In Loving Memory
Handler: Brian S. Eveland
Exeter Township Police
In Loving Memory of
December 25, 2008
Handler: Officer Jamie Ralston
Marion Police Department
233 W Center St
(Marion Police patrolman,
Jamie Ralston puts police dog, Kody, through an agility exercise at the
F.O.B. training center on June 16, 2008 ..... Marion Star/ James
Kody and Officer
Ralston won awards in police K9 competitions and were widely recognized
as one of the finest K9 partner teams ...
Marion - K9 Kody, one of the two police
canines at the Marion city Police Department was euthanized on
Christmas Eve to end his suffering from cancer.
K9 Kody, 8 years old, assisted by his partner, Officer
Jamie Ralston, had a very successful and distinguished career. Kody joined the
department in 2000 and hit the streets with Officer Ralston after being
certified and trained in Evansville, Ind. He was the youngest dog in his
training class but soon proved to be a valuable asset to the MPD.
Kody had numerous memorable arrests and incidents. He once apprehended a burglar
by pushing him through a closed window. He also apprehended a burglar who had
stolen more than $100,000 and he also found the money that a thief had taken as
well. Kody also caught a murderer who fled a traffic stop where the victim was
found shot to death inside the car. These few cases explain why Kody and Officer
Ralston won awards in police K9 competitions and were widely recognized as one
of the finest K9 partner teams in the Midwest.
Kody was a great tempered dog. He was well known in the schools in Marion by the
students. He was also a huge hit with the children at the FOP's annual Cops and
Kids Day where children receive Christmas presents. Kody was there posing for
pictures with the kids only 12 days before his death.
The MPD has had a long history of outstanding police K9s. Officer Norm Ratterman
and his partner, Bullet, still patrol the streets of Marion but hope to continue
to be able to provide the same level of service to the citizens of the City of
Marion and Marion County by acquiring another police canine. The police
department budget does not allow for the purchase of another police K9 at the
time, the press release states, but the department is exploring every avenue to
be able to bring another top-notch police dog to Marion.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
City Officer, Canine Compete
Against The Best
City Police Patrolman Jamie Ralston and his canine Kody recently took 6th place
out of 48 participants in the United States Police Canine Association region 5
field trials held in West Chester, Ohio June 11th through the 13th. Four
different states sent team the event which certifies polices canines. The
canines are judged on their abilities to perform various actions that they would
use in typical street work.Patrolman Ralston and Kody finished 4th in obedience,
4th in suspect search, and 8th in criminal apprehension.Canine unit supervisor
Lt. Matt Bayles stated, “I am very proud of what Jamie and Kody were able to
accomplish at the USPCA trials this year.”Patrolman Norm Ratterman and his
canine Silver Bullet also competed in the competition. Jamie and Kody finished
just 13 points out of first place in the competition, which featured nationally
recognized teams.“4 of the 5 teams ahead of them were from the Cincinnati Police
team which won a recent National Championship,” Lt. Bayles said. “With a little
luck, he might have finished as the number one dog in a four state regional.”
Bayles concluded by saying, “The Marion City Police Department and the citizens
of Marion have a lot to be proud of.”
Loving Memory of
714-229-6600 - Fax: 714-229-8957
Karlo served the Cypress Police Department for four year - Karlo working
with Cypress Police Department SWAT)
Cypress K-9 dies at home
are mourning the death of "Karlo Sorex," a long coat German Shepherd who
helped fight crime for a half decade, Cypress Police Department Sgt. Tom
Bruce reported. The 12-year-old former police K-9 died at home Friday after
having retired from Cypress police more than four years ago, Bruce said
in a written statement. "Karlo" was born in Slovakia in October 1996 before
he migrated to the U.S. in January 1999. He and his handler Officer Scott
Fisher assisted SWAT, patrol officers and other law enforcement agencies
until Karlo's October 2004 retirement, Bruce reported. "Karlo" was also
cross trained as a narcotics detection canine and helped patrol officers,
detectives from the Special Enforcement Team, and outside law enforcement
agencies in locating illegal narcotics concealed by suspects, Bruce reported.
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
playful side of Karlo.
Loving Memory of
Officer Tom Price
North First Street
New Jersey 08232
police dog at center of custody suit, dies
The Pleasantville police dog at the center of a 2001 custody battle died
over the weekend. His former partner who fought to keep him was by his
side. Kye was just 5 years old when Officer Tom Price was transferred
off K-9 duty and then injured on the job in April 2000. The two had worked
- and lived - together for two years.
Price was told he could not even see the dog, he filed suit against the
city and Police Department to recover the costs incurred while he cared
for Kye. He later sued to take Kye home, citing the dog's hip problems.
Richard Gray, the police chief at the time, said the dog - who he said
was cleared for work by a veterinarian - was city property and would remain
in the department's K-9 kennel until Price's return or until the dog was
assigned a new partner.
activists railed against the dog's being holed up in a small kennel when
there was someone willing to take care of him.
chief said the city had put a lot of money into the dog, and that good
police dogs don't retire at 5 years old.
the city settled, allowing Kye to live with Price. The two, along with
two other dogs who have since died, lived together in Galloway Township.
Kye aged, pills taken for his hip dysplasia, a degenerative joint disease,
took their toll on his kidneys, friend April Van Daley said.
things started getting bad. A couple of weeks ago, he was no longer able
to walk on his own.
Daley asked Price to call her when it started to look like it was Kye's
time. Price called last week.
are you doing Friday?" he asked.
Daley went over. Kye, who hadn't been eating, got a boost from the visit.
ate for me," Van Daley said, a smile in her voice. "That dog got bacon,
filet mignon, chicken. He got the world that night."
next morning, Price took him to the vet. Kye had suffered long enough.
He died early Saturday morning.
Kye was trained as a tough police dog, Van Daley, who met him after his
early retirement, knew him only as a gentle dog.
called him my perfect little gentleman," she said. "He would take the food
so dainty from your hand."
hip condition got him another nickname, Van Daley recalled: "Pepe Le Pew."
named because Kye would move his back legs together, causing him to bounce
along like the well-known cartoon skunk.
lived a great life," Van Daley said of the dog, who roamed in an 8-acre
was because Kye's story went national - and many responded, she said.
all those who took the time to assist in the cause, a great many thanks
of appreciation," Van Daley said.
that Kye was loved and cared for, living out his life in the best fashion
any dog could have."
COHEN Staff Writer, 609-272-7257
Thursday, September 25, 2008
by Frank Brunetti PC-GEEK 609-892-7145, and Jim Cortina, Dir.
Loving Memory of
City Police Department
dog dies during pursuit
City Police Officer Frank Post with King Luther.
police dog was killed in the line of duty Tuesday night, hit by a police
cruiser during a pursuit that started after a shooting in Leicester, Rutland
City Police said. Details on the incident in Leicester were not available
from Vermont State Police as of 11 p.m., but city police said they had
a report of a white Cadillac Escalade headed toward Rutland and that State
Police were in pursuit. Sgt. David Schauwecker said Officer Earl Post was
setting out spike strips and King Luther, the dog, was in his car, when
one of the police cruisers hit the spike strips. “The dog heard the pop,
thought it was gunfire, came out of the car and was hit by an oncoming
police vehicle,” Schauwecker said. Schauwecker said King Luther had served
a year as a police dog. “He was an outstanding dog,” he said. “He will
be sorely missed.” Reports overheard on a police scanner indicated that
four to five men in a white Escalade with Connecticut license plates left
the scene of a shooting on Lake Dunmore Road, later robbing a couple on
Wheelerville Road, and abandoning the Escalade in favor of the couple’s
Chevrolet Cavalier. Police could be heard over the scanner describing a
pursuit along Route 4 to the border with New York State, where the car
hit a guard rail. Officers could be heard saying they had two men in custody
and another two men had fled into the woods.
Luther gets fond farewell
City Police Officer Frank Post, with a memorial wreath for his K-9 partner,
King Luther, who died after being struck by a State Police cruiser during
a pursuit on Tuesday night.
City Police lost one of their most loyal officers Tuesday night. In an
accident that marked the first death of a canine unit in the line of duty
to be recorded in Vermont, King Luther, the German shepherd partner of
Officer Frank Post, was struck and killed by a State Police cruiser during
the pursuit of four suspects allegedly involved in a shooting in Leicester
and a carjacking in Mendon. Luther's death also leaves the department without
a police dog temporarily.
was laying road spikes across North Main Street when Trooper Dan Hall accidentally
drove over the spike strip, deflating his tires. Hall lost control of his
cruiser and struck Luther, who died at the scene. Post said he commanded
Luther to stay in the cruiser when he parked the vehicle near Paul's Cleaners.
But the officer said he believes the dog thought he was wrestling with
an assailant when he was struggling to deploy the spikes. "He was doing
what he was trained to do," Post said. "He was trying to protect me."
death of his partner, pet, and proclaimed family member left Post and his
wife visibly shaken and emotional Wednesday. The pair fought off tears
while recalling a companion who spent the last year and one month working
and living with Post. "He was like a best friend and a child," said Post,
who has a 3-year-old son and two other dogs. "He went home with me every
night. He played with my wife, son and other dogs. He was a normal pet.
But when I took the work collar out or when he saw me getting dressed in
my uniform a change would come over him.
I went to work, he always had my back." While a certified member of the
force for less than a year, Luther answered 150 calls — a number higher
than most canine units see in a whole year, Post said. Trained in narcotics
tracking, Luther uncovered 16 grams of drugs in a house before he even
graduated from narcotics school in March and he successfully tracked down
several suspects after miles-long treks, his handler said. But it was his
devotion to his owner that touched Post the most.
officer recalled the dog saving him from a suspect who tried to take a
swing at him outside a Rutland bar earlier this year and last week, Luther
injured himself trying to get at a man who repeatedly lunged at his owner
from the back of Post's cruiser. Post said Luther was in a cage inside
his cruiser while he was transporting a suspect to jail last week. "He
was trying to force his way through the cage and he cut his nose and a
nail on his foot and strained his hind quarter," Post said.
he could be vicious in defense, Post said his partner was more often a
docile companion who was popular with children at public outings and loyal
to those he loved. When Post was called away for a week recently, Luther
spent the week waiting on the doorstep for his master to return. While
devastated by the loss, Post, who said he is taking a few days off from
work, said he doesn't blame Hall, with whom he spoke after the accident.
"I told him it's not his fault," he said. "I could see he had a blank stare
after the accident.
got to be hard on him but it was a sheer accident that could happen to
any of us at any time." The Rutland County Sheriff's Department is investigating
the accident, according to State Police Lt. David Notte. A memorial service
at the Canine Hall of Fame at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford is
scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday. Canine units, just like their human counterparts,
are eligible for awards and medals for meritorious service. While no honorary
medal exists for canines killed in the line of duty, Robert Ryan, coordinator
of the Police Academy's canine program, said he believes there should be
treating him just like any other fallen officer," Ryan said. He's not the
only one. On Wednesday, Rutland Public Works Department employees carved
a wooden profile of Luther that was planted in the ground next to the lonely
piece of road where the dog's body was found. On the pole, a paper police
shield was overlaid with a black band of mourning..
Killed in Chase Laid to Rest
first canine to be killed in the line of duty in Vermont was laid to rest
this morning. More than 100 police officers-- including 20 of the state's
38 police K9 teams-- turned out to pay their final respects to King Luther
at the K9 Hall of Fame at the State Police Academy in Pittsford. The Rutland
City police dog was killed Tuesday night during a police chase. Two of
the K9 units who eventually tracked down the suspects attended the ceremony.
King Luther had been on the Rutland force for less than a year, but had
already gained a lot of recognition for sniffing out drugs. "It's going
to be weird not having Luther. I've already called the new dog a couple
of times. I'll never replace him. Hopefully we can honor Luther, and be
as good as a team we can. And if we are better, it is just icing on the
cake," said Rutland City Police Officer Frank Post, King Luther's handler.
Police Get New K-9
police K-9 handler Frank Post is handling the loss of his partner and proclaimed
family member King Luther the only way he knows how: He's training a new
dog. Two days after Luther, a 3-year-old German shepherd who represented
the city's only active police dog, was killed during a high-speed pursuit
that crisscrossed Rutland County, Post and the department found a new German
shepherd that will begin training with Post at the Vermont Police Academy
"King Bricks" the 80-pound, 15-month-old shepherd was donated to the city
by two police officers living in Bridport. While still in mourning from
the loss of his partner, Post made it clear the day after Luther died that
he hoped to begin training a new dog as soon as possible. "It will be tough,
but it's what I want to do," he said. "I decided early on with Luther that
I wanted to finish my career as a police officer working with dogs." Bricks
comes from a long line of police dogs.
father "Scout" serves at the Franklin County Sheriff's Department while
his grandfather "Zeus" is a former police dog in Burlington. Normally,
Rutland police keep two canine units active. But the recent retirement
of "King Riley," whose successor "Otto," a Doberman pincher, won't begin
training until later this year, has left the department with no four-legged
support. City Police Chief Anthony Bossi and Rutland Mayor Christopher
Louras said they're anxious to see the vacant position filled. "I'd like
to have one on every shift," Louras said referring to the four police shifts
that rotate weekly.
canine units, he said, make other officers' lives safer by going into places
and situations that would be much riskier for their human counterparts.
The fear they put into suspects who might otherwise put up a fight also
spares officers undo injuries, he said. "They save a lot of potential workers'
compensation," he said. Since Luther's death, a number of people have offered
to donate money to the city to train a new dog and one anonymous source
— the same person who contributed $10,000 to the city to pay for police
overtime in February — offered to pay for the purchase of a new dog. That
offer proved unneeded since the dog was donated and Louras said he has
declined donations to train a new dog, which he expects will cost about
$7,500. "I assured people that there's no reason why private funds should
be used to ensure the continuation of a city service," he said, adding
that the city had the money to train the new dog within its contingency
finds no fault with VSP in K-9 death - 9/16/08
Rutland County Sheriff's Department investigation into an accident that
killed a Rutland police dog found no fault with the Vermont State Police
trooper driving the cruiser that struck the canine. "The results of this
investigation indicate that Trooper (Daniel) Hall did not operate his vehicle
in an inappropriate manner, was unable to see the K-9 run across his lane
of travel until the last second and therefore could not have avoided this
crash," RCSD Sgt. Rick Putnam wrote in a summary of his accident report.
"This was a tragic accident in every sense."
was called on to investigate the late night accident on Aug. 19 that killed
King Luther, the German shepherd partner of city Police Officer Frank Post.
The accident took place when Hall, who was in pursuit of another vehicle,
passed over a set of road spikes that Post had laid across the southbound
lane of North Main Street to stop the vehicle that Hall was searching for.
The SUV the two officers were pursuing had turned off Route 7 somewhere
north of Rutland Auto Works, where Post laid the spikes. The spikes deflated
one of Hall's rear tires, but the deflation wasn't the cause of the accident.
Putnam said in his report that Luther, who Post had ordered to stay in
his cruiser, had run into the road and the path of the oncoming cruiser.
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA, photo by Leo Porter & Vyto Starinskas
Loving Memory of
Handler: Sgt. Mario
S Arizona Blvd
(520)723-5311- Fax: (520)723-4016
PD loses dedicated K-9 officer
Coolidge Police Department lost a dedicated and loyal canine officer Monday,
June 23. Kaiser passed away due to congestive heart failure. He was the
first CPD canine officer to pass away while still in-service. Sick for
the last four weeks, partner Sgt. Mario Palacios noticed Kaiser had begun
to pant more than usual. Worried of dehydration, Sgt. Palacios asked fellow
canine people advice.
said several of them said that they often give their dogs a summer cut.
"So I gave him a summer cut and then worked him that night," Sgt. Palacios
said. After a few vehicle searches, he noticed that Kaiser was still very
lethargic. "So, we completed our tour and I took him home for the night."
to leave Kaiser home, Sgt. Palacios said he was out walking one day and
saw veterinarian Audie Woods of Coolidge Veterinary out cleaning her sidewalks.
"I told her my worries of Kaiser being dehydrated and weak," he said. "She
told me to bring him over to check him out. She took x-rays and pretty
much said he was dying in front of us."
lungs were full of fluid. This is what was causing the excessive panting.
Woods medicated Kaiser and Sgt. Palacios noted the medication was working.
Follow up x-rays revealed some of the fluid being removed, but Woods said
there were no guarantees. Kaiser spent his last three weeks at home in
his kennel at Sgt. Palacios' residence.
know, he was just like me. We'd get up, and we'd get ready for work," Sgt.
Palacios said. Kaiser and Sgt. Palacios were partners for 6 ½ years.
A Czechoslovakian Shepherd, Kaiser was purchased by CPD from a licensed
dealer at Tucson Night Winds Kennels. "When Lt. Shepherd and I first started
looking for a canine, we went to the Tucson kennel," he said. "There were
a bunch of different canines. We wanted to pick one that fit our needs.
tested a few for prey drive, to see if they stayed on that location. He
had a very good prey drive." Working with canine units for the last nine
years, Sgt. Palacios said he had never been a handler prior to Kaiser.
Sgt. Palacios and Kaiser underwent eight weeks of training together at
the Arizona Department of Corrections K-9 Academy in Tucson on April 30,
2002. Kaiser was certified in both narcotics detection and in patrol techniques.
And Sgt. Palacios was certified as a service dog handler.
first, he was just a work dog," he said. "But later on in our career, then
he turned into a partner. I relied on his senses. Kaiser was the first
to go into clear a building and helped with other agency assist." Sgt.
Palacios had to learn a different language in the process because all of
Kaiser's commands were given in German. "You know, they have no fear,"
Sgt. Palacios said of canine officers. "They do whatever they can do to
please their partner, for that praise and good boy command.
put their lives on the line for officers and for the community." Noting
what a big part of his life Kaiser became, he also said that he began to
have no fear because he knew he had Kaiser right there with him. "He never
told me no," he said. "I'll miss knowing I have him there by my side. He
did a lot for education. Not a lot of people know a lot about service dogs."
Noting what a versatile dog he really was, he also said that Kaiser could
clear a building much faster then even a two-man officer team.
was an officer. He had his state certification through ALECA (Arizona Law
Enforcement Canine Association), and he had his badge," he said. Kaiser
and Sgt. Palacios went through continued training every year. Sgt. Palacios
also noted their weekly training at the Pinal County Sheriff's Office K-9
Unit. Noting the first time he took Kaiser's collar, he laughed that Kaiser
bit him. "I thought, we're not going to get along," he said. But he added
that Kaiser only bit him four or five times in their more than six years
occurred only a few times during training when Kaiser was wound up during
training. "He gave it his all," Sgt. Palacios said. "The day before he
passed away, he was still trying to play fetch with me. Your canine partner
does so much for you over time. They become a partner, and no longer a
tool." Used mostly for vehicle searches, clearing scenes and narcotics,
Sgt. Palacios did say Kaiser had three "bites" in his career.
first was an assist in Twilight Trails when a guy was under the influence,"
he said. "He was welding two knives, one in each hand at officers. So,
I gave the commands for him to stop or I would release my canine. He didn't
stop, so I released Kaiser and he got the bad guy." The second was a DPS
assist. Noting that a vehicle had failed to yield near Picacho, the vehicle
was headed toward Coolidge. Palacios smiled and said, "Well, we won. Three
guys bailed out. We are trained to target the driver.
I aimed Kaiser at the target and he apprehended the driver." The third
bite was during a robbery at Dollar General on Arizona Boulevard. "The
luck of this guy, he ran right in front of a canine unit," Sgt. Palacios
said. "I told him to stop or I would deploy my canine. So, he doesn't stop
and he runs across San Carlos Park. I deployed Kaiser. He barrels down
and tackles the guy." Noting that a canine can only be deployed when the
incidence is a felony, he also said that the canines are trained to bite
and hold the suspect until the officer arrives. "They usually only get
a few puncture wounds," he said. Kaiser was around 2 years old when he
became Sgt. Palacios' partner. He was 8 ½ years old when he passed
away. A memorial will be hosted at the CPD. Lt. Roger Stinson stated that
Kaiser was a very loyal and dedicated officer and he will be greatly missed.
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
S. Weber River Drive
police dog euthanized due to cancer
first and only dog to serve Riverdale police has died. Koda, a 6-year-old
German shepherd, was acting sluggish this week, so his handler took him
to a veterinarian. Police say Koda underwent surgery to see what was wrong
and doctors found cancerous tumors throughout his stomach. The dog was
euthanized and buried Thursday at Ogden's pet cemetery. The Riverdale Police
Association is planning to install a monument at the grave. Officer Brandon
Peterson, who was Koda's handler, says the dog was responsible for dozens
of apprehensions in four years with the department. Peterson says Koda
was also a good incentive to get suspects to surrender without running
or putting up a fight.
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
Handler: Joel Baugh
is with great sadness that I inform you of Kuma’s passing. Kuma retired
in December of 2005 and has led a very happy and healthy life with our
family since his retirement. Kuma was in excellent health when he retired
and never missed a day of work. He began his career with the Sheriff’s
Department in 1999 and had hundreds of apprehensions to his credit as well
as countless public appearances.
weeks ago, I took Kuma to Sunset Animal Medical Center for a routine check
of his hips. As Kuma aged,
developed some minor hip issues relating to his work for the Sheriff’s
Department such as scaling fences and climbing in and out of attics. As
it was a routine check, I was shocked when my vet called to report that
Kuma was bleeding internally from his spleen area. Apparently it had just
started the day I took him in for the hip exam. The doctor explained that
spleen issues are common to German Shepherds and she indicated that the
bleeding may or may not be related to cancer. Emergency surgery was needed
to stop the bleeding and save his life that day.
came through the surgery with flying colors and was soon home with our
family spending time in his favorite spot by the pool. The next week I
received the news that the spleen was cancerous. The doctor told us that
we had somewhere between 4 weeks and 6 months left with Kuma, but stated
that he would be pain free and happy during this time and this was
found to be true.
Saturday morning the 24th of May, Kuma was not able to get off his dog
bed. I immediately took him back to Sunset Animal Medical Center and my
worst fears were realized. The cancer had migrated to his liver and he
was again bleeding internally. Kuma was given pain medication and was made
at home on a large dog bed in the surgery center. Doctor Arbios and all
the staff were outstanding. They treated Kuma, Heidi and myself like members
of their own families. Kuma received much love and attention and
was happy and content all morning. He passed into the great police dog
heaven at noon.
the outstanding medical care provided for Kuma was funded by the Sacramento
Sheriff’s Canine Association (SSDK9.com). We formed the association to
help pay for the medical and burial costs of our retired dogs that the
county would not cover. Kumas’s medical issues were a prime example
of what this money is intended. Without the initial surgery we would never
had know if the illness was cancer related and we would have lost Kuma
that day. We would like to thank all the generous individuals and businesses
that have donated to the canine association over the years.
will be a short memorial service for Kuma on Tuesday, June 3rd at East
Lawn Cemetery on Greenback Lane. The service will be at the Garden of Valor
at 1:00 PM. Many of our local police service dogs are interred there.
If you worked with Kuma over the years or would like to show support for
the canine detail you are welcome to attend the service. This is not an
official Sheriff’s Department function.
TO BE HELD 6/3/08 - By Joel Baugh K92 - Submitted
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
Hill Police Department
Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Hill, NC 27514 - (919) 932-2984
Hill police dog KC dead at 7
Gabe Shinn was partners with Police K-9 "KC" for five years.
Chapel Hill police dog KC has died of cancer after five-year career of
fighting crime, a "saddened" police department announced today. "Early
Friday, KC began experiencing breathing difficulty and was found to be
in the late stages of cancer," the department said in a statement. KC was
seven years old and had been the faithful partner of Officer Gabe Shinn
for the last five years, the statement said. A donation from the town's
Kiwanis Club of Chapel Hill made possible KC's purchase. submitted
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
29, 2003 ~ February 20, 2008
North 6th St.
The first to sense the hostility of a suspect,
The first to react to protect his master.
The first to enter where danger lurks.
The first to detect the hidden intruder.
The first to take action against violence.
The first to sense his master's joy.
The first to know his master's sorrow or fear.
The first to give his life in defense of his master.
The last to be forgotten by those who work with others like him.
They know him as a "Partner," not just an animal.
Police Department mourns sudden death of K9 Kwando
K-9 Kwando, the partner of Officer Ron Dombkowski, passed away this evening
after a brief illness, according to a release from the Lafayette Police
Department. Kwando was a very valuable and effective
of the Lafayette Police Department and the department mourns his loss,
the release states.
was responsible for numerous felony arrests and apprehensions and was a
vital part of the
drug enforcement efforts. "He was more than a law enforcement "tool" and
was an extremely smart and talented member of the LPD family. He will be
dearly missed," the release states. K-9 Kwando suffered a minor injury
in the past weeks that resulted in a slight limp. He was taken out of police
service to give him time to heal and be treated. During this period of
time he became ill and the cause of the illness is as yet undetermined.
The illness affected his normal demeanor and Dombkowski recognized that
Kwando was ill and transported him to an emergency animal treatment center
on Saturday evening. On Monday morning Kwando was transferred to the Purdue
Veterinary Small Animal Hospital Clinic and was admitted to the ICU with
complicated conditions including kidney failure. Kwando received care from
nationally recognized veterinarian staff at Purdue. Unfortunately, his
condition continued to decline over the past few days and at approximately
7:45pm this evening he passed away. Kwando came to LPD in September 2005
from Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana. He was a Belgian Malinois
from the Netherlands and was born August 29, 2003. The LPD K-9's are housed
by their handlers, cared for daily by their handlers, trained by their
handlers, "Work in a dangerous profession with their handlers, and are
part of the handler's family, "The loss of a partner this close is very
difficult to bear and the department's sympathies go out to Officer Dombkowski
and his family." submitted by Jim Cortina
handler remember K-9 - 3/6/08 - Indiana
Dombkowski, of the Lafayette Police Department, receives a handler's leash
from David Hughes during a ceremony Wednesday honoring the passing of Kwando.
Dombkowski's police dog recently died.
police officers choked back tears, and grown men hugged. "He was not only
my partner, but my best friend and my son," said Lafayette K-9 officer
Ron Dombkowski. Kwando, Dombkowski's canine partner of about 21/2 years,
died unexpectedly in February. Friends, area police officers and K-9 units
from as far away as Monticello gathered Wednesday at Lafayette City Hall
to honor the 4-year-old Belgian Malinois. "It's a second marriage," Jim
Knogge, a former Otterbein K-9 officer, said about the relationship between
a handler and his animal partner. A necropsy was performed shortly after
Kwando's death, but the results are not back yet, Dombkowski said after
the ceremony. Before his death, Kwando had kidney problems. During the
ceremony, Lafayette Deputy Police Chief David Payne took a moment to thank
Dombkowski's wife, Crystal, for the sacrifices she made. "You had to worry
each working night about two of your loved ones out on the street," Payne
said. Dombkowski focused on a lighter moment: The night Kwando made a name
for himself. Dombkowski and Kwando had been together for about eight months
when the two initiated what seemed to be an unremarkable traffic stop on
Lafayette's north end. Dombkowski found knives on the driver after asking
the man to step out of the vehicle. On the passenger, he noticed a suspicious
bulge, and the man took off running. "This guy was losing us like he was
a gazelle," Dombkowski said. That's when Dombkowski hit the remote button
to lower the window on his squad car and release Kwando. But the dog took
off at full speed toward the driver, who was seated peacefully on the curb.
Dombkowski shouted, and Kwando changed course, overcame the suspect's considerable
lead and brought the man down by his posterior. Officers found marijuana
hidden in the man's pants. At the end of the ceremony Wednesday, Dombkowski
walked to a squad car carrying the ashes of Kwando as bag pipes played.
The Lafayette Police Department plans to get another dog to replace Kwando,
but Dombkowski isn't sure if he'll be the one to handle the new animal.
"It's the best job in the world," Dombkowski said, "but it takes a lot
out of you when something like this happens."
UP Apr. 08 - 08 - Meet K9 Tommy, (Bel Mal)
K9 joins LPD - Updated: April 20, 2008 06:03 AM - LAFAYETTE, IN by
Lafayette Police Department has a new K9 on the force. Lafayette Police
officer Ron Dombkowski's dog Kwando died in February from health problems.
He received a new dog on Friday. He is a 1 1/2 year old Belgian Malinois
named Tommy. Dombkowski says he chose Tommy because of his temperament
and tracking abilities. The dog is from the Netherlands. Officer Dombkowski
gives his commands in Dutch. The K9 will be ready to start work after 5
weeks of training. "There are a total of 11 dogs in our county. They get
utilized quite a bit," said Dombkowski. "They have had an impact on the
drug market here in the Lafayette area in taking drugs off the street and
tracking down criminals and apprehending them. They also help apprehend
people who flee the scene of the crime. But, their main job in Lafayette
is for narcotic detection." It costs about $11,000 for
the dog and training. Money for that was provided by the Tippecanoe County
prosecutor's office. Funds recovered in drug forfeitures has been used
to buy several dogs in the Lafayette area. Some organizations
are trying to raise enough money to buy a fourth dog for the Lafayette
Police Department. For more information or to donate call (765) 807-1200.
Loving Memory of
Jan or Feb 2008
County Sheriff's Office
E. Hawthorne Road
fatal shooting of an aged, retired patrol dog by his Alachua County Sheriff's
deputy owner has prompted a new policy to prohibit any future similar incidents.
Sheriff Sadie Darnell said Deputy Tom Willcox did not violate any laws
by shooting his dog Kozar, is anguished over the fallout from the incident
and will continue working. But Darnell added she has implemented a new
policy that requires deputies who adopt their retired dogs to have them
euthanized by a drug injection.
cares and respects Kozar and his current dog. He was raised on a farm and
his perspective is that to put suffering animals down, you shoot them,"
Darnell said Monday. "The dog was 13, old for a German shepherd. He was
deaf, he was going blind, he was having difficulty standing and walking.
The deputy admitted to me today that he probably waited longer than he
should have, but he just couldn't let him go because he cared for him and
loved him so much."The shooting has upset some other K-9 officers and animal
advocates who say the dog's death was without dignity and showed bad judgment
for a dog handler.
who work with animals, including local trainer Pepe Peruyero, a former
Gainesville Police K-9 officer, said shooting the dog was not justified.
Critics said the method can cause fear and pain. There is also the chance
that the animal may not die immediately. "I am absolutely just appalled
by it. Whether somebody wants to say there is no criminal violation, it
is ethically and morally wrong," said Peruyero, owner of J&K Canine
Academy. "This is a dog that dedicated seven years of its life to the community.
It is incumbent on that deputy that when the time comes to euthanize that
dog, to do it in a manner which is dignified. I've talked to K-9 handlers
and trainers from coast to coast since this thing happened and not one
can even fathom doing this."
did not respond to a request for an interview made through the Sheriff's
Office. Darnell, however, said he shot the dog because he wanted to end
its suffering and that was the method with which he was familiar. Darnell
said Willcox put padding on his arm that is used in police dog training
"because he wanted Kozar's last memory to be one of doing what he loved
and thrived on." Kozar weakly bit Willcox's arm and was shot once in the
head with a small-caliber gun, she said.
K-9 deputy, Lloyd O'Quinn, was with Willcox at the time, Darnell said.
The unit has one sergeant and seven deputies. Darnell said her new policy
is in effect now, adding that she understands the concerns of community
members who are upset by the shooting. Joy Drawdy, long active in local
animal issues, said this case should have been investigated as an animal
cruelty case. She said if someone called authorities to report seeing a
neighbor kill his dog, an investigation would be done.
added that it is stated policy by animal organizations such as the Humane
Society of the United States that shooting an animal as euthanasia should
be a method only of last resort. "Shooting a dog is not humane euthanasia.
This guy didn't know that?" she said. "It's an unnecessary risk. If you
miss, it can be a very horrible, painful death. There is no reason to take
that chance." Willcox has worked with the Sheriff's Office since 2000 and
has been a K-9 officer since 2003. His current police dog is Jet. Darnell
said Willcox is an excellent handler and that he will continue to be in
the K-9 unit.
is not unusual for handlers to keep retired police dogs as pets, said Russ
Hess, director of the U.S. Police Canine Association. Agencies typically
do not have policies regarding how a retired police dog should be euthanized
when it is needed because the dog is no longer owned by the agency and
it no longer wants liability involving the dog, Hess said. "This kind of
incident may have happened before, but I've never heard of it. But I'm
not going to second-guess the officer," Hess said. State Attorney's Investigator
Spencer Mann said the incident is not illegal because Willcox did not intend
to commit a crime. Peruyero said police dogs are sometimes shot in the
field when they are so gravely injured that they will not survive and are
suffering. Both Hess and Peruyero said officers typically have their dogs
euthanized by a veterinarian.
submitted by Jim
Alachua County veterinary clinics have agreed to euthanize retired police
dogs for free after an incident involving a retired K-9. Investigators
said Kozar, a police dog who served on the force for about seven years,
was shot in the head by his owner because the dog was sick. Police said
in happier days, Kozar's keen senses were an invaluable service to the
police force. "The dog served a very positive utility in our profession,"
said Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell. She said Kozar's owner, an officer
on the force, shot and killed the 13-year-old dog because growing up on
a farm, the officer thought shooting the sick dog was an acceptable way
of putting him down. "It's not to say the that the deputy who shot his
pet did anything wrong. The shooting method is an accepted method under
the Humane Society," Darnell said. "There recommendation is always chemical
euthanasia performed by a licensed vet if at all possible," said Becky
Goodman, of Alachua County Humane Society. In the wake of Kozar's shooting,
nine veterinarians in Alachua County agreed to euthanize retired police
dogs for free to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
According to the sheriff, Kozar's owner put on a padded sleeve often used
when training police dogs and let Kozar bit down on the pad before he shot
him because he wanted the dog's last memory to be of something he loved.
by Bobby E. Earls, FL
Loving Memory of
Deputy Sean Pursifull
Bell County Sheriff's
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teenagers were charged with murder yesterday after they led police on a
high-speed chase in southeastern Kentucky and hit a parked sheriff's department
cruiser, killing the deputy and police dog inside, authorities said. "That
happens so often. The bad guys walk away ... too many times," said Bell
County Sheriff Bruce Bennett, pausing to brush back tears. "Of course,
these are young people. But still, they are murderers now." The driver
left an Exxon station in Baxter without paying for $38 worth of gas at
12:35 a.m., authorities said. Police followed the car at least 10 miles
west on U.S. 119, into neighboring Bell County.
State Police said two state troopers attempted to stop the speeding driver
on the winding highway.
teens' car veered over the center line at a slight curve in the wet, two-lane
road and hit the deputy's cruiser, which was parked on the shoulder waiting
to join the pursuit. Sheriff's Deputy Sean Pursifull, 31, and his dog King,
a 5-year-old German shepherd, were killed, authorities said. Authorities
estimated the teenagers were traveling "well over 100 miles per hour when
they left the road," Bennett said. There were no skid marks or other indications
that the teens ever braked. When Bennett arrived just minutes after the
crash, Pursifull, whom he had known since he was a boy, was unresponsive.
Still, the sheriff held the deputy's hand for a half-hour as officers worked
around them. The sheriff said he hoped he was able to comfort Pursifull
as he died, but he wasn't sure. "I told him to squeeze my hand, and I felt
like he did a little bit. But he never spoke," the sheriff said. "We will
never know." The 17-year-old driver is from New Castle, Delaware, and the 16-year-old
passenger is from Chester County, PA, said state police Trooper Walt Meachum.
Neither was seriously hurt.
did not identify the suspects or say why they were in southeastern Kentucky.
were released from a hospital and lodged in the Adair County Juvenile Detention
Center on charges of murder of a police officer and assault on a service
animal. Jerry W. Garland, owner of the Exxon Friendly Mart where the teenagers
allegedly stole gas, said he's perplexed about how they did it because
the station requires customers to pay either at the pump or inside. "Somehow
they got around that," Garland said. "That does happen from time to time."
Pursifull "died doing what he loved to do," his wife, Melonie Horne Pursifull,
said. "That was his life." Pursifull left two daughters, ages 7 and 11.
The older was born the year he became a policeman in Pineville. He had
been a sheriff's deputy five years. Bell County Judge-Executive Al Brock
said, "It's just a tragedy on multiple levels. This was a $38 tank of gas
-- that's what this boils down to."
knew him well. He was a fine young man," Brock said of the deputy.
and his dog made up the K-9 unit at the 25-man sheriff's department.
was really dedicated to his job. One of the best officers I ever worked
with. He was an excellent canine officer," said Sgt. Tom Busic, a K-9 officer
from the Middlesboro Police Department who trained with Pursifull.
writers Samira Jafari in Pikeville and Rose French in Nashville, TN, contributed
to this report.
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deputy killed in crash is laid to rest Del., Pa. teens are charged with
GREG KOCHER, (Lexington, Ky.) Herald-Leader Posted Monday, January
Deana Pursifull leans over the casket of her husband, Sean, with daughters
Victoria, in a jacket with "Sheriff" on the back, and Franki, during Sunday's
funeral service. They also patted Deputy Pursifull's K-9 dog, King, in
his own casket. The two were laid to rest side by side at a cemetery about
25 miles from Pineville, Ky. (Lexington, Ky.) Herald-Leader/PAUL
worked side by side, and they were laid to rest side by side. A joint funeral
was held Sunday for a Bell County sheriff's deputy and his drug-search
dog. More than 500 uniformed police, firefighters and emergency medical
technicians filed by the two rose-covered caskets. The black casket held
Deputy Sean Pursifull, 31; the silver one, his German shepherd, King. "Basically,
you had a funeral for two police officers today," said Trooper Walt Meachum,
spokesman for the Harlan state police post. Pursifull and the dog died
when a car rammed into a parked cruiser during a high-speed police chase
early Thursday after a gas station drive-off. Two teens, David Poppiti,
17, of Holloway Terrace near New Castle, who was driving, and Eric Gerren,
16, of Lincoln University, Pa., have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder
and assault of a service animal. A gun was found in their car after the
crash. Prosecutors hope to have the teens charged as adults and have their
case transferred to circuit court, where they could face stiffer penalties.
A hearing on that issue is scheduled for Jan. 31. During the funeral at
the Bell County High School gymnasium, the Rev. David Peters, chaplain
of the Pineville Police Department, said Pursifull and King were examples
to others. Peters said Pursifull had a "let's go" attitude for whatever
task he faced. "He poured his whole heart into that uniform," Peters said.
"He was willing to pay the ultimate price." The teens allegedly drove off
from a Harlan County gas station without paying for $37.95 worth of gas.
State police called ahead to Bell County for assistance and Pursifull responded.
But as Poppiti approached Pursifull, he veered across the road and broadsided
the deputy's car, state police said. "I can't help but think that had that
pursuit not stopped with Sean, it may have stopped later with one of our
children," Peters said. "If you were to ask Sean right now, he would rather
it had stopped with him." And because of King's drug-detecting ability,
"the drug problems in this school significantly dropped," Peters said.
Together the deputy and dog made 69 arrests in three years, Peters said.
Just before the caskets were closed for the final time, Pursifull's wife,
Melonie Deana Horn Pursifull, and young daughters, Victoria Alexis and
Franki Seantae, went up to his casket. They also went to King's casket
and petted the dog's head and fur. Pursifull and King were buried side
by side at the Fuson family cemetery about 25 miles from Pineville. More
than 900 people, including Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, attended the hour-long
service. Police departments from Lexington, Bowling Green, Maysville, Bardstown
and many other communities were represented. Several canine units brought
their dogs to the funeral, and the officers and dogs lined up at the cemetery
as the two caskets were carried to their final resting places.
the canine officers was Darrell Mongar of the Campbell County Sheriff's
Department in Northern Kentucky. He brought his dog, K-9 Rooke, a Dutch
shepherd. "Rooke is my partner and we've been together 6 1/2 years," Mongar
said. "It would kill me to lose him. ... He's always ready to go to work.
He never takes a sick day. "The saddest part to me is watching the family,"
Mongar said. "The ones left behind is what's sad to me. It's sad that this
all had to come about because two kids were acting stupid."
Misdemeanor Unauthorized use and missing person report (per TNJ).
Misdemeanor theft of service.
Gun issue is a non-issue because there is no indication that the gun was
used, and was not discovered until after the accident (which I am sure
will lead to an additional Felony charge). Under Title 11 ss 853 Unauthorized
use is a class A misdemeanor.
September 2009 - addition:
Memorial dedicated to K-9's
The first memorial
dedicated to K-9's killed in the line of duty is now up in Pineville
The first memorial dedicated to
K-9's killed in the line of duty is now up in Pineville. On January
10th, 2008, Bell County Sheriff's Deputy Sean Pursifull and his K-9,
King, were killed after Pursifull's cruiser was hit by two teens
running from police. King was the first K-9 to be killed at the same
time as his handler. "They were inseparable. They were together at
all times. Sean wasn't on duty unless King was with him," Bruce
Bennett, from the Bell County Sheriff's Office, said. Most
K-9's share special bonds with their handlers. "That's my kid. He's
just like one of my children," Carl Frith, with the Bell County
Sheriff's Office, said.
Carl Frith was Pursifull's best friend at the Sheriff's office. He
became a K-9 officer as a tribute to his fallen friend. "When that
happened to Sean, I knew they'd need a new K-9. I knew that he'd be
wanting me to do it," Frith said. This new monument in Pineville is
dedicated to K-9's killed in the line of duty, with a special
tribute to King. "We're very proud to have it here. We wish that
there was no need to have a monument, but the fact that we have one,
we're proud of that," Bell County Judge Executive Albey Brock said.
Frith says even though his K-9, Canto, is a part of his family,
there will never be another dog like King.
"People say you can replace a dog, but you can't replace a life.
Well, this dog is one of the best I've seen, but he's no King,"
Frith said. Sheriff Bennett says he hopes no more names will have to
added to this special memorial. The monument is the first of its
kind in the state. In all, seven K-9's have been killed in Kentucky,
and all are honored on the monument.
by Jim Cortina & Dawn Lanham