The F.A.S.T. Co. donates sets of memorial cards to all partners
I need your help to inform me of such losses.
June 23, 2008
Handler: Deputy Bank
Greenville County Sheriff's Office
4 McGee St.
Greenville, SC 29601
dog killed, store clerk shot, Wes, the K-9, shot by deputy
In Loving Memory of
Mounted Police Horse, WALTON
February 15, 2008
Partner-Handler: Officer Andy Guyton
New Castle County Police Department
New Castle County Delaware
their partners - By TERRI SANGINITI, The News Journal
A New Castle County police officer salutes during the playing of the National Anthem at a memorial service Thursday at Carousel Park for police horses and canines that died recently. Walton began as a scrawny Clydesdale, but grew into a horse often called "Thunder" or "The Rock." He died two weeks ago. County officials and friends took time out Thursday to mourn two New Castle County police mounted horses and four retired K-9 dogs that died recently. Two weeks ago, county police mount Walton died of complications from surgery, devastating his partner, Officer Andy Guyton, and volunteers at Carousel Park who cared for him. As part of Walton's memorial, county police also paid tribute to retired police K-9s Britta, Astor, Cinta and Brian, and 25-year-old retired police mount Wellington. The service at Carousel Park featured "Amazing Grace" on bagpipes. Col. Rick Gregory, county police superintendent, said the animals were more than just law enforcement tools. They were loved by members of the officers' families. "We miss the ones we lost and appreciate the ones we have," Gregory said.
For the last seven years, Guyton was partnered with Walton, the once scrawny Clydesdale dubbed "Wooly Mammoth," who filled out to become a horse officers called "Thunder" and "The Rock." "Up until the day he got sick, he was patrolling," Guyton said. "He did protect the citizens of New Castle County and he brought joy to the kids in rough neighborhoods." The police mount helped represent Delaware at the 2005 presidential inauguration in Washington. Tears flowed from Gale Askew, a Carousel Park volunteer for the mounted unit, as she spoke about Walton, who she had cared for at the farm on Limestone Road. "I walked him, I tended to him for the last three years and he learned to trust me," Askew said. "I will never forget him and I'll always love him. I have to say goodbye, which is the hardest thing I ever did." Like Guyton, tears came to the eyes of the K-9 officers when they spoke of their partners. "These police service dogs are not just invaluable police tools, they are partners," said teary-eyed Senior Cpl. Charles Sayers of his K-9 partner, Brian, who died last year. Senior Cpl. Anthony Scelsi said K-9 Britta had to be euthanized in August for health reasons. The German shepherd served for eight years before being retired in 2004. Cpl. Terry O'Conner's canine partner, Cinta, had a stroke in December. As each of the officers shared memories of their service animals, a trio of mounted horses and six K-9s and their handlers stood by at attention.
submitted by Dawn Lanhan