he kept holding
took Jag, who had a high temperature, to the Bolton Veterinary
Hospital where, a short time later, he had to be put down. “He
spent his last night at the police station. He was definitely
happy, and never complained until the end,” Vesco said. Vesco
said he’s been asked if he’s interested in taking on another
police dog. The Police Department has two police dog slots, and
when Jag retired, one slot was left open.
Vesco might not be ready just yet, “There’s a good probability
I’ll do it again,” he said. But having a canine partner involves
more than just being given a dog. “It’s so much work,” Vesco
said. In addition to regular police work on his part, a dog
handler is responsible for a weekly certification workshop and
seminar for the dog, training classes, medical classes, and
liability classes. “On top of that — if you want to participate
— there’s the K-9 Olympics,” Vesco said. In 2001, he and Jag
came in second place overall.
'real good run' for Windsor police dog
Kristen J. Tsetsi, Journal Inquirer
- In providing more than a decade of service to his community,
Jagger suffered a brutal attack to his head, was nearly
strangled to death, proved instrumental in more than 300
arrests, and collected upwards of 15 awards and certificates for
his performance. Finally, at the ripe old age of 11, the German
Shepherd dual-purpose police dog, affectionately known as "Jag,"
is ready to retire. Rather, his handler, Patrolman Steven Vesco,
38, is ready to retire Jag - who's been sick off and on - for
medical reasons. "He'll probably get bored," Vesco said. "He'd
still do the job, but it's like putting a 77-year-old man out on
will be 12 next month, is a patrol/narcotics dog, so he's been
busy the past 10 years and 4 months specializing in drug
sniffing and evidence recovery, as well as in suspect
apprehension. The way Vesco tells it, Jag started small but
managed to work his way into increasingly life-threatening
In March of
2000, Jag received the Merit Award for assisting in the
apprehension of "a couple robbery suspects" who had been
"stealing car stereos and robbing people in the street," Vesco
said. "We sent Jag into the building, and he found a guy hiding
in a closet on the third floor," Vesco said.
later, Jag earned a Distinguished Service Citation from the town
of East Hartford for his role in another case, this one
involving a suspect who, Vesco believes, used the butt of a gun
to pound Jag's head. Repeatedly. "You could see something wrong
with one of his eyes," Vesco said, recalling the day he spotted
Jag backing out of an alleyway crawlspace. A bank robbery
suspect had hidden himself there, beneath a wooden and concrete
slab. When Vesco and others lifted the slab to expose the
suspect, "That's when we saw the gun just sitting there." Once
forced into the open, "It took 6 of us struggling with him after
that" to contain the man. Vesco said the man was high on PCP.
The worst, though, was a case in March 2006 involving a
6-foot-2, 300-pound mentally disturbed man. It took three
officers 38 minutes to wrestle him into submission. Jag was
initially sent in to engage the man and managed to get off a
bite to the chest. Unfortunately, proximity didn't work in Jag's
favor, and the man grabbed him and put him in a suffocating
chokehold. Officers struggled to free Jag for close to 40
minutes, Vesco said. They hit the man. They used their sticks.
Jag, too, struggled, kicking and squirming until "he was almost
dead," Vesco said. "He was at the brink of unconsciousness" when
the suspect released him. For that engagement, Vesco said, the
town of Windsor awarded Jag the Departmental Citation Award on
Oct. 18. Jim Cortina, director of the Connecticut Police Work
Dog Association where Jag was trained, said Jag has had "a real
good run." "If you get seven to eight years" out of a dog,
Cortina said, "that's the average." After retiring on Wednesday,
Jag will continue to live with Vesco, and whether the Police
Department - which currently has two canines (until Jag leaves)
- will get another dog is "up in the air," Vesco said. He
explained there are several determining factors the department
considers with respect to acquiring police dogs, including who
the dog's handler will be. The officer who handles the dog lives
with the dog. "And I already have a dog," Vesco said.
Police K-9 teams from across state attend memorial - 4/17/08 -
K-9 teams from across Connecticut attended a memorial service
April 12 for two of their comrades, deceased K-9s Jag and Valor
of the Windsor Police Department. Coming from far corners of the
state, such as Stratford and Ledyard, cruisers marked "K-9"
lined both sides of Broad Street.
honor processessional on each side of the central pathway of the
town green, K-9 teams with black bands across their badges lined
the central path of the town green.
Steven Vesco and Amy Fiano of the WPD carried the ashes of their
former K-9 partners along the honor processional and placed them
on a draped table where flower petals where strewn and next to a
headstone for Jag and Valor. Donated by the Ferraina family of
Windsor, the headstone will be placed outside the Public Safety
Complex. In memory, Vesco and Fiano saluted Jag and Valor. Both
Jag and Valor had been retired after many years of service to
Windsor. Jag died this year on March 26 and Valor died March 28,
memorial service for Jag and Valor also paid respect to the
dedication of all police K-9 handlers and the special bond
between officers and their K-9 partners. As well, the service
memorialized police K-9s that passed without eulogy because it
is rare for communities to host such a service. Serving as
master of ceremonies, Officer Christopher Moylan of the Enfield
Police Department K-9 unit indicated he hoped the memorial in
Windsor will encourage other towns to hold similar services.
this will have a domino effect," he said. WPD Detective Michele
Neary, who helped Moylan organize the service, read from a poem
written by Moylan, titled, "Heaven's Gate." An a cappella
rendition of "Amazing Grace" sung by Moylan's wife brought many
in the audience to tears.
Eric A. Rocheleau, of the West Hartford Police Department K-9
unit, praised Vesco and Fiano for the "spotless and
unbelievable" reputation of the Windsor police K-9 unit.
don't understand the bond an officer has with a K-9 partner,
working double shifts - they don't complain," said Rocheleau," t
he stress of putting them in harm's way, the thrill of the
capture." Rocheleau went on to talk about the emotions for
officers that are tied to retiring their K-9 partners and the
depth of sorrow that comes when they die. Captain Thomas LePore
of the WPD noted that Valor had been a Fidelco guide dog that
proved to be too social for service with that organization. "So,
Valor came to us," said LePore.
disposition made the canine ideal for community relations, and
Valor and Fiano became popular and much requested at school
events, said LePore. In addition, he said, Valor and Fiano were
well known in town and always welcomed while making their rounds
by local businesspeople. At the time Fiano was paired with Valor
in 1997, she was one of just a few female handlers in
Connecticut. Serving from 1997 to 2004, Valor and Fiano were
called out many times to search for subjects or drugs.
Captain Kelvan Kearse not only worked with Jag and Vesco in
Windsor but also as commander of the regional SWAT team. "He was
a pound dog," said Kearse. Yet, paired with Vesco from 1997 to
2007, Kearse said, Jag developed into a police K-9 that, in his
opinion, was "second to none." Kearse said Jag was trained to
such precision that he could be sent in pursuit by Vesco
yelling, "go get him," but stop immediately in front of a
suspect in a "bark and hold" position without biting, unless it
became absolutely necessary.
shared some humorous memories of Jag and Vesco, but said when it
came to police work, the two were always serious. Vesco and Jag
participated in hundreds of arrests and numerous physical
apprehensions, he noted. Jag matured into a police K-9 with
tracking skills so extraordinary, said Kearse, that once Jag and
Vesco were on a suspect's trail it was just a matter of waiting
to hear the inevitable message radioed in, "We got 'em." That
held true, noted Kearse, until Jag's last day on the job. "Jag's
presence will be missed," said Kearse. Addressing the group,
Vesco thanked many people, especially his wife and children and
the families of all K-9 team officers, for the sacrifice they
endure in the face of their loved one's long hours of training
and duty. If there is one piece of advice he could impart to
other officers, Vesco said it is "trust your dog."
Police Chief Kevin Searles said later that the memorial service
was important. "It is important to reinforce the values so
important to officers, to rekindle their sense of dedication to
duty and the dedication of all officers to the mission of
protecting the public," said Searles. As the ceremony came to a
close, each K-9 team came forward to salute the memory of Jag
and Valor. At Vesco's request, Officer Richard Boyle of the
Manchester Police Department K-9 unit read the poem "Guardians
of The Night." Author unknown, excerpts of the poem read: "Trust
in me my friend for I am your comrade. I will protect you with
my last breath when all others have left you And the loneliness
of the night closes in, I will be at your side. Together we will
conquer all obstacles, and search out those who might wish harm
to others. "For a time, we were unbeatable. Nothing passed among
us undetected. If we should meet again on another street, I will
gladly take up your fight, I am a Police Working Dog, and
together we are guardians of the night." **The complete text
of "Guardians of The Night" can be found on the Connecticut
Police Work Dog Association Web site.
Update: New Partner, K9 IKO
K9 Iko is
from Tiekerhook Kennels which is located in the Netherlands. He
was certified and started working with me in Oct. 08. Iko is
extremely loyal and is full of endless energy. He will be going
through narcotic training in the spring of 09.
March 20, 2008
Const. Dan Joly
( Canada )
Canine cop dies after surgery
Belleville police Const. Dan Joly has lost his partner. Jaeger,
a German shepherd police service dog, died last week after
complications following stomach surgery. "He was about
eight-and-a-half (years old)," said Joly, who had gone through
16 weeks of training with Jaeger from the outset of the dog's
career and worked with him since. "He was our service dog from
2002 until now."
Jaeger was only a month or two from retirement when he fell ill
suddenly. "It's a tough thing," he said. One dog works with one
handler, and the pair were a team. Police dogs are used in a
variety of ways, including sniffing out drugs, tracking missing
people and suspects from scent taken off clothing and other
items and helping out during drug raids. But Joly said he and
Jaeger really enjoyed meeting the public.
hundreds of appearances," the constable said, including at
schools and service clubs. "The people enjoyed seeing him. He
was always very good." Because Jaeger was near retirement, Joly
went through training with another German Shepherd, Diablo, and
that dog joined the service in August 2007. He is Joly's new
partner. But there was only one Jaeger and he and Joly had grown
as close as possible, a bond only a dog lover would understand.
"It's extremely difficult," Joly said of Jaeger's death.
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the Salt Lake City Police Department’s first bloodhound, was
diagnosed over a year ago with a malignant melanoma in his
mouth. He was handled by K9 Officer Mike Serio for almost nine
aggressive treatment in New York City, to not only save his
life, but also to prolong his career as a Police Service Dog.
J.J. and Officer Serio are responsible for the apprehension of
close to 300 wanted people during J.J.’s almost nine years of
service to the Police Department. Since he was first diagnosed
with cancer, J.J. has apprehended close to 50 suspects, with his
longest track reaching almost three miles. J.J. is one of three
bloodhounds to work with the Salt Lake City Police Department.
His handler pioneered the bloodhound urban tracking program in
Utah. Due to the success of this program, the Salt Lake City
Police Department has since added two more bloodhounds to their
K9 team. Since that time two other Salt Lake Valley agencies
have added bloodhounds to their K9 teams, and others are looking
to follow suit. K9 Officer Mike Serio appreciates the support
J.J. has received over the past year from the media and members
of the community. At this time he would appreciate his privacy.
the SLPD's criminal catching bloodhound dies of cancer
could be heard from blocks away, howling that he was on the
trail of a wanted criminal.
became his trademark, putting a wanted man on notice that the
Salt Lake City Police Department's infamous criminal catching
bloodhound was hot on his trail. In his storied 9-year career,
JJ had nearly 300 apprehensions. Officers are mourning the
death of the department's first-ever bloodhound, who died from a
rare and aggressive form of cancer that was first diagnosed in
late 2006. "JJ's health declined during the past couple of
weeks, and his handler recently discovered that his cancer had
returned," Salt Lake City Police detective Jeff Bedard said in a
statement Friday. "In the early morning hours of Thursday ... JJ
succumbed to his cancer." JJ was handled by Salt Lake City
Police Officer Mike Serio for the past nine years. Serio and JJ
pioneered the use of bloodhounds in urban environments in Utah.
Once, JJ tracked a wanted criminal for close to three miles. He
was also used to help find missing children. JJ's success led
Salt Lake City police to add two more bloodhounds to their K9
team. Two other Salt Lake-area police departments have also
adopted bloodhounds for use in law enforcement. To save the dog
and prolong his career as a police K9, JJ was sent to New York
City to undergo aggressive cancer treatments. Even after being
diagnosed with cancer, Salt Lake City police said JJ apprehended
nearly 50 suspects. Serio did not wish to comment publicly on
the death of JJ, police said. "K9 Officer Mike Serio
appreciates the support JJ has received over the past year from
the media and members of the community," Bedard said.
By Ben Winslow - Deseret Morning News
Published: Friday, March 14, 2008 2:44 p.m. MDT - E-mail:
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA