Memorials to Fallen K-9s
The F.A.S.T. Co. donates sets of memorial cards to all partners 
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Dept. addresses available for those who want to send condolences to officers. See below

In Loving Memory of
May 4, 1998 - August 17, 2009

Handler:  Sgt. Arthur Fredericks
Bloomfield Police Department
785 Park Avenue 

Bloomfield, CT 06002-2444 
(860) 242-5501

Officer Federicks and his K-9 partner "Bodo", tracked and located a suspect wanted for a home invasion. The suspect committed the crime while armed with a shotgun. During the incident the suspect had also assaulted the homeowner with a large knife.
Officer Fredericks and "Bodo" tracked the suspect approximately 2 miles in a steady rain before apprehending. The suspect had a large cut on his neck from and apparent attempt at suicide. The suspect was apprehended without injury to him or law enforcement officer's.
   submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

Handler - unknown name
Alameda Police Department

An Alameda police dog trying to flush out a burglary suspect was shot and killed by an officer Thursday after the dog attacked her and bit her arm, a police spokesman said.   Billy, a Belgian Malinois, and his handler were among those responding to a burglary at the Coast Guard recruiting center at 660 Central Ave. shortly before 6:15 a.m., police Lt. Bill Scott said. Billy bit a uniformed officer assisting on the call. The dog did not let go when his handler ordered him to do so, and the officer being bitten shot him three times, killing him, Scott said.  The officer, whose name is not released has been with the department for 2 years.  She was treated for bite wounds to her left arm at Highland Hospital in Oakland and was released.
Immediately after the dog was shot, burglary suspect, D. W. Kirk, 56, emerged with items he had allegedly stolen but refused to surrender, Scott said.  He was arrested after a brief struggle and was treated at Alameda Hospital for minor lacerations.  Billy had been with the department for more than -.thr33 years and was assigned to his current handler in September.  On May 5th another police Belgian Malinois died after being left inside an Alameda officer's personal sport utility vehicle as the officer attended a use-of-force training exercise.  After several hours, the officer returned to his vehicle which had at least one window own for ventilation and found his dog near death.  The dog died at a veterinary hospital. The officer was not charged.  Police said the handler in that case was not the officer who was Billy's handler.  The department has suspended the use of its two remaining police dogs pending a review of "all the facts" of the K9 program, including the circumstances that ended up to Billy being deployed and his death.

In Loving Memory of
February 11, 2009

Handler: Jess Quidachay
Kansas Department of Corrections
900 SW Jackson St.
Topeka, KS 66612-1284
Ph: 785-296-3317

"Benno" passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2009. "Beeno" spent the couple of years with Jess Quidachay, of the Kansas Department of Corrections. "Benno" was originally trained and assigned to KPDA Trainer Rick Elliott and after Rick's passing, "Benno" retired with Quidachay. He served a number of years with the Kansas Department of Corrections before his retirement. "Benno" apparenty had kidney failure, which ultimately lead to his death.
"Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in."
- Mark Twain
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
September 1,2009


Handler: Rescue Officer Flynn Lamont
Vancouver Fire Department
Capt. Gabe Roder and all SAR teams

Vancouver fire department search-and-rescue dog Barkley dies of cancer
The city's fire and rescue community is mourning the loss of a long-serving member today — one with four legs and a shaggy, golden coat of fur. The Vancouver fire department said Tuesday their 13-year-old search dog, Barkley, has died after a short battle with cancer. Department spokesman Capt. Gabe Roder said Barkley had a rough few days recently and was taken to a veterinarian, where he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The golden retriever worked for Vancouver Fire and Rescue and the city's urban search-and-rescue team for 11 years, said Roder. His career as a rescue dog included a stint helping out in the 2005 Hurricane Katrina relief effort on the Gulf Coast and the North Vancouver mudslide that same year.

Barkley was involved in many other high-profile cases for police departments around the Lower Mainland helping to locate cadavers, he said. His handler, Rescue Officer Flynn Lamont, will be among a group holding a brief memorial for Barkley on Wednesday morning. Roder said Lamont has his other service dog, Cooper, to console him, but the loss of the shaggy vet is still difficult. Work will begin shortly on training a new service dog for the department, he said.  "[Lamont] is going to go out soon and look for a new puppy, and give Cooper a new friend," said Roder.   
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
August 30, 2009

Handler: Under the leadership of Chief Constable, Mike Craik
Northumbria Police Department
03456 043 043

Man arrested after police dog found dead at handler's home
A man has been arrested after a Northumbria Police dog was found dead at his handler's home this morning. The 33-year-old arrested man, from Linton, Morpeth, is being held on suspicion of making threats to kill the dog handler and conspiring to hurt the German Shepherd, named Buzz. Police are trying to establish how the dog died and if it is linked to the alleged threats made against the officer. The nine-year-old dog lived at his handler's home in Amble.  A police spokeswoman said: "Northumbria Police take very seriously threats made against our own staff in the course of their duties, and this remains the priority of the investigation. "We are carrying out inquiries to find out if the death of Buzz is linked to this investigation. "Should the cause of death be proved to be suspicious, this is a horrible incident which has led to the death of a dog who has given years of loyal service to the public and Northumbria Police. "He had also formed a strong and lasting bond with his handler and his handler's family. "Police dogs live at home with their handlers and become a part of the family."

Northumbria Police serves a population of 1.5 million people and covers an area of more than 2,000 square miles in the North East of England, from the Scottish border down to County Durham and from the Pennines across to the North East coast. Northumbria is one of the largest forces in the country and is recognized as one of the top performing in the UK.  Under the leadership of Chief Constable, Mike Craik, Northumbria Police is committed to a philosophy of 'Total Policing', dedicated to reducing crime and disorder and building trust and confidence in its communities.  The force has around 4,100 police officers, 2,500 police staff, Special Constables and Community Support Officers (CSOs), who work together to prevent, detect and reduce crime in the Northumbria area. The force is split into six geographical area commands and supported by 12 specialist departments.


Police dog found dead after threats 

An investigation is underway into whether the death of a "loyal" police dog was connected to threats to kill its handler. Buzz, a nine-year-old German shepherd, was found dead on Monday morning at the home of the officer in Amble, Northumberland. The Northumbria Police have arrested a 33-year-old man, from Linton, Morpeth, who is being questioned on suspicion of making threats to kill a serving police dog handler and conspiring to cause damage to the dog. A force spokesman said: "Northumbria Police take very seriously threats made against our own staff in the course of their duties and this remains the priority of the investigation. "We are carrying out inquiries to find out if the death of Buzz is connected to this investigation. "Should the cause of death be proven to be suspicious, this is a horrible incident which has led to the death of a dog who had given years of loyal service to the public and Northumbria Police. "He had also formed a strong and lasting bond with his handler and his handler's family.  "Police dogs live at home with their handlers and they become part of the family." 

Northumberland: An investigation was under way today into whether the death of a "loyal" police dog was connected to threats to kill its handler.  Buzz, a nine-year-old German shepherd, was found dead yesterday morning at the home of the officer in Amble.  Northumbria Police have arrested a 33-year-old man.

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
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In Loving Memory of
July 10, 2009

Handler: Det. Constable Peter MacDonald
Durham Regional Police Service

480 Taunton Road E
Whitby, Ontario L1N5R5
Phone: (905) 579-1520 - Fax: (905) 430-2502
Contact: Al McDonald
Web Site:
Durham Regional Police Service

Passing of Police Service Dog, BRIX
DRPS is mourning the loss of long-serving police dog Brix . He was taken to the veterinarian on July 10th in poor health and the decision was made to end his suffering. Brix was 10-years-old and had served with DRPS for eight years.  Brix worked with his handler Detective Constable Peter MacDonald and the Canine Unit since May of 2001 when he began his career at the age of two. Up until his passing, Brix was still an active member of the unit and was about to enter retirement. Brix worked tirelessly throughout his career by performing several security sweeps after 9-11, helping with countless bomb searches, aiding as security with high profile court cases as well as diplomatic visits to the area.  Brix was DRP’s first and only dog trained to deal with explosives and Titan will be the police service dog to take his position.
Our thoughts are with D/Cst. MacDonald and members of the Canine Unit as one of their beloved dogs is laid to rest.

Brix,10, served with Durham police for eight years
Durham Regional Police members are mourning the loss of one of their own. Ten-year-old police dog Brix was taken to the vet due to poor health on July 10 and was then put down. Since the age of two in May 2001 Brix worked with his handler Detective Constable Peter MacDonald and the canine unit. He's been an active member since then and was about to enter retirement.  Brix has performed several security sweeps after 9-11, has helped with countless bomb searches and aided as security with high profile court cases and diplomatic visits to Durham. He was the first and only dog trained to deal with explosives. A dog named Titan will take over the position.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
June 10, 2009

Handler: Investigator Greg James
Elmira Police Department
317 E. Church St.
Elmira, NY 14901
ph: 607 735.8600

A 'one-of-a-kind dog': Elmira police praise Bubba, a great friend
Narcotics canine served 8 years -
Bubba, a state-certified narcotics detection canine, died Wednesday, just short of his 14th birthday.  
Bubba was a "people person" - one of the best that the Elmira Police Department had, his friends and associates will tell you. But he wasn't a person at all. Bubba was a black Labrador retriever and a New York state-certified narcotics detection canine. He served briefly with the Addison Police Department and then with the Elmira police for eight years, until his retirement in 2006. Bubba, who would have been 14 years old on June 29, died Wednesday. Investigator Greg James, who was given the dog as a puppy by a friend, and who trained and worked with him all those years, said he took some comfort in the fact that Bubba was no longer suffering from the effects of old age. He said the dog was losing his sight and had difficulty getting around. "It was to the point where I was almost glad," James said. "The quality of life that he was living was terrible." James acknowledged that the loss wasn't his alone. "It wasn't my dog, really," he said. "He was everybody's dog in the police  department."  James said Bubba became the department mascot and had the run of city hall. "It was not unusual to have to go to a call and not be able to find Bubba because he was taken to city court to see the judges or to the communication center to be with the dispatchers," James said. "Dog biscuits were not difficult to find: Milk-bones were in people's lockers, desk drawers and cabinets." But Bubba was much more than a mascot. He helped city police and other agencies locate drugs and the dealers who sold them. He was certified in the detection of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and hashish, James said. Bubba received a Life Savings Award and numerous certificates of appreciation throughout his career. James said the dog assisted in more than 1,000 drug cases, including more than 300 during which he tracked suspects or missing persons. "Bubba aided the Elmira Police Department and other agencies in the seizure of hundreds of pounds of marijuana and several pounds of cocaine in his eight-year career," James said. "He was also involved in the seizure of thousands and thousands of dollars of currency and automobiles that were seized through asset forfeiture." Also, Bubba went along to schools and community events regularly to help children understand the work of the police and the need for them to stay away from drugs. Elmira Deputy Chief Michael Robertson said his favorite Bubba story was from 1998 when the dog found a missing elderly man who suffered from Alzheimer's. "Bubba located a track and ended up locating the man down an abandoned logging road, far from civilization," Robertson said. "The man was dehydrated but otherwise unharmed. I, however, am convinced that Bubba's work in finding the guy prevented potential death of the subject." Bubba lived with James and his family, which includes his three children under the age of 10. "I'll be all right," James said of his ability to deal with Bubba's death, "if I can just keep the kids' minds off it." And it's not just James and his family who feel the loss. "Bubba was a one-of-a-kind dog," James said, "and we at EPD and city hall are all lucky to have had him as a part of our lives."
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
May 2, 2009

Handler: Officer George Flanagan  
Springfield Police Department
130 Pearl Street
Springfield, MA 01105
TEL 413.787.6322 
Beloved K-9 Officer Dies
The Springfield Police Department is mourning the loss of a much loved K-9 officer. The department is now looking to the community for help in getting a new dog. George Flanagan and "Bojar" were a team since 2002. Their partnership sadly came to an end May 2nd when Bojar had to be put down after developing an aggressive cancer. Flanangan and Bojar had been part of a team of 8 officers and their canines that patrol the streets of Springfield. This is one of the dogs, "Nitro."
Bojar himself had a stellar career and was responsible for numerous arrests of felons and drug seizures. Flanagan says, "He had to search a three story home that our fugitive protection unit had just searched and they were not able to find the fugitive that they knew was in the house because they saw him but just were not able to find him and Bojar actually sniffed him out, he was hiding in the wall of the house." The Springfield Police Department is looking for another dog.
They say having the K-9's are not only an asset to the department but also the community. Many of the dogs have been responsible in finding lost children and the elderly. On top of that they are used to find criminals and detect drug stashes and find hidden firearms. Sgt. John Delaney says, "We need somebody to step forward in the community to take the ball and more or less get us a new canine, they cost money and the city is having financial problems right now and we're hoping that someone in Springfield who may have been assisted by a canine will come forward and assist us in getting a dog." The department will need to raise $6000 to do it.
 submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir.. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
May 8, 2009

Handler: Sheriff's Deputy David Holmes
Allegan County Sheriff's Office
112 Walnut St.
Allegan, MI 49010

Allegan County K-9 dog Basco passes away, remembered for drive, patience with children
Our condolences to the Allegan County Sheriff's Office and to Deputy David Holmes, who lost a retired member of the family last week. K-9 Deputy Basco, a 10-year-old German Shepherd from the Netherlands, passed away May 8 of natural causes. Basco, who started his career with the Sheriff's Office in 2001 and retired in 2007, was the partner of Holmes. "In my opinion, he was like a machine," Holmes said in a phone interview. "I'd get teased (by fellow officers) in training ... they said I could wait in the car and send Basco in and he'd know what to do without me. He was just an awesome dog."  Holmes said one of Basco's more memorable finds was sniffing out 13 pounds of marijuana in a car. "He just had incredible drive," Holmes said. "When it was time to go to work, that's what he lived for." Holmes had a hard time when it came to retiring Basco in 2003. From that time until his death, Basco lived with the Holmes family in Wayland. Officers have the option of keeping their K-9 Unit dog upon retirement. "He had health issues, and I didn't want to run him till the end," he said. "I wanted him to have the chance to be a dog. He'd follow me all around.
We have cows and he'd follow me out to check on the cows. "It was a sad day when I had to retire him. The first day I took the other dog (Garro, Holmes' partner since Basco's retirement), he was in the kennel and he just looked at me. He knew he was getting replaced." Holmes got Basco when the dog was 3 1/2 years old. He said other officers passed him up because he had a bit of an attitude. "I don't want to say he was anti-social, but he was sort of snooty," Holmes said. "He was definitely a one-man dog. He didn't really care if anyone pet him ... he'd sort of turn his head away.
But he wouldn't hurt a flea. He let kids in kindergarten class pull on him all the time." One of the most rewarding jobs for Holmes and Basco was visiting schools. "Even after he retired and I had the new dog, my daughter (6-year-old Samantha) would beg me to bring Basco to her kindergarten class," Holmes said. "She liked him the best. He's all she knew. You didn't even have to talk to the class. They'd just love having him there and he had a badge he'd wear. The kids just think it's the coolest thing." Holmes said it took a while for Basco to accept him. "When we were first paired up together we stayed in a motel in Clare for four weeks and trained there," Holmes said. "It was like I had to prove something to him. He was snooty to me. But once we got the bond, it was there." There are no plans yet for a memorial service. Holmes said many of the K-9 officers are in training right now and "it's a very busy time." He will make a trip to Grand Rapids Friday, where he'll pick up Basco's ashes from Noah's Pet Cemetery, who did a cremation free of charge. Some of Basco's ashes will rest with other police dogs "on the hill" at the cemetery and a woman has donated a headstone, Holmes said. And while Holmes has Garro, it doesn't make Basco's passing any easier. "It's still hard," Holmes said. "I look out and see an empty kennel where he used to be."
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
April 9, 2009
Handler:  Officer Terry Jones
Asheboro Police Department

205 E Academy St.
Asheboro, NC 27203
(336) 626-1300

Police Dog Who Died of Cancer Honored at Ceremony
With all the pomp and ceremony befitting a fallen officer, the Asheboro Police Department and K-9 officers from across the Piedmont turned out Wednesday to honor Barco, a police dog who died recently of cancer. Barco was officer Terry Jones' constant companion and partner. "He had an overall outgoing, outstanding --I guess you could say -- personality," said Jones of Barco, a highly trained police dog with a specialty in sniffing out bombs."  He and Barco had a very close relationship, just like partners do," said Major Ralph Norton. "He obviously loved the dog." And that love made the discovery of Barco's cancer heard to bear. "It's very painful," said Jones.
As the tight-knit law enforcement community gathered Wednesday to pay tribute to Barco, Police Chief Rickey Wilson presented Jones with his dog's duty badge, collar and lead. "On behalf of the City of Asheboro, the Asheboro Police Department and your fellow workers, your fellow men that worked side by side with you, I just want to thank you for the job you've done and the willingness to step forward and look after Barco. Let this be a token of our appreciation," said Wilson as he presented the items to Jones. Jones is now in the process of training another K-9 partner, but Barco will be missed. "There will never be another Barco," said Jones. 
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

April 20, 2009
Handler: Sgt. John Vasta
Harrison Police Department
650 North St.
Harrison, New York 10528

K-9 Boes, a Harrison police dog, died Monday, seven months after being diagnosed with cancer, the K9's handler Sgt. John Vasta said Friday. Boes, a dog on the force for only four years, was trained in patrol work and drug investigations. Within a month of joining the force in April 2005, Boes was responsible for locating a burglar fleeing into the wooded area off Mamaroneck Avenue, Vasta recalled. He also made several sizable finds of illicit drugs and currency for Harrison police and other agencies. "He will be missed by myself, my family, and the department," he said.  submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
April 2, 2009
Handler: Deputy Mike Cayton
The Lewis County Sheriff's Department
514 Second Street. Suite 102.
KY 41179.
Phone: (606) 796-2912. Fax: (606) 796-2463

The Lewis County Sheriff's Department says goodbye to their four legged deputy.  Deputy Mike Cayton and others held a memorial service to remember their K-9 dog "Buddy."  He served on the force for over 12 years and the black lab was a major asset during drug searches and tracking down missing persons. Cayton says Buddy is one of the oldest working dogs in the country and he'll be greatly missed. Buddy was buried on Cayton's farm and if anyone wants to help them buy a head stone, they can send a donation to the Lewis County Sheriff's Department, attention "Buddy Fund."

Buddy ,a Belgian Malinois, who was euthanized early this year after being diagnosed with cancer.  Buddy’s death caught everyone by surprise, said Sgt. Mike Ellis, who oversees the Police Department’s canine program. Because the dog’s death came suddenly, no one was able to plan for a replacement, Ellis said. The department’s canines are purchased with donations from local business clubs and fraternal organizations. One such group is the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, which holds weekly taco nights to raise money to purchase dogs for the Police Department. However, none of the organizations was prepared to purchase a dog, nor was the Police Department, which has little money to spare due to budget reductions, Ellis said.  With the need for a full canine-handler contingent, the Police Department approached Canidae All Natural Pet Foods and explained the situation. Canidae representatives listened and assisted by providing the $10,300 needed to purchase a new dog, Ellis said. “This is the first dog we’ve purchased,” said Robert Bemis, sales manager for Canidae, though it’s not the first time the firm has worked with law enforcement. The company supports some law enforcement agencies by providing food for their canine programs, Bemis said. The company’s aid came at a critical time, but now the Police Department must prepare for the forthcoming retirement of another dog, Rocky. K9 Rocky will retire in about three months after 11 years of service, Ellis said. People interested in contributing toward the purchase of Rocky’s replacement can attend the Eagles’ taco nights, which begin at 6 p.m. Mondays at the Eagles Lodge, 954 W. Mission Blvd.
Checks can also be made out to the “Eagles K9 Fund” and mailed
in care of
Sgt. Mike Ellis
the Pomona Police Department
 490 W. Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA 91766

Donations will be forwarded to the Eagles. Joseph said canines are a valuable resource to officers, helping in the search for suspects, evidence and weapons. Once Joseph and Baco complete their training together they’ll work in patrol for about a year. Then Baco will begin training in another  field of police canine work such as narcotics searches, an area Buddy was trained in, Joseph said.The area in which Baco and Joseph will train will depend on factors that include the officer’s preferences and the Police Department’s needs, he said.In the meantime Joseph is looking forward to working with Baco. “I’m hoping it’ll be for a long while,” he said.
another article.....
WALKERSVILLE -- The Lewis County Sheriff's Department remembered a beloved colleague in a memorial service on Thursday. Buddy, the county's drug dog, died of cancer on Wednesday. "We got him when he was about a year and a half old," said Deputy Michael Cayton, Buddy's owner and partner. "He was trained in six different drugs." The memorial service had all the traditions of any officer's funeral, and Buddy's owner, handler, and partner Mike Cayton says that is because Buddy was a big asset to the department. Buddy was used a couple times a week to assist officers in car searches. Cayton says that no dog could replace Buddy, but the county will try to fill his position on the force.
"We're playing with the idea of looking for another one, maybe two. We're going to continue on and hope that people remember Buddy and what he did in the county." Buddy was buried in Deputy Cayton's backyard. The sheriff's department is raising funds to buy a headstone for the grave. You can make a donations to the department.
 Just be sure to specify that the donation is for Buddy's headstone.
Story by Dani Brake

In Loving Memory of
April 7, 2009

Handler: Cpl. Kevin Lenahan 
Doylestown Police Department

57 W Court St
Doylestown, PA 18901
Borough police dog dies

Bimmer was 9 1/2 years old. He retired last week after having health problems. The Doylestown Police Department is mourning the loss of its last police dog. Bimmer died Tuesday night. The German shepherd was 9 1/2 years old. Doylestown police Chief James Donnelly said the department got Bimmer about 8 years ago, when he was donated by the Thompson Organization. Bimmer was assigned to Cpl. Kevin Lenahan, the department's DARE officer, and went to classes with him for demonstrations. "I actually got a couple of Facebook messages from young people who knew the dog," Doylestown Council President Det. Ansinn said. "Kids in high school remember him from elementary school." Bimmer was trained as a patrol dog with a specialty in explosives. Donnelly said Bimmer helped police track a suspect in a robbery about a month ago. "He was all right up until last Thursday," Donnelly said. "He had a problem with his face and eye; he couldn't see out of one eye on Thursday evening." Bimmer officially retired Thursday, and Lenahan took him home as a pet. Lenahan took Bimmer to the veterinarian, and then to another vet for an MRI. Donnelly said the veterinarians found that Bimmer had a brain tumor. On Tuesday night, Doylestown Council's Public Safety Committee discussed Bimmer's health and medical bills at its meeting. Ansinn said council agreed that Lenahan should not have to bear the financial burden of Bimmer's diagnosis, and that the borough would pay Bimmer's veterinary bills. Ansinn said he did not know exactly how much the borough had agreed to pay, but there is money already set aside in the police department budget for veterinary bills. Explaining why council decided to pay the veterinary bills, Ansinn said, "These animals serve a great community purpose. They serve a law enforcement role. It's been said they're also our little furry ambassadors." The Doylestown Police Department does not have any other police dogs. Donnelly said the department is still considering whether it will get another to replace Bimmer.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

April 1, 2009
Handler: Officer William Hecker  
Bartlett Police Department
228 S. Main Street
Bartlett, IL 60103
Non-Emergency: (630) 837-0846
Bartlett loses its first K-9 officer
Bartlett Police Department's first K-9 officer, Bart, died, Wednesday after suffering a medical condition that paralyzed his back legs, police said. Bart was 14.  The village's first K-9 officer, Bart, was 14 years old. Bart was euthanized Wednesday after suffering a medical condition that paralyzed his back legs, police said. The department added the four-legged officer to its force in 1996. Bart, then two years old, was assigned to Officer William Hecker. The duo trained together at TOPS Kennels in Grayslake. Bart made his first arrest less than 30 minutes after receiving certification when, on the drive back to Bartlett, the team assisted a Lake County sheriff's deputy in capturing a felon who was fleeing on foot. The pair responded to 800 service calls during Bart's eight-year career. The team was responsible for several felony arrests in Bartlett and other areas and worked on narcotics, missing persons and tracking cases. Bart was also a beloved community member, whose name was chosen by a village-wide poll of elementary students. In 2001, a 10-year-old raised more than $400 to buy Bart a bullet-resistant vest. The K-9 team also made appearances at National Night Out events and DARE graduations.Bart retired from the force in 2004 and spent his golden years at home with Hecker. "I did little things around house with him because I didn't want him to get too lazy," Hecker said. "He started to slow down, and his spine gave out." Hecker described the bond between service dog and handler as unique. "You train with these dogs. They are by your side 24 hours a day," he said. "When I had to put him down, it was like somebody losing their son. Not only did I lose my partner,
I lost my son." 
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
January 1999 - February 12, 2009

Handler:  Officer Steven Flaherty, Jr.
Waterbury Police Department
55 East Main Street 
Waterbury, CT 06702
(203) 574-6920

K9Bleek and Officer Steven Flaherty served in the Waterbury PD from 2001 till 2005.  He is credited with locating numerous narcotics  and locating several burglars during a track.  He has been living with my family for the past 3 yrs in Maine.  submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
March 24, 2009

Handler: Lt. Pete Fisher
Muskingum County Sheriff's Office
28 N 4th St
Zanesville, Ohio 43701
Sheriff's Office Says Goodbye to Furry Friend
The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office is saying goodbye to a member of its team. Canine Brico died yesterday. He had been working with the Sheriff's Office for nine years. Lt. Pete Fisher was his handler. Muskingum County Sheriff, Matt Lutz, says Brico became ill, and his office made the decision to put Brico down. "The vet felt that he wasn't going to recover. So, they had to make a decision to do that. I think Lt. Fisher was kind of expecting it. They had gone to the vet within the past week, and they tried some medicine. They couldn't get him to ear. So, I think it came to the point where he was just suffering, " says Lutz. Lutz says the 11-year-old Dutch malinois was an all-around trained dog. "He's trained in tracking both criminals and looking for items that are discarded by suspects. He's used for tracking missing people. He's trained in all kinds of police tactics and techniques, as far as biting and a take-down of suspects. He's trained in search and seizure of narcotics. We've used him in search warrants. We've used him on traffic stops. You name it, and he was pretty good about doing it, " says Lutz. Lutz says Brico worked on a number of cases. The one that sticks out in his mind is Brico's work in tracking the murder of Deputy Robert Tanner back on January 8th, 2002. Brico was one of four dogs that worked with the Sheriff's Office. Lutz says his office does plan on getting another dog, but he says all the officers will be honoring Brico this Saturday. A memorial service will be held at Hallowed Hills around 10 a.m., following a police procession. 

Final salute to Brico Gatherers say goodbye to furry partner and friend at memorial service

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz addresses attendees during Saturday's ceremony for Brico, an 11-year-old Dutch Malinois,  at Hallowed Hills in Zanesville. Brico had been Muskingum County Sheriff's Lt. Pete Fisher's partner for the past nine years  until medical issues forced Fisher to have him euthanized. Brico's last call of service was March 23, 2009. Brico, an 11-year-old Dutch malinois, had been Muskingum County Sheriff's Lt. Pete Fisher's partner for the past nine years until medical issues forced Fisher to have him euthanized. Brico was honored Saturday morning at Hallowed Hills by members of the sheriff's office, the Zanesville Police Department, county and city officials, members of
the Muskingum County Adult Probation Department, the county prosecutor's office and the county dog warden's office.
Brico was known not just for his aggressive actions on the streets and his devoted love for Fisher, but for his ability to be just as content and happy in the company of children. On display for those attending the ceremony were letters written by school children thanking Fisher and Brico for showing that a K-9 is not just for tracking suspects or apprehension, but for keeping them safe and allowing them to pet him after Fisher and Brico paid a visit to the schools.
Sheriff Matt Lutz said the chemistry between Fisher and Brico was unsurpassed and he knows that Fisher has been left with a huge void in his life. "Brico was also known throughout the department as being able to get any job given to him done," Lutz said. "He made 33 apprehensions, located 20 tracks and recovered thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs and money used in drug operations. While he was a cop with a little more hair than the rest of us, in a lot better shape then some of us, had a lot sharper teeth than all of us, his most unique trait was that his bite was worse than his bark."  Lutz said the K-9 units, like Brico and Fisher, are more than partners, they become family. The 11 K-9 officers showing respect to Brico at the service Saturday all agreed that their dog means "everything" to them. Heath Police Officer Mark Emde had his K-9 Bella with him at the service and he agreed - Bella is everything. Licking County Deputy Randy Morton with his K-9 Mac, had tears in his eyes as he fondly remembered Brico. "Mac and I have pretty much been with Brico and Pete from the beginning," Morton said. "There are no words to really express how all of us feel for Pete today. These dogs are our world. They'd die for us in a heartbeat and you can't get more loyal than that."
Newark Police Officers Art Minton with his partner Arsene and Steve Benner with his partner Perro agreed with Morton. "You can never replace the loyalty you get with these dogs," Minton said. Zanesville Police Office Mike Schick said his partner, Bosco, is just another member of his family. "Sometimes it seems we spend more time with the dogs then we do with our family," Schick said. "They are completely loyal and sometimes the first one in a situation and the last one out. When someone loses one, even if it's another department, we all feel the loss." Deputy Pat Keck and his K-9 Nitro were one of the first to stand at attention during the ceremony and salute Fisher and his other partner, Zero. Keck said Brico will be forever missed in the department. Lutz agreed that the K-9 units are "strong, brave, loyal and will lay down their lives for their partner without hesitation," Lutz said. "We feel that we've lost another officer, not a dog. Pete has lost his partner, not a dog." Lutz remembered when Brico and Fisher helped capture the suspects in the murder
of Deputy Bob Tanner on Jan. 8,2002."It was one of the coldest nights of the year and Brico was able to track the three suspects in a dense wooded area in Morgan County," Lutz said. "Because of Brico and Fisher, that man was apprehended without incident." Brico is also credited with tracking a suspect who got into an altercation with a Somerset Police Officer. When the suspect abandoned his car on Maysville Pike and tried to escape, Brico was the first one to capture and hold him while Fisher and Sgt. Brady Hittle caught up. But what makes Lutz smile the most when talking about Brico was how he was with children." Here's this dog that will take down a suspect with no hesitation, jump into any situation, and he'll lay down on the floor and let little kids rub his stomach and crawl all over him," Lutz said. "He was just a great officer and a loyal friend. We know he's left a paw print on Pete's heart."  
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA