In Loving Memory
July 2, 2008
Handler: Officer Tom Dermody
Matteson Police Department
20500 S Cicero Ave
Matteson cops mourn
death of police dog
That's all teary-eyed
Matteson police officer Tom Dermody could say, speaking from his cell phone
Thursday on his way to pick up Lobo's ashes from a pet crematory in Lockport.
Lobo, a 9-year-old German shepherd, was an eight-year veteran of the Matteson
Police Department's canine unit. He died suddenly Wednesday after emergency
surgery stemming from a flipped stomach. He was the only dog on the Matteson
force, handled and cared for at work and also at home by Dermody, who lives in
"Everybody's gonna miss
him," Sgt. Michael Black said. "It's hard to lose an animal." Dermody said Lobo
was a "whole different dog" at home. He was playful, fetching balls and toys in
the back yard with Dermody's two young sons on a regular basis. He even had his
own room in the basement that Dermody built for him. But, like the flip of a
switch, when it was time for work, it was time for work. Playtime was over,
Dermody said, and Lobo knew it."He just loved his job as a canine," Black said.
Dermody said that in the
morning, Lobo would sit by the squad car, anxiously awaiting a day's work
fighting crime. Lobo did his job exceptionally well, too, Black said. Once
during a police chase, Lobo was able to detain a suspect with a knife - saving
that dangerous task from his human co-workers. Also, during an elaborate search
involving other dogs, Lobo found an armed robber hiding under a porch in Country
Club Hills. In 2004, Dermody and Lobo received the Outstanding Achievement Award
from the North American Police Work Dog Association after making seven felony
arrests in a two-and-a-half month period.
"(Lobo and Dermody) have
been a solid working team for a number of years," said Joliet police officer
Bert Badertscher, president of the Illinois chapter of the association.
Badertscher said bloat and other stomach emergencies are a common cause of death
for many dogs, including but not limited to dogs that work as police officers.
He said it's rare that police dogs are lost either in the line of duty or even
while they are employed as cops, as most end up making it to retirement.
But, he said, just a year
and a half ago, a Countryside dog was lost in the line of duty - shot during a
police chase. Black said there are plans to have a commemorative plaque of Lobo
at the police station. Matteson's last dog, named Wanko (pronounced "bonko"),
also was handled and cared for by Dermody. Wanko died in 2000.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA, photo submitted byM.
In Loving Memory of
May 27, 2008
Handler: Deputy J.P.Melton
Spokane County Sheriff's Office
Public Safety Building
1100 West Mallon
In Loving Memory of
February 24, 2008
Deputy Jason Allen
Hillsborough Sheriff's Department
2008 E. 8th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605
14102 N. 20th Street
Tampa, FL 33613
Phone: (813) 247-8000
Sheriff's K9 struck
and killed after escaping from kennel
County Sheriff's Office K9 German shepherd named Lobo was found
in the northbound lanes
of Interstate 75 -
just north of the Gibsonton Drive exit about 9:48 a.m.
Sheriff's K9 was hit by a car and killed Sunday after it escaped from a kennel
where it was being boarded, according to spokesman J.D. Callaway. Lobo, a
3-year-old German Shepherd, died on I-75 just north of Gibsonton Drive just
before 10 am. Lobo was being boarded at the Boyette Animal Hospital while his
handler, Deputy Jason Allen, was out of town.
Callaway says Lobo somehow
got out of the kennel, then jumped a 7-foot fence. Someone spotted the dog 4
a.m. near U.S. 301 and Boyette Road, and reported it to the authorities after
seeing the Sheriff's badge around his neck. A wide search failed to turn up the
Lobo, a drug detention
dog, had helped in the seizure of many narcotics, according to Sheriff's
He had been a Sheriff's K9
for about a year and a half.
A Hillsborough County
Sheriff's Office dog opened a door and climbed fences to escape a private
boarding kennel before being hit by a car and killed this morning. The sheriff's
office K9 German shepherd named Lobo was struck by a driver heading north on
Interstate 75 just north of the Gibsonton Drive exit about 9:30 a.m.
Lobo was staying at the
Boyette Animal Hospital at 10931 Boyette Road while his handler, Deputy Jason
Allen, was out of town. The dog traveled about two miles before being hit. Lobo
"outsmarted" barriers designed to keep him in the kennel, said sheriff's Lt.
Kyle Cockrean. The dog managed to open a door and scale several fences,
including one 6 feet tall. The head of the department canine unit was surprised
that Lobo was able to get out, Cockrean said. "Most people would probably tell
you that can't be done by a dog," he said.
A driver hit Lobo when the
dog darted into the highway, Cockrean said. The driver was highly upset
by the accident. He and
other motorists stopped to help the dog but Lobo died on the scene.
The investigation is being
handled by the sheriff's office traffic homicide unit. By law, Lobo
was considered a law
enforcement officer. Investigators also will return to question kennel workers
who worked Saturday night
to be sure all procedures were followed. The 3-year-old dog
was last seen about 5 a.m.
near a CVS store at U.S. Highway 301 and Boyette Road,
with a sheriff's office
star hanging from his collar. Members of the department's canine unit went
to the kennel to verify the escaped dog belonged to the department. The
department then started a large search for the missing dog. Lobo had been part
of the department's canine section for nearly two years
and specialized in drug
detection. The dog helped the sheriff's office bust what investigators
said was a marijuana
smuggling operation bringing pot to Florida from Arizona in a horse trailer.
Lobo alerted deputies to the presence of marijuana in a U-haul truck where the
marijuana had been moved.
The sheriff's office
recovered 900 pounds of marijuana at house north of Plant City on Feb. 17.
Lobo's handler will have the
dog cremated tomorrow. "That's the worst kind of call you can get
as a canine handler,"
submitted by Jim
Cortina, Dir. CPWDA & Reported by:
Chad Cookler Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Loving Memory of
January 25, 2008
Officer Dave Dubiel
West Hartford Police Department
103 Raymond Road
West Hartford, CT
Phone (860) 523-5203
FAX: (860) 523-2178
It is with deep sadness
that I announce the passing of Retired Police Service Dog Luke of the West
Hartford Police Department. Luke was put to sleep last night after sudden
complications from illnesses common with old age. He would have been 13
years old in March. For those that do not know, Luke was West Hartford
PD's third K9 and served as my devoted and faithful partner with distinction
from 1996-2005. My appreciation and special thanks goes out to the many
people that cared about Luke and our success as a team, helped and trained us
along the way, and supported us through our successes and tribulations over the
years - you know who you are - I will never forget. Respectfully, Dave
Dubiel - Sgt. David Dubiel and K-9 Luke were the winners of the prestigious
Daniel Wasson Memorial K-9 Award in 2002.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA