Memorials to Fallen K-9s
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In Loving Memory of
April 30, 1998 - March 2008
Handler:  Officer Frank Romano
California Highway Patrol

Rexx was born in the town of Putten, Gelderland Province, Netherlands. He was brought to the United States and purchased by the California Highway Patrol on September 6th 2000. Rexx graduated from the Police Service Dog Patrol School on October 13th 2000 and from Narcotics Detection Dog School on November 10th 2000. Rexx was then deployed to the road where throughout his career he has assisted in seizing over $4 million in narcotics and over $1 million in asset forfeiture. Rexx also assisted in apprehending numerous suspects mostly by psychological deterrent or by force. Rexx was considered one of the most courageous and admired canines in the Western Sates Police Canine Association. Admirers, Judges, and other Competitors would love to watch him compete. Agitators were amazed at his speed, strength, and endurance thus frequently awarding Rexx with the Agitators Choice Award. Rexx competed in 13 competitions and took home a total of 48 trophies. A few of those high honor trophies included Rexx being named 2002 Western States Police Canine Association Narcotic Detection Dog of the Year (1st Place) and 3rd Place as Patrol Dog of the Year. Rexx also won 3 Gold Medals (Vehicle Narcotics, Building Narcotics, and Search), and 1 Bronze Medal (Overall Narcotics) in the 2002 Police and Fire Games. Rexx was much adored in the community especially among local schools at which he performed in countless educational canine demonstrations for all ages. Rexx was extremely social and loved children. He was serious about his job and duty to the public but spending time with individuals in the community was what made him a very unique dog. He was a true and honest hero that gave his all in everything he did.  He was a faithful servant of the people. Rexx was unfortunately diagnosed with cancer that made it impossible for him to work. Rexx retired in the year 2007 and passed away the following March of 2008 due to kidney failure.  Rexx was loved dearly by his family and will always be in our hearts. Rexx will forever be my faithful partner.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
December 17, 2008
Patrolman Frank Krause

Manalapan Police Department

120 Rt 522 Taylors Mill Rd
Manalapan, New Jersey 07726

Manalapan K-9 team comes to a sad end - One dog retires, one dog put down due to illness
Manalapan Patrolman Frank Krause was a partner of K-9 Officer Rocco for nine years, until Rocco had to be put down after being diagnosed with the beginning stages of degenerative myelopathy in October 2008. Krause is retiring from the Manalapan Police Department at the end of this month. It is the end of an era for a team of police superheroes in Manalapan.  Since 2001, two K-9 units have been a familiar sight in town as police dogs Rocco and Max and their respective partners, Patrolman Frank Krause and Patrolman William Martin, were often on the scene ready to keep residents safe. When Max retired due to medical issues in December 2007, the Manalapan police force felt the loss, but it still had Rocco. That changed on Dec. 17 when Rocco had to be put to sleep. Police Chief Stuart Brown explained that Rocco was diagnosed with the beginning stages of degenerative myelopathy (DM) in October 2008. According to an article posted on the Internet by veterinarian Dr. Nancy Scanlan, DM is a debilitating autoimmune disease commonly seen in the German shepherd breed of dogs, which is what Rocco was. It is compared to multiple sclerosis in humans. In autoimmune diseases the patient's autoimmune system attacks some parts of its own body. In DM the nerves that lead to the muscles are the target, causing muscle weakness and lack of sensation in the dog's hindquarters. Krause remembered his last day on the job with Rocco. "We were getting ready to leave to go to the Union City Sheriff's Office for Rocco's semi-annual recertification, Dec. 12, which was also Rocco's 10th birthday, and I noticed that he was walking funny. He stumbled with his back legs and I took him to Dr. Farber's office," Krause said. Dr. Alan M. Farber, a veterinarian in Manalapan, donated his services to take care of K-9 officers Rocco and Max. After being seen by Farber, Rocco attended his recertification event later that same day and was able to participate in all the activities scheduled, including criminal apprehension, building searches and evidence tracking.  Unfortunately, the dog's condition deteriorated considerably over the next five days and it was decided that Rocco would be euthanized. "It was a shock, a big loss," Krause said about losing Rocco. "I was with him more than my family. He was part of my family and he came to work with me, too. We were together 24 hours a day, seven days a week for nine years." Had the disease not progressed so quickly, Rocco's career on the Manalapan police force would have come to a close at the end of January because that is when Krause is scheduled to retire. Rocco would have retired with his partner. Krause, 47, grew up in Freehold and has been a police officer since the age of 18 when he began working with the Manasquan Police Department. He was a police officer in Freehold Borough for more than 10 years before joining the Manalapan police force, of which he was a part for 15 years. In addition, Krause is a volunteer firefighter for Manalapan Fire Company No. 1, Millhurst. Krause believes that Rocco would not have enjoyed retirement because he enjoyed working so much. "On vacation he was fine," Krause explained, "but as soon as I got my uniform on, he jumped up. He loved to work; he lived for that. He knew when the police department phone rang and he'd run around. He couldn't wait to get out. If it rang at night, he'd wake up everyone." Rocco was donated to the Manalapan Police Department in 2000 when he was 13 months old. "He was someone's pet, but he was very aggressive and they donated him to be a police dog," Krause said. "It was either they donate him or put him down." In January 2000 Krause was assigned to Rocco and in February they began a 16- week course at a K-9 patrol school at the Union County Sheriff's Office K-9 facility. They graduated on June 16, 2000. Krause took Rocco to his home. "We kept him crated for the first few months," he said. "We had young kids. They bonded eventually. We took him around when the kids were sleeping and let him sniff them. Eventually the little ones could take food from the bowl and do anything and Rocco didn't mind. "When Rocco got out of school he was not the same dog," Krause said. "He knew it was OK to bite, but only when I told him to, or if someone was hurting me or another officer." In May 2001 Krause and Rocco graduated from a narcotics detection school at the Union County Sheriff's Office. Krause explained that Rocco was cross trained and certified in patrol and narcotics detection. He could not be a bomb-sniffing dog because the reaction to finding narcotics is aggressive and involves biting and scratching, which could be dangerous when searching for bombs. Bomb dogs are trained to sit when they find explosives. Police dogs can either be one or the other. Rocco and Krause answered 809 calls for service in Manalapan and surrounding towns and counties during their time together. "I spent the last third of my career doing K-9," Krause said. "K-9 was the best. I wouldn't trade that for anything. It was fun and different every day. We were always involved in doing some serious stuff." During their career together, Krause and Rocco were assigned to a presidential security detail when President George W. Bush visited Plainfield in April 2001. Rocco and Krause performed numerous K-9 demonstrations at Manalapan Day every June as well as at the Manalapan Fire Company No. 1 open house and blood drive every October. They also gave demonstrations for other groups such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Rocco's work led to numerous criminal arrests. He also located missing persons including children, the elderly and people with disabilities. A number of the suspects Rocco and Krause apprehended were found guilty of the crimes with which they were charged and were sentenced to state prison. One of the team's most memorable calls was on March 13, 2007 when Krause and Rocco were summoned to a burglary in progress at a hardware store in Jamesburg, Middlesex County. The suspect was still inside the store. Officers surrounded the building and ordered the suspect to come out. When the suspect did not comply with that order, Krause gave the standard police warning as required by the Attorney General's office, indicating that a police K-9 was going to be released if he did not surrender and warning the suspect that the dog would find him and bite him if he did not surrender. When the suspect did not come out, Rocco was unleashed and went in to apprehend him. Rocco located the suspect hiding behind some boxes in the store. Krause gave verbal commands ordering the suspect to come out of hiding. The suspect then assaulted Krause and kicked Rocco. Rocco got a small cut over his eye; the only time in his career that he was ever injured. Rocco engaged the suspect and because of his handler protection skills Krause and the other officers involved were not injured. Another memorable incident that Krause relayed was when he and Rocco were riding through Freehold Borough while off duty on Oct. 24, 2005 and came upon a large disturbance at a social club. Krause observed police officers being attacked in a violent manner by partygoers outside the club. Some of the police officers were on the ground. Krause and Rocco saved their fellow police officers from inherent danger. The Freehold Borough Police Department issued a commendation and a letter of thanks to Krause and Rocco for taking action that "may have prevented other officers from being injured or worse." A letter addressed to Brown from Freehold Borough Police Chief Michael Beierschmitt said Krause and Rocco's "presence and actions were paramount in bringing the incident under control." In speaking about the effort put forth by Krause and Rocco, Brown said, "During their almost nine years of tandem service to our community, Patrolman Frank Krause and K-9 Rocco exemplified the tenets of canine duty to law enforcement through their many lifesaving and criminal apprehension successes. As our last remaining K-9 unit, their loss represents a significant void that will take a considerable time to fill. They will be tremendously missed." Brown said he would like to replace the Manalapan K-9 unit sometime in 2009 and said he has a considerable portion of the funding put aside for those purposes, but he does not currently have the manpower resources to send an officer for training. Martin is still working for the police department without his former partner Max, but is not interested in acquiring another dog. "The main issue is having enough personnel available to cover the lengthy vacancy created when the officer and his dog leave for training," Brown explained. "With the recent hiring of two replacement officers earlier this month, I'm cautiously anticipating this could actually be possible as early as the second quarter of this year."  submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
December 2, 2008

Handler: Officer Tony Quiros

Portsmouth Police Department

711 Crawford Street
Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
 Administration: 757-393-8257
 Uniform Patrol: 757-393-8088
 Criminal Investigations: 757-393-8536
 Dispatch Non-Emergency: 757-393-5300


Portsmouth Police mourn the loss of K9 Ramzi

Retired K-9 Ramzi (Handler: Officer Tony Quiros), passed away quietly on Tuesday morning at the Quiros home. Ramzi served the Portsmouth Police Dept. from 2001-2006 as a Patrol/Narcotics dog. He became a loving member of the Quiros family when Off. Quiros entered the K-9 Unit in 2002. Ramzi or “Ramz” as he was called, had countless felony arrests, apprehensions and narcotics finds, including several large finds, resulting in Federal Prosecution. Tony and Ramz never lost a narcotics case. The K-9 Team competed in the Iron Dog Contest a few years ago, an event where handler and dog run a several mile obstacle course and then have to make a narcotics find or apprehend a fleeing suspect.  They took part in numerous demonstrations over the years and was used in the Practical exercises during the 6 hour class of utilization of a K-9, that Tony and I taught at the Regional Academy for years. Some of you that went through the class may remember the stories about Ramzi and the “Grandma Melon Incident,” or the Soccer Games between the “Spainish and Germans (Shepherd.) in the backyard, or the story of how his tail got “Cropped.” Ramzi had enjoyed his retirement playing with the kids and and eating Grandma’s cooking, in fact he played in the backyard the morning of his passing. We missed him when he retired and now the Quiros family miss him as being a part of the family. 
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA  -  
Submitted by: Sgt. Rick Humphries Uniform Patrol 2nd Platoon

In Loving Memory of
May 31, 2008

Handler: Officer Alan Crawford 
St. Francois County Sheriff's Department 
1550 Doubet Road, Farmington, Missouri  63640 
Phone: (573) 756-3252 or 431-2777

K-9 officer Rasta dies  - Crawford recalls faithfulness of canine partner

Rasta, a former member of the St. Francois County Sheriff's Department, died Saturday. He retired from the department in 2006 after severe arthritis set in.
 Rasta was Alan Crawford’s buddy, partner and faithful sidekick. For seven years — from 1999 to 2006 — Rasta worked for the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department as an explosive detection canine. On May 31, the Belgian Malinois died. St. Francois County Sheriff Dan Bullock said when they had Rasta in service, he was a good dog, who helped with many cases. Rasta had to retire in 2006 because he developed severe arthritis. Soon after, Crawford, a law enforcement officer for nearly 20 years, left the sheriff’s department to work for the railroad. Crawford said Rasta’s arthritis continued to get worse. He could tell Rasta was in a lot of pain because he would yelp when he sat down. Rasta was a pretty smart dog with a good nose so it was hard to trick him into taking medicine Crawford added. Rasta was taken to the vet this weekend after going into respiratory distress. It was decided it would be best for him to be put to sleep. “He was my buddy,” Crawford said. “To a lot of people, it’s just a dog but I developed a special bond with him.” Rasta came from Vohne Liche Kennels, owned and operated by Ken Licklider in Indiana. “... Ken takes pride in his work and has an uncanny ability to pair up K-9s with handlers and he couldn’t have picked a better one than Rasta for me,” Crawford said. “To me, Rasta was the best.” Crawford often put his life in Rasta’s hands when searching for explosive devices or people who were on the run from police. He remembers one time when he and the dog went into the woods in Washington County, tracking a man who had run from police. He said it was night and total darkness. He said Rasta stopped and put his nose to the ground but the officers couldn’t immediately see anything. With the help of flashlights, the officers saw his nose was near the man’s shoe. The man was lying in leaves on his assault rifle. No one ever tried to hurt Rasta, Crawford said, because the dog intimidated people. “We never found any explosives but we never missed any either,” he said. The dog did pick up the slight scent of ammonium nitrate once while investigating a bomb threat but after investigating, it was learned that nitrate scent had nothing to do with the threat.
Crawford said Rasta was always willing and ready to go to work. “He loved to go to work and anytime I had to go to court and left (him) in my patrol car he would prance around ready and willing to go to work,” Crawford said. “When I would let him out of his pen, he would run straight to the patrol car ready to go.”

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
November 25, 2008

Handler: Detective Russell Overheau  
Austin Police Department
715 E. 8th Street
PH: ( 512 ) 974-5017

Austin Police Department Service K-9 “Rooster” passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2008 after battling a heart condition for more than two years. Rooster was 13 years old and provided 12 dedicated years of service to the Austin Police Department and the citizens of Austin. Rooster is credited with seizing over 2.5 million dollars in U.S. currency and narcotics worth more than $557,000. Detective Russell Overheau of the APD Narcotics Unit was Rooster’s handler. Not only will Rooster be deeply missed by his handler, but also by the entire department.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
October 23, 2008

Handler: Sgt. Jim Klepinger

Logansport & Cass County Drug Task Force
Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
101 W Washington St # 1170
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-1233

Cass County K-9 killed by car
The Cass County Drug Task Force lost one of its own Thursday when Robbie, the task force’s K-9, was killed. After getting loose from its caretaker that morning and spending the entire day on the run, the highly-trained drug-detecting dog was hit by a vehicle on U.S. 35 near 200N at about 10 p.m. The dog’s death is taking its toll on Sgt. Jim Klepinger, who had been Robbie’s handler for the last three years. “It’s been pretty traumatic,” Klepinger said in an interview Friday afternoon. Klepinger explained that he let the dog out Thursday morning to relieve himself, something he does each day before he and the dog go to work together. For unknown reasons, the dog did not return as it has every other time. “He just disappeared,” Klepinger said. “I have no idea what caused him to do that.”  Klepinger and other officers spent the remaining daylight hours Thursday trying to locate Robbie, but they were unsuccessful. The motorist who struck the dog contacted the sheriff’s department, which sent its canine handler, Sgt. Pat Zeider, to the scene. Zeider identified the dog as Robbie and contacted Klepinger. He called Logansport Police Chief Randy Rozzi that night to tell him the sad news of Robbie’s death. “We lost a good dog,” Rozzi said on Friday. “That’s what’s bad.” Robbie was paid for by the Federal Byrne Drug Control Grant administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.  The Logansport Police Department covered the cost of training at the Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Ind. Investments in Robbie totalled about $10,000. “Financially they’re expensive, and they’re just an invaluable asset to the department,” Klepinger said of police K-9s. Robbie was a Belgium malinois, a dog that resembles a German Shepherd in appearance and size, but has short hair. The type originated overseas and is bred especially for police work. Robbie completed more than 200 hours in drug detection, suspect apprehension and handler protection. Since his certification in early 2006, he assisted in more than 100 drug cases while serving Logansport and Cass County, Klepinger said. Robbie was key in drug cases because of his keen sense of smell, Klepinger said, especially in establishing probable cause for searching vehicles during traffic stops. “In order to get probable cause to search a vehicle, you need the sniff of the canine,” Klepinger said. That “sniff” is the canine indicating the presence of narcotics. In general, police K-9s also keep officers from certain dangerous situations with their ability to take down suspects with weapons or search buildings at night. The task force drug dog, which lived with Klepinger, went to work every time Klepinger did. It was with Klepinger during several drug busts made earlier this week. Klepinger said it is too early to say what the task force is going to do, but he did say Robbie will be missed. “They are a member of your family,” Klepinger said. “Not only do you get attached to them, but your family gets attached to them as well.” 
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
October 6, 2008

Handler: Cst. Dave A. Watson 
Ontario Provincial Police Canine Unit
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If the saying is true.... "you are best remembered by how well you did on your last call " Raven did pretty well on his "last call."  One week to the day prior to his death he was called to assist our drug enforcement unit and our E.R.T. guys at a 4000 plant marihuana grow where 10 people harvesting and processing the grow were jumped by our officers, one male that fled into the woods  was tracked by Raven for 3 hours and over 11.5 kilometers through the bush and swamps leading to a successful arrest of the suspect. One of the 2 longest tracks in his career.  So if there ever was a tracking call that a dog had to pick as his last, Raven picked a good one! Here are some updated numbers regarding the Ontario Provincial Police Canine Unit, we have 29 active handlers posted in various detachments throughout the province, 46 active dogs, and a 3 man training cadre, all handlers have a general purpose dog with many of them handling a second specialized dog, explosive, cadaver, urban S.A.R. etc. Raven was trained in 2002 and was a member of the Ontario Provincial Police Canine Unit, handled by myself, Cst. Dave Watson, and posted to Lanark County detachment. Raven died this past Mon. Oct. 6, 2008 as a result of bloat, every effort was made to save his life but unfortunately they were unable to save him.  Cst. D.A. Watson, O.P.P. East Region Canine Unit 
MORE About The Canine Unit

The O.P.P. Canine Unit was formed in 1965.  Three teams were trained to provide a support service for the O.P.P. and other law enforcement agencies.  Today, 27 teams: each consisting of a dog and a handler, are stationed at strategic points across the province and provide canine support for search and rescue operations, tracking wanted persons, detecting narcotics,  explosives, cadaver and physical evidence.  The canines develop very heavy coats to protect them against the cold in the winters.
submitted by Jim Cortina, DIR. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
September 5, 2008

Handler: Officer Anthony Loteck
Millville Police Department
18 South High Street
Millville, New Jersey 08332
Capt. Romanishin, Thomas

Millville K-9 dies
K-9 Ronny died early today in his partner's arms from cancer, Capt. Thomas M. Romanishin announced. Ronnie had served the City of Millville Police Department since August 2001, when he graduated from the Camden County Police K-9 Academy. Ronny was assigned to the Millville Police Uniform Patrol Division with his handler, Officer Anthony Loteck. During his eight-year career, Ronny was responsible for dozens of arrests. As a trained narcotics detection dog, he assisted police in finding narcotics in countless investigations, Romanishin said. He performed dozens of canine demonstrations for civic organizations and displayed his caring nature to hundreds of Millville school children. He will not only be missed by the entire Loteck family,but the officers he served with and the community he proudly protected until his passing, Romanishin said. 
The Millville Police Bureau sadly announces the passing of Police K-9 Ronny.  On September 5, 2008 K-9 Ronny died peacefully in his partners arms from cancer.  K-9 Ronnie had served the City of Millville Police Bureau since August of 2001 when he graduated from the Camden County Police K-9 Academy.  Ronny was assigned to the Millville Police Uniform Patrol Division with his handler Officer Anthony Loteck. As a guardian of the night, Ronny searched out those who wished to do harm to others. During his eight year career Ronny was responsible for dozens of arrests of those who thought the cover of night was there friend. As a trained narcotics detection dog, he assisted police in finding narcotics in countless investigation.  He performed dozens of canine demonstration for civic organizations and displayed his caring nature to hundreds of Millville school children. He will not only be missed by the entire Loteck family, but the officers he served with and the community he proudly protected until his passing. May he rest in peace.
The Millville Police Bureau sadly announces the passing of Police K-9 Ronny. On September 5, 2008 K-9 Ronny died peacefully in his partners arms from cancer.  K-9 Ronnie had served the City of Millville Police Bureau since August of 2001 when he graduated from the Camden County Police K-9 Academy.
time and place:
10 AM Thursday, September 11, 2008 
Field behind the police station where Ronnie trained and exercised.
Millville Police Dept.
18 South High Street
Millville, NJ 08332
(856) 825-7010
  Ronny was assigned to the Millville Police Uniform Patrol Division with his handler Officer Anthony Loteck. As a guardian of the night, Ronny searched out those who wished to do harm to others. During his eight year career Ronny was responsible for dozens of arrests of those who thought the cover of night was there friend.
 As a trained narcotics detection dog, he assisted police in finding narcotics in countless investigation.  He performed dozens of canine demonstration for civic organizations and displayed his caring nature to hundreds of Millville school children. He will not only be missed by the entire Loteck family, but the officers he served with and the community he proudly protected until his passing. 

photo by: he rest in peace.
Capt. Thomas M. Romanishin
Millville Police Department
18 S. High St.
Millville, NJ 08332
(856) 825-7010 ext. 7316
submitted by Jim Cortina, CPWDA Dir. and Capt.Thomas Romanishin
MILLVILLE: Community remembers, honors Ronny the K-9 -By  TIM ZATZARINY Jr. • Staff Writer • Sept. 11, 2008 
 Buzz up!  MILLVILLE -- Ronny was just as diligent at home as he was on the job. "If my kids didn't get out of bed in the morning, he would jump up on the bed and bite the covers and pull them off," said the Millville police K-9's handler, Officer Anthony Loteck.  Ronny, an eight-and-a-half-year-old German Shepherd, was euthanized Sept. 5 after doctors discovered he had advanced bone cancer.  More than 100 people, including police officers and K-9s from Millvile and surrounding communities gathered Thursday morning on the baseball field behind the police department on Ware Avenue to remember Ronny.  An honor guard brought in a silver urn containing Ronny's ashes and placed it on a table in front of a podium where members of the community shared their memories of the dog.
The Rev. Gerritt Kenyon, a former Millville police chaplain, asked the audience to not only honor Ronny, but to remember all those who perished seven years ago Thursday in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Police Chief Ed Grennon fondly recalled the police dog who specialized in sniffing out illegal narcotics. "I always said Ronny and Justice were two of our most disciplined employees," Grennon said with a laugh, referring to another of the department's K-9s. "They kind of listened better than some people."  Mayor James Quinn recalled how Loteck approached him shortly after Quinn became mayor 11 year ago with a proposal to add a K-9 unit to the police force.  "The passion Tony had and what he put into that proposal is the reason we have a K-9 unit now," Quinn said. Ronny joined the force in August 2001, after graduating with Loteck, 38, from the Camden County Police K-9 Academy. He quickly took to sniffing out the bad guys, assisting in dozens of major arrests, many of them drug-related.  Ronny lived with Loteck, and the officer's wife Tiffany and two sons, Anthony and Tyler.   The first night Loteck brought Ronny home, he put the dog in a kennel in his back yard. Somehow, Loteck recalled, Ronny was able to jump up and out of the kennel and came scratching at the back door.  That's when Ronny became an indoor dog, Loteck said as he fought tears.  Loteck said he hopes to eventually find another K-9 who can match Ronny's work ethic.  "Every time my Nextel beeped, he thought it was time to go to work," Loteck said of his partner. website by: Lulu Krause, Cape May, NJ

Candle ceremony sparks tribute to deceased K-9s
1/29/09 - New Jersey

Millville K-9 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 Jerzey 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.

In Loving Memory of
July 2008

Handler: Chief Dennis Riley
Independence Township Police Department
104 School Road, 
Aliquippa, PA 15001

Police dogs help, but cost K-9 units becoming rarer as dogs die or are being phased out.
Monday, August 25, 2008 - By STEPHEN J. NOVAK  -  The Express-Times
Officer Rex's six-year career with the Independence Township Police Department was a productive one.
The 7-year-old German shepherd, alongside township police Chief Dennis Riley, responded to at least 175 calls and tracked down numerous crime suspects and missing persons as the department's K-9 team, according to a list of achievements compiled by Riley. Last month, Riley was forced to make the tough decision to euthanize Rex because of an intestinal condition, sparing the dog from a painful intestinal condition. Recently the township presented a plaque to Riley recognizing Rex's role in local law enforcement. "He played a pretty good role in our township," Mayor Robert Giordano said, recalling several times the dog assisted community residents in searches for missing people. "I know he played a big role in rescues."  Although costly for municipalities increasingly on the hunt for budget cuts, K-9 teams can be the key to ferreting out drugs, bombs and people -- both missing and wanted.  "They serve an important function," Warren County Prosecutor Thomas S. Ferguson said. "The good thing about these dogs is a lot of times they are utilized in different areas around the county. There's a little more utility to them, besides being stuck" in a specific town. The expense side prompted Greenwich Township officials to scrap their K-9 team earlier this year, at least temporarily.  The township spent about $5,500 to buy Zeus, its dog, and thousands each year to maintain the dog. Officer Chris Tasiopoulos, Zeus' handler, was reassigned within the department in June, forcing Zeus out of department after a year of service.  Greenwich Chief Rich Guzzo said in June the department may get a new dog next year, but Friday he said that looks unlikely. "We're probably going to hold out for a little while and maybe reconsider later on," Guzzo said, estimating the cost would be re-evaluated in two or three years. Independence may also have to wait before acquiring a new canine officer. Giordano, the township mayor, said officials are looking for grants to help them support a K-9 unit. Without outside money, he said he is unsure the township could continue the program. However, officials said such programs are very useful to investigators. "Some people really enjoy the working relationships they have with the animal," said Ferguson, the prosecutor. "And they simultaneously provide a valuable resource to the community. It's kind of a win-win."
Reporter Stephen J. Novak can be reached at 908-475-2174 or by e-mail at
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
August 21, 2008

Handler: Officer Lee Bower 
  Portsmouth Police Department
700 Crawford Street
Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
757-3938020 ph: 757 393 8268 K9 Unit
Commander:  Lieutenant D. Stokes 757-393-5218 
Portsmouth Police Dog Dies - Virginia

A K-9 member of the Portsmouth Police Department has died. The chief’s office says “Robby” passed away on Thursday after a short illness. “Robby” had been a member of the department since 2002. His current partner was Officer Lee Bower. “Robby” was a dual-purpose canine, trained in both narcotics and patrol duties. Acting Chief of Police, David Thoroughman says Robby "served our community for six years and accounted for the search and apprehension of numerous felons, and the recovery of drugs and illegal contraband in the Portsmouth and Scioto County areas." 
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
 August 6, 2008
Handler: Agent Darren Maurer 
445 S Allison Pkwy
Lakewood, CO 80226
(303) 987-7111

Hero Police Dog, Rocky Dies
Lakewood police dog Rocky died Wednesday night after a battle with prostrate cancer and nearly six years to the day after he was wounded by an armed burglar in the line of duty. "It's the worst day of my life," Rocky's partner, patrol officer Darren Maurer, said Thursday. Maurer had cradled the dog after a vet gave him the injection that ended the hero dog's life. "He was uncomfortable and sick, and I wanted him to die with dignity," Maurer said, with long pauses as he spoke to avoid getting emotional. "He was a great dog. He deserved to die with dignity."  Rocky had made national news in August 2002 when he chased down the burglar, took a bullet and helped capture his 20-year-old assailant. His dogged persistence may have saved his shooter's life, since Rocky pinned him on the ground before officers could shoot back. The bullet to his paw never slowed him down. "He was the same dog after as he was before," Maurer said. A 9-year-old Dutch shepherd, Rocky was born in Holland. He was bought by the Lakewood Police Department from a police dog training program, and Maurer had taken care of him since he was year and a half olda. Rocky served the Lakewood Police Department six years until retired with fanfare on Jan. 1, 2007. Since his retirement, Rocky had enjoyed a life of pure leisure at Maurer's house. "He loved to play ball, any kind of fetch, with sticks, Frisbees, anything," Maurer said. "He would play all day." Maurer said the relationship with his dog exceeded pet and owner, even handler and police dog who worked every shift together. "I'll always look back at the experiences we had together," said Maurer, who left the K-9 unit when Rocky retired. "It really strengthens a bond to go through that kind of craziness together." 
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
2007 - 2008
Handler: Capt. Roger Means 
North Spartanburg Fire Department
8767 Asheville Highway
Spartanburg, SC 29316-4609 
Business Phone 864 578-1616 Fax 864 578-3157 

Accelerant dog honored posthumously  
Roger Means and Ranger investigate a fire during their days together.

Capt. Roger Means works for the North Spartanburg Fire Department, but his services as a dog trainer are in demand all around the Upstate. Means has owned and trained obedience dogs for more than 30 years, and some of his charges have gone on to become valuable accelerant dogs, which are used by fire and police departments to detect signs of arson at fire-scene investigations. During the June meeting of the Spartanburg County Fire Investigation Team, held each month at the Pelham-Batesville Fire Department, Means was presented a plaque and card honoring him and his accelerant dog Ranger's dedication to their work. Phill Jolley, chief of the Pelham-Batesville Fire Department, knows Means is a serious animal lover, and when Means' dog died recently, he presented the plaque because he wanted to do something to honor both master and servant. "Roger and his department support the entire Upstate with their services," Jolley said. "His whole thing in life is about training those dogs. People don't understand how close these dogs are to their trainers.  The bond is very close. When he lost Ranger, it was like losing a kid, which is why we gave him the award." Means said he was surprised and pleased by the honor for the dog he'd raised from a puppy. "Ranger always did a good job on the scene," Means said. "We also took him to arson classes in Greenville and at Pelham-Batesville, where we were called on to do the canine accelerant portion of the class." He said Ranger was a friendly dog, and he would often take him to preschools and other classes to teach children about fire safety. "He was just a humble dog who liked to be petted," Means said. "He wasn't aggressive, which is why most accelerant dogs are (Labrador retrievers)." Means said the dogs are also taken through crowds that gather during a fire because suspects are known to return to the scene. The canines will sit at the feet of anyone with gasoline or any other accelerant on their hands or clothing. The technique has led to several arrests, Means said. Though his companion is gone, Means knows there will be a need for his help in the future, so he's already trained Stryker, a 17-month-old Lab, to replace Ranger, who was scheduled for retirement before he died.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

Lorando D. Lockhart can be reached at 864.298.3816 or at

In Loving Memory of
July - 2008

Handler: Officer Mark Dallas
K9 Unit   Dixon Police Department
220 South Hennepin Ave.
Dixon, IL  61021
815-288-4411 or 815-288-4181

Officer down: Dixon police dog served partner, community
Most dogs don't spend their lives catching criminals. Ronnie the German shepherd did. Ronnie, who was euthanized last week due to injury, was a K-9 officer in the Dixon Police Department. His owner, partner and best friend was officer Mark Dallas. The two were thicker than molasses, which says a lot, considering Ronnie barely tolerated other people, including Dallas' wife, Jennifer.
Ronnie wasn't exactly a charmer.
"In the first year, we worked at night mostly and dealt with a lot of mean people, so he became antisocial," Dallas said. "He got a reputation for being mean, which I liked, because you'd go out .125in the field.375 and .125suspects.375 would be like, 'OK."' What Ronnie lacked in social graces he made up for in determination and skill, characteristics honed his first year in Germany, the land of his birth. He was a full-service K-9, meaning he could, and did, detect drugs, track missing children and fugitives, and protect his handler. He was worth his weight in gold, Dallas said. His mere presence could scare criminals into surrendering. The two were a team, and always together, at home or at work. During the hard days on the job, Dallas would talk to Ronnie. "He knew me better than my wife," the 40-year-old said. "He amazed me every day." Now the dedicated dog has taken Dallas' secrets to the grave. Ronnie's slipped disk, a condition he endured for a year and a half, was getting worse, and he developed lesions on his body. The vet told Dallas that without major surgery, his partner wouldn't make it much longer. Dallas' decision wasn't easy. Ronnie now rests under two trees on a hill at the department's shooting range off Anchor Road. He's buried with his favorite toys. The Dixon Police Department has two canine patrol units. Ronnie, a German Shepherd that has been with our agency since July of 2003. Officer Mark Dallas is Ronnie's handler. Petland and Sterling has generously donated dog food to the police department for the duration of the canines service.  The mission of the K-9 unit is to locate people and/or items at or near crime scenes, and to provide protection and/or backup for officers when possible and practical. Generally, a K-9 team will be applied as a sophisticated tool to enhance the capabilities of Patrol or other units at a crime scene. The K-9 Unit is supportive to all units in the Department and the Tactical Response Team. The dogs are also used to assist the officers with the ongoing "War on Drugs". The dogs are used to locate drugs inside vehicles and buildings.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
July 8, 2008

Handler: Det/Sgt. Michael Belcher
Abbeville County Law Enforcement Center
Sheriff Charles H. Goodwin
Post Office Box 9
21 Old Calhoun Falls Rd.
Abbeville, SC 29620
864 446-6000 - 864 446-6050 fax - 800 322-7716 toll-free

Abbeville law enforcement honors fallen comrade
Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office investigator and bloodhound team leader Michael Belcher works with Rocky.
Twenty-five people gathered in the courtroom Thursday at Abbeville County Law Enforcement Center to remember a dedicated member of the law enforcement team: a bloodhound named Rocky. “Rocky began his service in 1999. He was only 6 months old, but we could tell by then he was special,” Chief Marion Johnson said during the memorial service for the 10-year-old canine. “Over the years, the Sheriff’s Office has had many other bloodhounds on our tracking team, some good, some not so good, but Rocky will always stand out.” One of two dogs in the Bloodhound Tracking Team, Rocky was bitten by a snake while searching for a missing man near Lowndesville in early June, leaving him with a serious infection. Despite treatment in Abbeville, Greenwood and Greenville,
 he died July 8. “We did everything within our power to keep Rocky within our agency,” Sheriff Charles Goodwin said. “Rocky was known not only to our tracking team but to our other law enforcement officers and to many in the community.”  During the memorial service, Goodwin presented the surviving members of the Abbeville County Bloodhound Tracking Team with a posthumous Award of Merit for Rocky before deputizing him. “He’s gone, but never forgotten,” Goodwin said. Officers also recounted their experiences and memories, including team leader Detective Sgt. Mike Belcher. “I remember one time when we were out training, Rocky took off down a hill. For some reason, he went down the hill at full speed and I thought I could go full speed,” Belcher said. “I ran into a tree, and while I was laying there on my back, Rocky came up and licked my face, telling me to get up and go.” Belcher also spoke about a case where Edgewood Fire Department had been broken into. “We came out, we started from a broken window and went out on the scent,” he said. “The dog went across the street, through the woods, down a driveway and went right to the front door of a residence. He wouldn’t leave so some officers knocked on the door and were able to arrest a suspect. “Rocky kept pulling on the leash and went through the woods behind the house to an old abandoned school bus where we found fire equipment from the Edgewood Fire Department.”
Over his 10-year service, Rocky helped capture suspects in drug offenses and bank robberies, he found missing children and responded to shootings. He was called to assist teams from Aiken, Anderson, Laurens, McCormick and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. “I think just about the only things he didn’t run was a homicide,” Belcher said. Rocky was known for tracking in difficult conditions, including a blustery day in January 2006 when he was called out to a meth lab. “The minute I walked out, I said, 'There’s no way we can track in these conditions,’” Detective John Martin said. “I took Rocky out there, I worked him for 10, 15 minutes to try and get the track. As soon as we got on the track,15 or 20 minutes later we caught both subjects.” On another search, Rocky tracked the suspect to a creek, where he began pacing back and forth. Officers found the suspect buried in the sand at the creek. “That guy, he said, I thought the dogs couldn’t track in water.’ He learned the hard way,” Belcher said. Each tracking team member had something positive to say about the dog. “Rocky was our eyes when we couldn’t see, he smelled things we could not smell, when our legs were tired, he pulled us on,” Sgt. Barry Scroggs said. Rocky even attended the events and training with the National Police Bloodhounds Association -- twice. “They thought very highly of Rocky,” Belcher said. “These are instructors, guys that do this for a living, and they were impressed.” The loss leaves the team with one tracking dog, a 3-year-old bloodhound mix named Socha. “We’re in the process of trying to get another bloodhound and we’ll go from there,” Belcher said. “If not, we may have to get a puppy, start from scratch. Rocky was the best we ever had.”
submitted by Jim Cortiina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
June 17, 2008

Handler: Officer Jamie Mastriano 
Richmond Police Department
50 N 5th St
Richmond, IN  47374

Richmond police lose K-9 partner to cancer
Rico discovered more than 200 pounds of pot in 1 bust 6/30/08
Richmond Police Officer Jamie Mastriano is shown with his late partner, Rico. Richmond Police Department recently lost one of its most important furry employees. Rico, a six-year-old drug-sniffing K-9 dog, was euthanized June 17 after an inexplicable lung cancer diagnosis. RPD officer Jamie Mastriano said he spent four years with the Belgian malinois dog as his partner. His voice breaking, the officer, who's been with RPD about six years, said he held the well-trained canine in his arms as a Richmond veterinarian administered the the final shot. "It was a lot worse than I thought it was going to be," Mastriano said of the day Rico's heart stopped. Rico was responsible for numerous drug busts since he entered Richmond Police Department in 2004, including one two years ago in which he located more than 200 pounds of marijuana in a semi-trailer, Mastriano said. Cancer stole the dog's appetite and breath, and Mastriano said the Monday before his death he was breathing "really" uncomfortably. For the officer, Rico's death means the loss of both a colleague and a close friend. "Not only do you work with them at least eight hours (a day) but then you take them home and they're part of the family," he said of Rico. "...Kids will play with him and let him out to run." RPD's K-9 force is now down to two, but Sgt. Dean Snapp said it would likely find another dog soon. No dog, though, can replace Rico -- the dog that would never "hurt a flea if he had to" among RPD staff, Mastriano said. "You get him out one day and he finds you 200 pounds of marijuana," Mastriano said. "The next day they're just a normal, goofy dog."
submitted by Jim Cortina, CPWDA, Dir.

In Loving Memory of
June 18, 2008

Handler: Officer Jackie Everitt
Conroe Police Department
700 Old Montgomery Rd
Conroe, Texas 77301

 Heroic Dog Laid To Rest 
Today was an emotional day in Midland as a police dog was laid to rest. Rico was an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois, who worked for New Mexico DPS and for the Border Patrol. His owner was Pecos County Deputy Wesley Evans. Evans said he was too emotional to appear on camera but his wife shared a few of Rico's accomplishments. Amanda Evans, Rico's Owner, says, "he has several thousand pounds of marijuana seizures, several thousand pound cocaine seizures and 160,000 in money seizures" Rico's headstone will feature flowers with the epitaph "in god we trust, with paws we bust". AND....

 Conroe police say goodbye to K-9 Rico
 Conroe Police K-9 Rico was such a part of Officer Jackie Everitt’s family that he even had his photo made in a field of bluebonnets like most family’s children.  The Conroe Police Department has one less officer who will be missed by many, but none more so than his human partner, Officer Jackie Everitt.
Rico, a 9-year-old Belgian malinois who became Everitt’s partner in October 2000, had to be euthanized March 18 following a sudden illness. Rico was a dual-purpose canine, used for apprehension and narcotics, and was trained and titled in Holland, Everitt said. Rico not only served Conroe, but assisted many area agencies over the years, including the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Shenandoah Police Department, the Oak Ridge Police Department and others. “We traveled wherever needed,” Everitt said. The best case he could recall Rico working was when he tracked a murder suspect in Conroe who shot a man then lost officers in a foot pursuit. “The suspect was not known and would most likely not have been identified or located if not for Rico,” Everitt said. Rico tracked suspects for numerous agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, which he helped by locating contraband such as a kilogram of cocaine from a vehicle parked at a residence in Conroe. “When all efforts in finding a suspect failed, officers could count on us to respond and assist,” Everitt said. “K-9s can help an officer get into a suspected drug courier's vehicle or storage unit, a suspected drug dealers home and find drugs hidden on a street corner by the street-level dealers.” The Conroe Police Department has had seven K-9 Units, but only one remains. Sgt. Bob Berry said Rico served the department well and they were all saddened by the loss. “We know it’s been a traumatic experience for Jackie,” Berry said. “The grief must be like losing a family member.”  Berry was right. Everitt said Rico was like one of the family. “He went to work with me each night, and we were called upon on several occasions to go in and look for suspects, preventing officers from being put in harm’s way,” Everitt said. “He knew no fear, never questioned me and gave his all each time.”  Rico’s only reward was Everitt’s praise, he said, along with some dry dog food when they returned home each morning.“He loved people, and many officers and civilians had the opportunity to get to know him,” he said. “Several officers enjoyed throwing his ball and playing fetch with him and every night we worked, one of them would ask if they could throw Rico his ball.”  Everitt’s wife, children and grandchildren also played with and loved Rico. “Rico will be missed by all of us, me especially,” he said. In a message sent throughout CPD on the afternoon of Rico’s death, Sgt. Robert Yetter said Rico served CPD “for many years and his service and friendship have been in the finest traditions of the Conroe Police Department.”  “He will be missed,” Yetter said. Berry said no decision was made regarding whether there would be another K-9 Unit. 
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
 June 6, 2008

Handler: Officer Dan O’Neil
Auburn Police Department 
1215 Lincoln Way
Auburn, WA
Non-emergency:(530)823-4237 Ext: 201- Fax:(530)823-4202

Auburn police will say goodbye to one of their own this afternoon.
Ronin, one of the department’s two police service dogs, died June 6, succumbing quickly to a lung infection.
The 5-year-old dog died as Officer Dan O’Neil, Ronin’s partner, was racing north from Auburn to a veterinary surgeon in Kirkland. Ronin’s lungs had filled with fluid. O’Neil had his police car lights and the emergency radio running. He said Ronin died in a place and with the sounds he lived for. “The thing Ronin loved the most was being in the police car and running code,” said O’Neil, 30. No one’s sure what caused the infection, but O’Neil speculates Ronin picked up a thorn of some kind in his chest while tracking. It might have worked through his fur into the chest cavity, where it eventually abscessed. Ronin came to work the night before he died but didn’t leave the police car. By morning he was sick. “It was very sad around here,” Auburn Assistant police Chief Bob Karnofski said of the atmosphere on June 6. “Part of it was for Dan and knowing what he was going through. Part of it was because the officers know the dogs.”  The German shepherd came to the department from Germany in November 2004 as a tracker and teamed up with O’Neil.  During their service, O’Neil and Ronin deployed on 298 tracks, Karnofski said. Of those, 103 ended in capturing a suspect and 51 resulted in recovery of evidence. K9 dogs can be either trackers or work narcotics. The department has another tracker dog named K9 Myk and a narcotics dog in training. The dogs live with their handlers and work together exclusively. The bond that develops between them is deep, Karnofski said. “It’s not a pet. It’s a working animal but you get to know it and rely on it to protect you,” he said. O’Neil said the 97-pound dog lived to work. “He had so much drive. That dog was born to be a police dog and he was good at it,” he said.He recalled one 90-minute track that Ronin made in Federal Way that ended with the dog finding a pistol tossed in some bushes by a serial rapist. Anthony Casper Dias was sentenced last month to more than 200 years in prison; he still faces trial for rapes in King County.“Few dogs could have done that,” O’Neil said. The officer said he hasn’t decided whether he will stay a dog handler. Pet Haven, an animal cemetery in Kent, provides free cremation, an urn and, if desired,a headstone for all service dogs who die. Pet Haven handled Ronin’s cremation.Vaughn McPhail, Pet Haven director, said he’s also planning to create a memorial for service dogs, but hasn’t come up with a design yet.The Washington State Police Canine Association has a K9 memorial at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien. It recognizes police service dogs killed in the line of duty.There are 10 dogs listed on the memorial, including three from Pierce County law enforcement departments. Mike Archbold: 253-597-8692 What: A memorial service for police dog Ronin, conducted by an Auburn Police Department chaplain. Area K9 teams and retired handlers and their dogs will form a cordon of honor.
Ronin’s name
When: 4 p.m. today, June 16, 2008
Where: Auburn Adventist Church
5010 Auburn Way South
Donations: May be made in Ronin’s name
To: Auburn’s K9 Fund at Auburn City Hall
 25 W. Main St.
Auburn, WA 98001
The Pet Haven
23646 Military Road
Kent, WA   98032
The city fund helps buy new police dogs and equipment for the animals, such as bullet-resistant vests.
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 Auburn police mourn loss of service dog Ronin
The Auburn Police Department sadly announces the passing of Police Service Dog Ronin. Ronin succumbed quickly to a chest infection on June 6. Ronin was 5 years old. Ronin and his handler, Officer Dan O’Neil, have been in service as a K9 team since March 2005. The team actively worked up until the day of Ronin’s passing. During their service, Ronin was deployed on tracks 298 times. Of those tracks, 103 ended in suspect captures and 51 tracks resulted in recovery of evidence. The City fund helps to purchase new police dogs and equipment such as bullet-resistant vests. The Pet Haven fund goes to the construction of a memorial for all police K9s.
 submitted by Jim Cortina

In Loving Memory of
May 27, 2008

Handler: Officer Josip Peperni
 Norwich Police Department
70 Thames Street
Norwich, CT  06360
Routine calls: (860) 886-5561- Fax: (860) 886-4552 

Norwich police dog Reese dies unexpectedly
The Norwich Police Department is mourning the death of police canine “Reese,” Officer Josip Peperni’s K-9 partner. Reese, a German shepherd was 5 when he died Tuesday while off duty at the Peperni family home, Police Chief Louis Fusaro said. Reese, one of three dogs the department uses, worked the midnight shift and was responsible for numerous arrests. He was best known for demonstrations for the DARE program and area civic events. It is unclear what caused his death. Peperni has been a member of the department since 2002 and was selected for training as a canine handler in 2004. The canine program has been in service since 1984.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
October 16, 1996 ~ March 13, 2008
Belgian Malinois
United States Navy

The following is a summery of Robi’s Navy Career
Awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal – 02/16/07

Robi served as Explosives Detection/Patrol Military Working Dog, Security Department U.S. Navel Station, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico & Atlantic Fleet Weapons Training Facility Vieques Island and U.S. Navel Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from August 1998 to February 2007. Robi provided security for several High-Level Events, Including The 2002 Organization of American States Conference in Barbados and Former President Bill Clinton’s 2002 Visit to Cartegena, Colombia. While at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba he served at the forefront of the Global war on terror, clearing areas and routes for enemy combatant detainee operations, along with Military Commissions and Tribunals. Robi Distinguished 9 year Naval Career came to an end in February 2007, upon his retirement where he spent his remaining days not as a Military Working Dog, But as a family dog and a best friend. Until a sudden illness took him away from us all to soon. He was truly a special dog who touched the lives of a lot of people. WE ALL LOVE YOU. REST IN PEACE ROBI.

We had to put MWD ROBI to sleep last Thursday due to a sudden illness. It’s been a very hard few days for me, as he was a great friend and part of our family.  I served 4 years in the Navy (USS CORAL SEA CV-43). I did not have the pleasure of serving with Robi. Actually Matt had received an e-mail from Chief Paul Bettis from Gitmo Cuba, Robi had retired and the Navy vet wanted to put him down. Thanks to Chief Bettis (who would not let that happen) we connected up in Norfolk VA. From the first time I took him out of the crate we bonded instantly. Then we brought him home (We were a little nervous because we also have a Pomeranian, but the two of them became instant buddies)  Chief Bettis informed us that Robi was not house broken, but to our amazement I showed him the door outside once and it was never a problem. He was quite a special dog and I miss him dearly. When I informed Chief Bettis of Robi’s passing he was heart broken as was his last handler. I don’t think you will find many working Dogs that have had 7 handlers
Rob Rigg submitted by R. Rigg

In Loving Memory of
March 9, 2008

Handler: Ofc. Glenn Daniel 

Baker Police Department
1320 Alabama St 
Louisiana 70714 - (225)775-6000 
Parish: East Baton Rouge,Louisiana
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Baker Police Belgian Malinois escapes 3/9/08
A Belgian Malinois trained to find explosives is on the lam from his Baker Police Department duties after chewing his way through a metal chain-link fence surrounding his kennel, likely to keep company with a female dog, police said Saturday. Rocky, who does not have name tags around his collar, escaped from his single-barrier kennel in the Wakefield area of West Feliciana Parish, Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps said. The dog chewed his way through the fence, and Knaps said he suspects it was because of the nearby dog in heat. Rocky, who cost the department about $12,500 because of his specialized skills, is one of only a few explosives-trained dogs in the state, Knaps said.During a recent bomb threat at Baker High School, the dog was able to clear the school in about 45 minutes, the police chief said. Knaps said the reason Rocky does not have tags around his neck is to keep him from getting tangled up in areas where he searches for explosives. Anyone with information on Rocky’s whereabouts is asked to call the Baker Police Department at (225) 775-6000. “The importance of getting this dog back to us cannot be understated,” Knaps said. “We sure do need him back.”
Bomb-sniffing dog killed in traffic
The Baker Police Department’s bomb-sniffing dog, which had escaped from its kennel last week, was found dead along a West Feliciana Parish road. The Belgian Malinois, named Rocky, had escaped from his kennel in the Wakefield area of West Feliciana Parish. Police believe he was struck by a vehicle and killed some time over the weekend. Rocky, who cost about $12,500 and was obtained with a federal Department of Homeland Security grant, was one of the few dogs in the state trained to find explosives, Police Chief Mike Knaps said Monday. Knaps said the department will seek donations to raise money for a replacement for Rocky. 
 submitted by Jim Cortina

In Loving Memory of

February, 2008

Handler: Rebecca Kamperman
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport
Powder Springs, GA 

Roscoe started his career in 02/1997.  He was stationed at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport,
Atlanta,Georgia. He retired in September 2002 and died 02/2008. Roscoe was a Yellow Lab Retriever/Shepard mix and was two when he became a custom's K9 in 1997.  Ports assigned previously are unknown.  The largest and most notable seizure was just weeks after completing his training.  While conducting a sweep of an airplane, Roscoe alerted to one of the seats.  After reviewing the passenger manifest, and searching the woman who had previously occupied the seat, officers discovered that she had swallowed 1 lb. of cocaine. YOU CAN HELP OTHERS LIKE ROSCOE, STOP DRUG SMUGGLING
submitted by: Jan Everett

In Loving Memory of
  January 1, 1996 - February 6, 2008 

Handler: Detective Sergeant Katy Tougas 
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
 Foxwoods Casino
submitted by Jim Cortina

In Loving Memory of
January 19,2008

Handler:  Sgt. Henry Fusik
 Pittsfeld Township Police Dept.
6227 W. Michigan Ave
Pittsfield Township, MI 48108 
TEL (734) 944-4911 

Pittsfield Township's first police dog dies
The first K-9 officer with the Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety died over the weekend, officials said. Recon, a 12-year-old German Shepherd that retired in 2006, died at the home of his former partner and handler Sgt. Henry Fusik, according to a written statement issued by the department Monday. The award-winning dog was born in the Czech Republic and joined the department in 1999. Specially trained in narcotic detection and tracking, Recon and Fusik are recognized for 37 criminal tracks and building searches that led to arrests, the department said. They worked on cases that led to the forfeiture of $116,387. The duo was named Washtenaw 100 Officer of the Year in 2004.
The canine unit was initiated at the Pittsfield Police Department in 1999. "Recon" is a pure bred German Shepherd and was a full service police dog, trained in narcotics detection, tracking, and handler protection. Recon was used in conjunction with daily police activities, including the protection of life and property. Recon, handled by Henry Fusik, trained constantly to help make one of the most productive K9 Units in Washtenaw County. The teaming of Recon and Henry Fusik created a long standing bond of friendship and partnership that continues today. Recon retired from police duty on September 1, 2006. Henry Fusik continues to serve with the police department as a Sergeant. Over their 7-year K9 career, Recon and Sergeant Fusik were responsible for the forfeiture of $116,387 in drug money. They also conducted 37 criminal tracks that led to apprehension, including building searches. Sergeant Fusik and Recon received the following awards for their efforts; Washtenaw 100 Officer of the Year 2004, Optimist Club Award 2004, 3 Departmental Citations, 1 Departmental Achievement Award, nominated twice for the Golden Paw award, and the AMW Hometown Hero Recognition. 
submitted by Jim Cortina