to Fallen K-9s
F.A.S.T. Co. donates sets of memorial cards to all partners
need your help to inform me of such
Dept. addresses available for those who want to send
condolences to officers. See below
In Loving Memory
July 23, 2009
Retired with Judy .....
and Border Protection
Hate to give you some bad news…Sean’s work-dog
, Elvis was put
down today. He was retired for 3 years and living the life with
his new mom Judy. It was pretty sad, as it always is. He was
11. I know Sean will be contacting you about him. It is pretty
hard on Judy—this is the first dog she has had to put down.
submitted by: Steph Gardner Mulligan.
You can go to
www.facebook.com and get all the goods.
In Loving Memory of
Handler: Officer Kevin O’Malley
San Francisco Police Department
Heather J. Fong
Assistant Chief Jim Lynch
850 Bryant St., #525
(415)553-1551. Fax (415)553-1554
Police dog made a
name with his nose
He had the perfect nose for fighting crime.
In a short
lifetime, he helped law enforcement agencies sniff out more than $5
million worth of drugs and illegal cash. In one record bust at San
Francisco International Airport, he flagged 315 pounds of marijuana
and uncovered $165,000 in drug money.
But the selfless heroism of a police pooch named Elway has come to
an end. The record-setting drug-detection dog, who spent the
majority of his storied career sniffing luggage at SFO, died
peacefully late last month after 12 years on the job, police said.
He was 14.
Now Elway, who was employed by the San Francisco Police Department
and regarded by officers as “the leading dog in Northern California
for drug and money seizures,” is being honored by his fellow crime
fighters for a job well done. The secret of Elway’s success
was rather simple: His constant smile and good looks often made the
work of detecting drugs much easier, said Officer Kevin O’Malley,
Elway’s handler at SFO.
“People would walk up to him with their suitcase to pet him,” he
said. “[Meanwhile], they were getting searched.”
The SFPD staffs two drug-detection dogs at SFO and another 10
bomb-detection dogs, O’Malley said.
Some are German shepherds, others are Belgian Malinois and one was a
Labrador retriever. Elway was the only golden retriever on the
canine team, he said.
Golden retrievers “have that inherent instinct to retrieve and a
really strong play drive,” O’Malley said. And it was that doggedness
that made Elway such a strong asset to law enforcement.
Elway was not only used at the airport, but for major narcotics
busts carried out across the Bay Area, he said.
Michael McCarron, SFO’s chief spokesman, said he knew Elway well and
will miss him dearly.
“Whenever I would see Kevin and Elway, I would always ask how
Kevin’s ‘partner’ was doing,” McCarron said. “Kevin would usually
respond with a smile, ‘He’s getting all the glory and never doing
any of the paperwork.’”
While O’Malley is saddened by the loss of Elway, he hopes to have a
new “partner” soon. Right now, an 11-month-old golden retriever
named Jackson is vying for the position. The young pooch will learn
whether he’s earned the job following a three-month training
submitted by Jim
Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
In Loving Memory of
DIED - LAST
WEEK ( congestive heart failure )
Sheriff's Deputy - Kurt Wright
Washington County Sheriff's Office
750 South 5300 West
Hurricane, Utah 84737
(435) 656-6500 (called for more info)
Washington County's first dual purpose police dog
passed away last week from congestive heart failure brought on by
advanced years. Echo, a purebred German shepherd, with specialties
in narcotics detection and criminal tracking and apprehension was
13-years-old and had been the constant partner of former sheriff's
deputy Kurt Wright. When Wright retired from the sheriff's office in
June 2002 to work as the Springdale Police Chief full-time, Echo
also retired and remained with Wright as his pet.
Wright said he got Echo when he was two-years-old and the two worked
for four years. "He was an amazing dog and was very intelligent,"
Wright said Echo was purchased with confiscated drug money and came
from a line of dual purpose police dogs. Echo's father and
grandfather worked for the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.
Washington County Sheriff Kirk Smith said Echo and Wright were a
great team. "Echo paved the way for dogs in law enforcement in
Washington County," Smith said. "There were lots of positive things
that were accomplished."
Jean Hooks, DMV, said one of her fondest memories of Echo was when
Echo and Molly, a bloodhound, with the Sheriff's Office, tracked two
suspects in the rain for about a half mile before finding the two
men. Hooks said what was amazing was that one of the suspects
complimented the officers for their good work and also praised the
dogs. "I enjoyed working with Echo as a co-searcher and as a
patient," Hooks said. Pam Humphreys, a retired Washington County
Sheriff's Office Patrol Sergeant said Echo was her hero.
"He was so protective - a great family dog and was very sweet,"
Humphreys said. "As a working dog, he was exceptional. He didn't
hesitate - he knew what he was supposed to do." Humphreys said she
observed Echo on the job over many, occasions and said the dog was
highly trained. "I will miss him tremendously. He was a good loyal
friend," she said. When he worked with the Sheriff's Department,
Wright said Echo was on call 24-7 and never missed a day.
As a four-footed
officer, Echo even had his own bullet-proof vest and until his and
Wright's retirement, was a familiar site on the east side of
Washington County where the two patrolled. Wright said during the
years the two spent together on the job, the dog spent 12 hours a
day with him on patrol and the two did many public demonstrations.
"He was my best friend and will be sorely missed," Wright said
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
In Loving Memory of
EGON VOM DUNKELSTERN
05/07/1995 - 02/04/2009
13:29:06 - 0600
Houston ISD Police Department
Victor L. Mitchell, Interim Chief of Police
Houston, Texas 77021-1244
District Mail Route 2
Main: 713-842-3715 Fax: 713-842-3752
Egon, my German Shepherd Police K9, was born on May 7, 1995. His parents
were Vador Vom Fourniermuhlenbach (Sire) and Ascha Vom Waggoner (Dam). His
father was a champion show dog out of Dallas, Texas. His mother was from
I purchased Egon in June of 1996 when he was 13 months old. He had been
trained for Narcotics Detection work and Man-Tracking. When I first got Egon,
I must admit that I didn't know the first thing about handling a working
police K9. When I brought Egon home for the first time, my wife and I sat in
the living room of our home as Egon sat across the room looking at us. We
just looked at each other and asked, "What the hell have we just done?"
Looking at him I said, "I know that you know what to do, but I don't have a
clue. I sure hope I don't mess you up."
At the time I got Egon I was employed as a police officer for the Houston
Independent School District. H.I.S.D. They had never had a K9 program in it's
history. I started "selling" Egon to the department due to the fact that we
were working the night shift searching school buildings when we would get
burglary alarm trips in our buildings. Many times we would check the
buildings with one patrol officer and very little, if any, back-up. I
continued to push the department command staff to give us the opportunity to
implement Egon's learned skills and training to help the responding officers
when conducting searches. They told me that they would let me conduct
Narcotic/Contraband searches in the various schools as need per the
principals who were assigned to these schools. I immediately started to
contact and meet with the school principals throughout the district. Many of
them were very receptive and onboard with the idea of a trained police
narcotics dog coming to search lockers and parking lots for illegal
substances. I would work my night shift and then get off work and go home
and pick up Egon and we would go to the schools that had requested us. We
would search until about 12:00 noon. After about 6 months of doing the
searches, one of my Lieutenants came and asked me if Egon could search
buildings for burglars. I responded, Absolutely! I knew that if he could
find Narcotics, he could find a man. It just required more training to teach
him and me of what to do. She told me she had been talking to the Chief of
the department and he was willing to implement a K9 program on a temporary
basis to see how things would work out. They had a fear of the liability of
working an apprehension police K9 in a school setting. I assured them that
he was a very civil dog and I had total control over my partner. They decide
to let me work him on a trial basis in December of 1996.
The very first arrest we made was a burglary call at an elementary school in
southeast Houston at approximately 2:30 AM.
When we arrived at
the school five suspects were exiting the temporary buildings behind the
school after causing extensive damage to the classrooms of three of the
buildings. I was able to observe them as they were running to the rear of
the property toward the perimeter fence. I announced that I had a K9 and to
stop and get to the ground or I would deploy Egon. They continued to run to
the fence and climbed over before Egon could get to them. I went to the gate
and managed to get the lock open. The suspects had run between the houses
and were gone. I took Egon to the last place that I had seen them and told
him to "search." Egon then started to track their scent. As we came to
fences, I would help Egon over the fence and we continued to track. He
followed their trail for 3 blocks and was able to located one of the
suspects hiding in a shed behind a house. He was taken into custody and
charged with felony
burglary of a building.
As we continued to work as a K9 team and make arrest and recover stolen
property, the department became more supportive. We were invited to Lamar
High School for an H.I.S.D. in-house taping to run on the H.I.S.D. channel.
The H.I.S.D. media was interested in watching how Egon searched lockers for
narcotics. I placed a pseudo cocaine hide in a locker and told the film crew
that when he finds it he will sit down. As they were filming us, Egon checked
a top locker and gave us an alert by sitting down. I knew that this was not
the locker with "my" hide and continued to work him to find the one I had
placed. After they stopped filming my supervisor asked me if Egon had given
an alert on the top locker. I said that I thought he had. We cut the lock
and recovered 6 grams of marijuana in a students backpack. He was charged
with possession of marijuana.
Over the years that Egon and I worked together, he searched buildings or
tracked and located approximately 70 felony burglary suspects. Egon, on
several occasions was able to run tracks and recover stolen property. He
assisted various other law enforcement agencies during his time in service.
On one occasion the Houston Police Department was requesting a K9. We
responded to assist and learned that the Harris County Major Offender's Task
Force, the Louisiana State Police and the Houston Police Department were
going to conduct a felony traffic stop on a vehicle with a suspect wanted
for 4 capital murders in Louisiana and they wanted a K9 standing by. When
they conducted the stop, the suspect was ordered out of the car. When he
heard Egon barking he gave up and was taken
into custody without incident.
Egon and I have done many demonstrations and seminars about police dogs. We
how they can assist not only law enforcement, but can truly be a man's best
friend. He never ceased to amaze me of his incredible heart and willingness
to work and play my game. Without Egon, I can truly say that I would not be
in the place I am today. I have not only learned about dogs, but have learned
many life lessons from him, such as patience and self control, the
importance of leadership and teamwork. I am blessed to have had the time
with him that I did. He was my partner and my buddy.
I retired my partner Egon on May 1, 2001. He lived a good life with Fiona
and I having the opportunity to be with him every day. He was always
there at the gate to greet the customers and their dogs as they would come
and go. Egon soon became a fixture at "Privileged Pets." He was in a
commercial for Powehouse Church where he chased the devil, who was really my
brother in a mask and bite sleeve, out the back door. He received a
standing applause. "Way to go buddy!!!!! "
On Tuesday, February 3, 2009, after the last few years of seeing him
continue to get older and having a harder time getting up, we decided to
make the very difficult decision to finally let him rest. On Wednesday,
February 4, 2009 Egon went to sleep. We were with him to the end and
thankfully had the opportunity to say good-bye to my beloved K9 partner.
Egon, time will soothe my pain, but it will never erase my memories. You were
a GREAT FRIEND. You will be missed.