Memorials to Fallen K-9s
The F.A.S.T. Co. donates sets of memorial cards to all partners 
 I need your help to inform me of such losses.

Dept. addresses available for those who want to send condolences to officers. See below
In Loving Memory of
October 4, 1994 - June 6, 2008

Handler Officer Steven J. Flaherty Jr.
Waterbury Police Department

Waterbury, Connecticut

k9 Chevy born October 4,1994 passed June 6,2008 a Belgium Mallinios Handler Officer Steven J Flaherty Jr. of Waterbury Police Department Connecticut, Chevy has medals for narcotics, finding murderers, and missing people. He also has first place trophies
 from the CPWDA,Chevy was retired after having several seizures from the heat later in his career in 2007
He will be missed by Officer Flaherty Jr. and his Family forever.

In Loving Memory of

August 27, 2009
Handler: Officer David Gove 
Franklin Police Department
911 Panther Way
Franklin, MA 02038-2982
(508) 528-1212
Franklin Police dog gets final tribute
A police motorcade of five cruisers and a motorcycle passed by the Franklin Police Station yesterday to honor police dog Chase, a 10-year veteran of the force, who died yesterday. All on-duty police officers stood in front of the station, as did members of the Fire Department who came to pay their respects. Chase retired from the force last year and was euthanized yesterday at Medway Animal Hospital after a short battle with lymphoma. Officer David Gove said that even riding in the cruiser with its lights flashing on the way to the hospital yesterday, Chase was "all excited and barking and jumping up and down like he was ready to go."
"He loved being a K-9 ... Unfortunately his body had just given out on him," Gove said. Chase was retired last year to be a full-time pet at the home of Officer Michael Gilboy when he "got a little slower and began to show his age a little bit," Gove said. Another German shepherd, Ehre, joined the force at that time. Gove said 10 years is a very long time for a tracking dog to serve on a police force and the 12-year-old dog did more years on the service than most police dogs live. "Chase was a police officer for 10 years," Gove said. "He was a great dog, he served the town and the department extremely well - we are going to miss him."
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
Wilson Maximum Code Red
August 15, 2009

andler: Sgt.Todd Dokweiler
Arcata Police Department

736 F St
Arcata, CA 95521-6272
(707) 822-2428 - Fax (707) 822-8018

Canine unexpectedly dies
A 7-year-old police dog with the Arcata Police Department died Saturday while off duty. Wilson Maximum Code Red, “Cody” for short, was taken to a local veterinarian early Saturday for stomach problems and later died, according to an APD press release. Cody was an American Kennel Club Labrador Retriever and had been trained in narcotic detection. He joined the force in 2003 and had nearly 300 narcotic finds, from finding trace amounts of cocaine to over three pounds of heroin and two pounds of methamphetamine. Sgt. Todd Dokweiler was Cody's handler and they worked county-wide with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, California Department of Corrections, US Forest Service, and the United States Postal Service. ”Cody played an important role in our department, not only as a working dog, but also as an enthusiastic, high-energy companion that could instantly put a smile on your face when he came barreling down the office hallway at top speed,” said police Capt. Tom Chapman in a press release.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
Date: 2009

New Orleans Police Department

1300 Perdido St.
New Orleans, LA 70112

HEARTWORM  (wrote to webmaster for more about Carlos and a photo and DOD)
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
April 24, 2009

Handler:  Donna M. Hiorns
SAR- Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
103 Old Iron Rd.
Bloomfield, CT

My beloved COLE, I love you now and I'll love you forever, My hero ... retired Fidelco Guide Dog.
"I miss him so much it still makes my heart ache.  He would just watch every move I made, so loving and devoted." (Donna)

In Loving Memory of
May 12, 2009
Handler:  Josh Brown
Wichita County Sheriff's Office

Office David Duke
Sheriff 900 Seventh St.
Wichita Falls, TX

Root canal surgery ends life of K9 partner
Jessica Langdon (Contact)Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Josh Brown walks with his K9 partner at the scene of a major drug bust at 274 Cartwright. Brown is the first K9 handler for the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office.  TRN file photo Josh Brown walks with his K9 partner at the scene of a major drug bust at 274 Cartwright. Brown is the first K9 handler for the Wichita County Sheriff’s Department.

When Deputy Josh Brown and his 4-year-old K9 partner joined the ranks of the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office in January, everyone looked forward to seeing the results the German shepherd would bring, especially in the fight against drugs. Clif did make a dent, one of his major accomplishments coming in March when he sniffed out more than 100 grams of what authorities believe was well-concealed cocaine in a vehicle that was passing through Wichita County. Clif’s unexpected death Saturday during a routine root canal operation came as a shock to Brown — who has worked with him for years through a partnership that began in Clay County and this year moved to Wichita County — and to their colleagues at the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office. When the pair came to Wichita County, Brown let the office know Clif had a tooth problem that would need work; and Saturday, he took his dog to the Dallas area for oral surgery with a veterinarian who specializes in that field. Brown was there when they put Clif under for his surgery and stayed throughout the procedure. About four hours in, the unexpected news came — Clif was crashing and within a short time, he had died. Clif would have turned 5 next month. It was a long trip home for Brown, who raised Clif as part of his family. He bought Clif from Clay County when he joined the WCSO. You know going into K9 work that the eventual loss of a dog is one of the drawbacks, he said. The loss of Clif came out of the blue. Brown’s 6-year-old daughter, who has known Clif most of her life, gave Brown one of her stuffed German shepherd puppies this weekend which also shared the name Clif. She also offered some of the most comforting words to her family after their dog’s death. “‘Mommy, God just needed a dog, and He got the best one,’” Brown quoted her Monday. Brown, a certified dog handler, said he “definitely” wants to work with another dog, and the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office wants to bring another dog onto the force. However, Sheriff David Duke said, there is no money for that within the 2009 budget. With a request already to add 27 positions in his proposed 2010 budget, money for a dog won’t come then, either. With that in mind, he appealed to individuals, organizations and businesses within the community to help with the purchase of a new dog for the county. The dog’s main purpose is to work in drug interdiction, he said. Brown estimated that one dog working for a year can reduce the need for 600 to 800 man hours.The initial cost of buying a dog runs from $5,000 to $10,000, he said. Duke said it was always comforting to know Brown’s K9 partner was with him when he could hear the dog barking in the background when Brown called in on the radio. Duke said, in his opinion, a dog is a necessity in keeping a proactive role in the fight against drugs in the community. “These people are getting better at hiding these items,” he said, and the investigations are labor-intensive, so having a dog plays a major role. He had hoped to have two dogs at some point; the loss of Clif places the office back at the point of getting one dog for now. Being a K9 handler isn’t for everyone. “You have to have the heart and will to be tied to a K9,” not only during working hours, but at home, as well, Duke said. “That’s a dedicated person,” he said. He wants to see Brown paired with a new dog in the near future. The use of donated funds would have to go before the Commissioners Court for final approval, and Duke plans to address that soon. He broke the news of Clif’s death to the commissioners during Monday’s meeting. He urged anyone interested in donating funds for a dog to contact him or Brown at the Sheriff’s Office at (940) 766-8170.
Reporter Jessica Langdon can be reached at (940) 763-7530 or by e-mail at langdonj(at)Times
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
April 17, 2009
Handler: Brad Smith
26225 NE Stephens St.
Duvall, WA  98019

Go to the Police Department

Painting of K9 Cyrus (above) is by Tracy Klett

K9 Cyrus was born with the name of Armando vom Scharwachter in Germany.  Attached is his bloodline . 

He was born on Sept. 20, 2001.  I handled him from May 2003 until December 2004 as a Dual Purpose (Narcotics Detection/Patrol)K9 while employed at the Stillwater County Sheriff's Office in Columbus, MT.  While employed at the Stillwater County Sheriff's Office we were certified as a Dual Purpose Team by the North American Police Work Dog Association.  From January 2005 until his death on April 17, 2009 he was employed as a Narcotics Detection K9 at the Duvall Police Department in Duvall, WA.  While employed at the Duvall Police Department we were certified as a Narcotics Detection Team by the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association.  K9 Cyrus was responsible for several hundred narcotics related arrests during his career.  He assisted numerous outside police agencies in Narcotics Detection and Search Warrants such as: Snoqualmie PD, Bellevue PD, Redmond PD, Issaquah PD, Kirkland PD, Bothell PD and Seattle PD.K9 Cyrus was awarded First Place in Narcotics Detection and First Place in the Overall Competition (Narcotics Detection/Patrol) among numerous local, state and federal dog teams at the Crazy Mountain Kennels 2004 K9 Competition in Big Timber, MT.K9 Cyrus became sick and lost a tremendous amount of weight early 2009.  K9 Cyrus passed away on April 17, 2009 after a short bout with Intestinal Cancer.
memorial on Friday May 8, 2009 at 1600. 

He will be remembered as a Loving Friend and Partner...    Thank You,   Brad Smith 

In Loving Memory of
February 14, 2009

Handler/Partner: Officer Jason Cummings
Carolina Beach Police Department
1121 N. lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
(910) 458-2540 - fax (910) 458-2988

It is with our saddest regret to inform you that the Kure Beach Police have suffered a great loss.  On February 14, 2009,
K-9 Chess passed away from acute kidney failure.  The onset of the kidney disease was rapid and brought about her death within days. 
K-9 Chess joined the Department in February 2003 and was paired with Officer Jason Cummings.  This team instantly became the perfect match for out Department and our community.  In Chess’s career, she tracked and located suspects who had fled on foot, located narcotics hidden in vehicles, cargo ships and airplanes.  She also served as our goodwill ambassador to various schools from pre-k through college.  Her willingness to work anytime and anywhere was incredible. Chess was also very competitive.  Within the United States Police Canine Association, Chess brought home trophies from each and every trial beginning in 2003.  In 2004, Chess was ranked 4th Best Dog in the Nation and was named “Top Dog” in the region in 2007.  Exceptional.  K-9 Chess was truly an everyday hero.  She approached her work, her family and her partner with unconditional love and adoratio

In Loving Memory of
January 30, 2009

Handler: Officer Rolando San Miguel
Laredo Police Department
4712 Maher Ave
Laredo, Texas 78041

Officer loses K-9 partner to cancer

It's a story about a fallen hero that you don't hear often. A dog named Cito that worked as a K-9 for the Laredo Police Department for more than eight years. But on Friday his partner had to say goodbye. Our Noraida Negron has the story. "He lived with me for eight and a half years. He was my partner. He was the best partner I had."  The best indeed says Officer Rolando San Miguel, Cito was his best friend. The pair have an extensive history together and they have taken many drugs off the streets. One example when Cito found more than seven hundred pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop.  Cito also found more than two hundred pounds of cocaine.
"We had so many busts together theres just too many, too many to pick one out. Its hard but we had our share of loads together." This is video of Cito training with San Miguel to locate narcotics.  But Cito was his partner on and off the field.  " At home we spent a lot of time together, whenever we went to the park, he was always around the family."
It wasn't until this past year that they found out Cito had cancer. It started with a tumor on his paw the vet removed it but within a month and a half the cancer was back.  "They send off to test it and it came back that it was cancer. They ran tests on him and it had spread through his body and he had lung cancer." The last three months Cito was off duty trying to beat the cancer. But it was too late. " This last month he was really bad. He was literally bleeding to death. So we had to put him down."  An emotional end to an eight-and-a-half year partnership between officer and friends.  Officer San Miguel says Cito was the best dog he's ever had. He has requested another K-9. 
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA