Loving Memory of
December 15, 2008
Handler: Officer Tim
Norridge, IL 60706
Phone: 708-453-0800 - Fax: 708-453-9335
Norridge loses beloved
Norridge Police Department is mourning the passing of the force's K-9
Officer, Turbo, who died unexpectedly Dec. 15, aged only 8 years old.
Diagnosed with lymphoma in mid-November, Turbo was being treated at the
Buffalo Grove Veterinary Medical Center when he contracted pneumonia. He
is loss is felt by his fellow officers; his partner, Officer Tim Mazurkiewicz; the entire Mazurkiewicz family, with whom he lived when
off duty; and his numerous fans throughout the community.
The son and grandson of show dogs, Turbo
was born in Germany in 2000. He arrived in the United States in
January 2002 and embarked on two months of obedience, obstacles and
tracking training. He met Mazurkiewicz in April 2002, and the two
started training together on increasingly difficult obstacle
courses, tracking, night searches, article searches, building
searches, area searches and obedience. Turbo would continue
training, twice a week, for the remainder of his life."He's able to
adapt quickly to different situations," Mazurkiewicz said then, of
his partner. "He can really kick it up a notch." Mazurkiewicz and
Turbo bonded quickly. "In six short years, he made a big impact,"
Mazurkiewicz acknowledged. "Early in his career, he successfully
tracked fleeing subjects through the woods in River Grove. We had
multiple successful drug finds and car searches, too. He loved
that." Turbo knew it was time to work when Mazurkiewicz put on his
uniform. "When he heard our squad number -- 507, he knew it was time
to go," he added. But Turbo had an even disposition and an
instinctive ability to separate work time from down time, said
Norridge Police Chief Chuck Ghiloni. "He was more than a partner,
more than a pet," Mazurkiewicz said. "He was a member of the
family." When Turbo wasn't just laying around the Mazurkiewicz home
in Portage Park, he enjoyed playing with Michael, 12, Sean, 9, and
Connor, 16 months. He loved games of fetch with Michael and long
walks through the neighborhood with Mazurkiewicz and his wife,
Kathy. He was fond of Sean's belly rubs, and he looked forward to
Sean's spoiling him with morning and evening Meaty Bonz. Make no
mistake. Mazurkiewicz is mourning Turbo. The handsome K-9 will be
greatly missed by his partner, as well as by Kathy, Michael, Sean
and Connor Mazurkiewicz. The last month has been a "roller coaster,"
Mazurkiewicz admitted. He wouldn't object if another Norridge
officer wanted to experience how phenomenal a K-9 partner can be and
what a wonderful unit he's been privileged to be a part of. Still,
if the Norridge Police Department asked him to sign up again, he
wouldn't turn the opportunity down. "I'd love to do it again," he
said. submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA and
help from Frank Brunetti.
In Loving Memory
November 10, 2008
Handler: Lt. David Black
Key West Police Department
1604 No. Roosevelt Blvd.
Key West, FL 33040
Tel: 305. 809-1111
Member of the
Key West Police Department's K-9 Unit dies
A loyal and
long-serving member of the Key West Police Department's K-9 Unit died
Monday. Trapper was nearly 12 years old, and retired from a proud career
catching drug dealers in Key West. Trapper came on board in October, 1999 as
the first of a newly formed K-9 Unit. The Key West Police Department had
used canines a decade before, but the program disappeared. But with some
grant money, the department brought in Trapper and Rocky. Trapper learned
quickly. In fact, he sniffed out $60,000 cash in one drug bust before he
even graduated K-9 school. Canine officers not only work with their human
police counterparts, but they live with them. Lt. David Black says he lost a
colleague and friend with the death of Trapper. "We did a lot of programs at
the schools over the years," said Black. "Trapper really paved the way for
our current K-9 Unit." Dogs have been especially helpful in sniffing out
drug dealers who work from their cars, and Trapper, says Black, helped seize
hundreds of thousands of dollars in forfeitures that helped pay for special
training and equipment. In addition, drug-related arrests doubled with the
help of the K-9 Unit that Trapper started. Trapper was retired two years
ago. submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. USPCA
Loving Memory of
Chico Police Department
K-9 police dog is euthanized
officer Matt Seipert and his K-9, Toko, do a demonstration for students at
Bidwell Junior High School in 2006.
A police dog
still considered to be on active duty, but sidelined last week with an
aggressive form of cancer, was humanely euthanized Wednesday night. Toko, a
German shepherd who joined the Chico Police Department in the fall of 2002, was
9 years old. According to a department news release, Toko wasn't expected to
survive advanced medical procedures to treat the cancer. He was given steroid
medication in recent days to make him comfortable. When it was determined the
medication could no longer alleviate his pain, euthanasia became the only
remaining option, said K-9 Sgt. Dan Fonseca. Toko
had been partnered with Matt Seipert for nearly six years, and lived with
the officer and his family. Lt. Mike Weber, a K-9 team administrator for
the department, said Seipert started to notice a change in Toko and had
him examined. Initially, Weber said, Seipert thought Toko was responding
to cancer treatments and might even return to duty. "He was well-regarded
and thought of not as a dog, but as a team member dedicated to the job
and the protection of his handler," Weber said. A posthumous retirement,
what Weber described as an appreciation ceremony, is scheduled for Sept.
15. He said it's yet to be determined if Seipert will obtain another dog
and remain a member of the K-9 team. "It's really up to the officer," Weber
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
- 48 Avenue
Alberta T4V 0K6
dog killed in road accident
police dog in training with Camrose police died in a vehicle accident Monday,
cops confirmed yesterday. The dog, a Belgian malinois named Tucker, was
on the side of a gravel road Monday morning when the vehicle hit him. He
had just finished several training scenarios. The accident didn't involve
a cop car, said Camrose police Insp. Lee Foreman. Tucker was working with
Const. Matthew Rolfe. "The loss of Tucker has not only affected Rolfe,
but is felt by the entire membership of the Camrose Police Service as (his)
training was progressing extremely well," Foreman said in a statement.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
the Camrose Police Service has had four police service dogs over the years,
2007 marks the beginning of a new dog program. Cst. Matt Rolfe was selected
to take on the very demanding role as the service's dog handler. In late
July he took possession of Tucker, a purebred Belgian Malinois puppy brought
here from Holland. Tucker is expected to be ready for patrol in the fall
of 2008. Cst. Rolfe is assigned to patrol section and will in essence have
a full-time partner with him. A fully equipped police service dog car has
been recently added to the fleet . In the meantime Matt and Tucker will
be training hard in the areas of criminal apprehension, tracking and drug
detection. When put into full service Matt and Tucker will also enhance
the community relations program by putting on demonstrations for schools
and community groups.
Loving Memory of
U.S. Customs @
San Ysidro Port of entry
in San Diego, CA
was one day away from euthanasia when U.S. Customs found him in the Long
Beach Humane Society
sent him through the U.S. Customs Canine Enforcement training Academy. K9 Taylor, a Staffordshire Terrier/Lab Retriever Mix was one of our highest
drug seizing dogs
started Customs in 1996. He was featured in many news
casts and even had his story in
Fancy magazine. Taylor was an "Extraordinary" narcotic detector dogs here
in San Diego.
retired to live the good life with his handler, Barb, about six years ago.
He died early this morning in Vancouver, Canada, close to being 16 years
submitted by USA Custom K9 Handler, Jan
Loving Memory of
1st Class Colleen McCurdy
(phone) 410-537-1152 (fax)
partner and my dog"
police in Perryville dedicate stone monument to Trooper -- golden retriever,
- Liver Cancer / Euthanized
State Police Trooper 1st Class Colleen McCurdy talks about her dog, Trooper,
who was her partner in police work for eight years. McCurdy suggested her
pet Trooper for police work when her first drug dog didn't work out.
Cecil County Deputy Mike Davis and his partner, Rex, salute a memorial
at the Maryland State Police barracks in Perryville that is dedicated to
Trooper, a drug dog that died in January.
eight years, Trooper sniffed for drugs on Interstate 95, helping the Maryland
State Police seize more than a ton of marijuana, cocaine and other drugs.
The golden retriever with big brown eyes, floppy ears and spotted tongue
was always excited about work, state troopers said. After an arrest, he
would even trot into the room as the suspect was processed. Whenever his
owner, Trooper 1st Class Colleen McCurdy, got ready for work and put her
gun in the holster, the golden retriever would wait for her at the door.
gave more than 110 percent everyday to me, to our team, to the agency,"
McCurdy said. "He loved to come to work." To remember Trooper, who
died in January, officers dedicated a memorial stone at the JFK Highway
Barracks in Perryville where he worked. The stone, which was purchased
through donations, reads: "He was my partner and my dog. He was faithful
and true until
the last beat of his heart."
a ceremony held Thursday, several police dogs were brought from Baltimore
City, Wicomico County and Harford County to say goodbye. There was even
a moment of silence and a bagpiper. After the stone was unveiled, each
of the eight canine teams paid their respects. Described as a "wonder dog,"
Trooper scanned vehicles and searched buildings, finding more than 1,600
pounds of marijuana, 661 pounds of cocaine, 71 pounds of heroin and more
than 22,175 ecstasy pills, according to state police.
showed the honey-colored dog sitting next to bricks of drugs and stacks
of cash that he helped discover on I-95. But Trooper seemed more interested
in a ball and rope in his jaw than the millions of dollars of contraband
he recovered. A smile forms on Cpl. Mike Conner's face when he talks about
the golden retriever. "Every single day, he wanted to come out to work,"
a traffic stop, Trooper got to the scene and trotted around the vehicle.
He stopped near the rear fender. His tail stopped wagging, his mouth closed
and he sat on the ground looking at McCurdy. "I remember hearing Colleen
say, 'Show me,'" Conner said. "Right when she said that, Trooper raised
his right paw and stuck it on top of the fender. We searched the vehicle
and right where he had put his right paw, there was a kilo of cocaine.
That was a mark of how intelligent he was."
bought Trooper from a New Jersey family and for the first three years,
he was a house pet. When she was assigned to work with canines and her
original dog didn't work out, she urged her boss to let Trooper go through
the 14-week training. Winfield Baker, the training director for the Maryland
State Police canine unit, was reluctant at first. "House pets usually don't
want to work, they want to lay around," Baker said. "But Trooper had the
desire. He wanted to work." Trooper proved to be more than capable
of doing the job -- he found more than $6.5 million in drug-related money
during his career. "He worked until the day he died and I don't think he
would have wanted it any other way," McCurdy said. The 11-year-old dog
began losing weight after developing liver cancer. He was euthanized Jan.
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
by: SGT. Dan Fairburn #1139
Enforcement Division -
Team - Cell: (443) 807-8353
Loving Memory of
Harold Weary, Jr.
County Sheriff's Department
Barracks Police Department
Forbes Ave. (Lower)
Barracks, PA 17013
was Cumberland County's 1st bomb detection K-9. She served Cumberland County
01-14-2008 when she passed away due to a blood clot.
for K-9 Bomb Dog
Cumberland County Sheriff's Department is mourning the loss of a very special
member of its department. A tribute was held Wednesday for Tera, who was
the county K-9 unit's first bomb dog. Her first day on the job was sniffing
out potential bombs at the Army War College and other places in the county
on September 11th. Tera also went to several K-9 demonstrations. "My favorite
part of the job was going to schools. She would plop in the middle of 100
kids. They would crawl all over her. And she did many numerous missions,
received a lot of awards and letters many from the war college because
she had protected VIPs," says Sgt. Harold Weary, Carlisle Police Department.
Weary says she was not only special to the department but to him especially,
since Tera was his partner.
August of 2001, The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office received a donation
from Giant Foods, Inc. for the purchase of an explosives detection dog.
Bill Castle, owner of Castles' K-9 Inc., purchased an eighteen month old
female Belgian Malinois named Tera from Czechoslovakia in July of 2001.
Deputy Harold Weary, Jr., was selected to be Tera's handler and partner.
Deputy Weary and Tera completed an extensive six week training and certification
course for explosives detection at Castle's K-9, Inc. in Mechanicsburg,
Pennsylvania. Ironically, Deputy Weary and Tera officially went into
service on September 10, 2001. They have responded to numerous calls
in and out of Cumberland County since they have been activated. Deputy
Weary and K-9 Tera's favorite part of the job is doing demonstrations for
the public. Tera loves kids very much; she will lie on the
floor and roll over for children to scratch her belly. Deputy Weary and
Tera must train one day each month and recertify every year. In addition
to their normal duties, Deputy Weary and Tera also routinely provide protection
services to the U.S. Army War College located in Carlisle. They have
provided protection for such people as Secretary of State Colin Powell,
Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and numerous other VIP's.
Deputy Weary and K-9 Tera enjoy working hard to keep the community and
recalls service of explosives-finding K-9 officer Tera
Heather Stauffer, Sentinel Reporter, January 17, 2008
the end, Tera the explosives-detecting K-9 had good timing
after four Monday morning we both got awake suddenly,” said Harold Weary,
who served as Tera’s
handler for almost four years before passing the leash to his wife, Valerie
Weary, in 2005.
had decided just the previous day to have Tera euthanized Monday, Harold
Weary said, but
wasn’t necessary. “It was the strangest thing,” added Valerie Weary,
explaining that after
awoke simultaneously and went to check on Tera, they found her taking her
surmised that Tera, who had three bulged discs in her spine, a torn knee
from a blood clot in the spine. But Harold Weary had a different idea.
think it was her way of making it easier on us,” he said. The Wearys
and several other
enforcement officials gathered Wednesday for a brief memorial at Castle’s
Mechanicsburg, where Tera was trained. Valerie Weary is a deputy in the
County Sheriff’s Department and her husband, who formerly filled the same
serves as a dog-handling sergeant. Standing near two tables filled
articles, letters and challenge coins, Harold Weary reminisced about his
assignment with Tera. After completing weeks of training with the dog,
Wearys took 10 days off for their wedding and honeymoon. They arrived back
Sept. 10, 2001, he said, with no clue that the next day would thrust them
aftermath of a terrorist attack.
had five calls that day,” he said, explaining that they got to help authorities
War College and other entities be sure that their meeting rooms were secure
from explosives that day. Although not all Tera’s subsequent workdays
were that busy,
Wearys said Tera stayed active making sure local schools and public buildings
well as making about 300 public demonstrations and keeping VIP visitors
to the Army War
safe on more than 500 occasions. Although most of the times when
Tera alerted turned
to be only residual traces of explosives, Harold Weary said one time in
March 2003, the
was real. Weary and Tera were called out to North Middleton Township and
taken to a
where police thought there might be explosives, Weary said. She sat down
through the door, he said, and a number of homemade explosive devices were
later removed safely. “My favorite part was going to the schools, meeting
people,” Harold Weary said. “You could let 100
pile on her and pull her tail.” Although Tera had a serious job,
Valerie Weary said the
Malinois had a unique, friendly personality that made her a great pet as
could open up interior doors in the house,” she said, and with her husband
pictures showing Tera enjoying beach vacations with them. They liked her
so well, she said,
they eventually purchased a second Belgian Malinois strictly as a pet.
“You can learn
lot about loyalty from a dog like that,” she said. Taz and Tera got
along well, she said,
now Taz is getting to know Zuza, a 13-month-old who is now being trained
in drug detection.
Anderson, chief of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, said he
saw Tera often
one or the other of the Wearys worked at the courthouse and brought Tera
to wait in
cage in the offices. “As long as you were in uniform, she would never
said. When Tera first joined the sheriff’s crew, he said, there weren’t
other explosives dogs in the area. Now, he said, the department’s other
Voelz, handled by Deputy Sheriff Ron Hoover — is trained to detect explosives,
Zuza is being trained to detect drugs. “Just a powerful ‘Thank you’
from the War College,”
Paul Withun, captain of the Carlisle Barracks police at the Army War College.
did such a good job through the years, he said, that she was instrumental
War College decide that after 9-11, it would be a good idea for it to have
like her on the base. submitted by Jim Cortina & Sgt.
Harold Weary, Jr.
Loving Memory of
County Sheriff's Office
S. Salisbury St.
Box 550 Ph:(919)856-6900
Dog Mourned By Canine Unit 1/15/08 North Carolina
to the Wake County Sheriff's Office, a police dog made famous by finding
70 pounds of cocaine has passed away after health complications. The Wake
County Sheriff's Office said yesterday in a media statement that Thor,
a narcotics-sniffing police dog, had died from age and health complications.
The Sheriff's Office said Thor, a 13 year old Belgian Malinois, had been
with the Sheriff's Office since he was 15 months old, and at one time,
was the only dog working with deputies. According to police, Thor served
in various functions with the canine team, but his last assignment was
as a narcotics dog. Thor work with his handler Deputy Roy Wilbourne in
the Impact Team, a drug interdiction unit that most recently made big headlines
when in July, Thor found more than 70 pounds of cocaine that was hidden
in the tires of a tour bus that had driven in from Texas. As a result,
Thor was responsible for the largest drug bust since Sheriff Donnie Harrison
took office in 2002. The Sheriff's Office says that Thor was popular with
children during visits to schools and community events where he performed
canine demonstrations. Hoping to give him a retirement last August, the
Sheriff's Office said they had a hard time finding a replacement for Thor
worked until the day he died, but the Sheriff's Office said that he probably
would not have wanted it any other way. "Thor loved to come work," said
Sheriff Harrison in a statement to the media. "We will miss his drive and
his energy. He worked just as hard on the last day he lived as the first
day he came to work for us."
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA