Memorials to Fallen K-9s 

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In Loving Memory of
November 22, 2010

Handler: Jason Lovett
Columbia Tennessee Police Department
800 Westover Drive
Columbia, TN 38401-4843
(931) 388-2727

The ColumbiaTennessee Police Department sadly announces the passing of Police K-9 Buddy. Buddy passed away Saturday November 13, 2010. Buddy was a seven year old Golden Retriever and specialized in narcotic detection. Buddy will be dearly missed by the Police Department and especially by his handler Officer Jason Lovett.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
December 16, 2010

Handler: Special Deputy Joseph Moll
Niagara County Sheriff’s Office
5526 Niagara Street Ext., P.O. Box 496
Lockport, New York 14095-0496
(716) 438-3393, Fax (716) 438-3302


 Sheriff’s Office bloodhound dies at 5  

After suffering a stomach illness, Billy-T, one of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 Unit dogs died this week. Billy-T, was born March 8, 2005 in North Carolina before she was donated to the Sheriff’s Office in memory of canine expert William “Bill” Tolhurst. Special Deputy Joseph Moll, who acted as her handler and trainer obtained Billy-T at just 8 weeks old. According to a report from the Sheriff’s Office, Billy-T had a natural talent for scent discriminating man-trailing.
Both Moll and his bloodhound received several awards in trailing, including an advance certificate from the National Police Bloodhound Association for their help in local, state and federal investigations. 
“These efforts resulted in the arrest of individuals, locating of missing persons ... the recovery of property and evidence,” Sheriff James R. Voutour said. A report also said she helped during the investigation of cold case files and with the Greco murder case last year. Other accolades include being assigned to the FBI as a K-9 training team. Voutour said Moll trained and assisted the Sheriff’s Office strictly on volunteer work alone averaging about 63 hours of work a month. “This dedication was a reflection to the success the canine team had and the bond that was created at an early age between Joe and Billy-T,” Voutour said. “Billy-T will be sadly missed and fondly remembered,” Moll said.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

December 14, 2010
Handler: Sgt. Steve Parker  
Kalama Police Department
385 North 1st Street
Kalama, WA 98625
(360) 673-2165
Kalama loses K9 hero
Kalama's drug-sniffing canine Bati starts looking over her terrain as soon as Kalama Police Sgt. Steve Parker lets it out of his patrol car in this February 2010 photo.  
The Kalama Police K9 "Bati" — a 4-year-old dog that more than earned his keep by helping police seize drug dealers' cars — had to be put down earlier this week after he failed to respond to cancer treatment. "Bati will be missed and was an important part of our department's fight against illegal drugs," Chief Bruce Hall wrote in a press release. "He was a very sweet dog and friendly to all the children and adults he met during his career, which was cut short by this terrible disease." 
The cancer was discovered a week ago when the dog's handler, Sgt. Steve Parker, was grooming the German Shepherd and found several swellings on Bati's neck and belly. Vets tested the growths and diagnosed the dog with Epitheliotrophic Lymphoma. Since most dogs have a 60 to 70 percent partial or full remission with treatment, Hall said there hope that Bati could return to work after undergoing chemotherapy. 
Chemo was started late last week, but Bati did not respond as hoped and his conditioned worsened over the weekend. His handler and the vet decided there was nothing more to be done after the dog began having trouble breathing. Kalama officers were given time to visit the dog and say goodbye, with Hall bringing the dog one last bone. Bati was euthanized Monday, with Parker and Parker's family by his side. (K9s live with their handlers' families and are treated like family pets when not on the job). 
Bati was purchased in 2007 after an anonymous $5,000 donation was made to the police department. The price of purchase and initial training was $5,500 and the city contributed close to another $5,000 toward training, Hall said. Bati helped recoup those costs by searching out drugs and allowing the department to seize drug dealers' vehicles, something that Kalama had never done before. According to a February report in The Daily News, one of the cars also contained $4,000 in cash. 
Bati and Parker were certified in 2008 as a narcotic detection team and often assisted officers in Kalama and Woodland, which does not have it's own drug dog. Bati also was called out to help in other jurisdictions. In the same article, Hall said Bati's financial contributions were more than enough to offset his training and vet bills. Bati's haul also helped pay for the police patrol car he rode in, Hall said. Hall said Thursday it's too soon for any discussions about if and how the department will replace Bati. Right now, officers are dealing with the loss. "He was like family," Hall said.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
November 13, 2010

Handler: Officer Jason Lovett
Columbia Police Department
Columbia, TN

The Columbia, TN. Police Department sadly announces the passing of Police K-9 Buddy. Buddy passed away Saturday November 13, 2010. Buddy was a seven year old Golden Retriever and specialized in narcotic detection. Buddy will be dearly missed by the Police Department and especially by his handler Officer Jason Lovett.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
December 15, 2010

Handler: Sgt. Richard Rivera
U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart
 554th Military Police Company


War Dog Euthanized


In the military community, it's customary to honor fallen defenders of freedom. In U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, the 554th Military Police Company extended the tradition to a military working dog. Bodie, a MWD who began her military career on July 31, 2003, was euthanized Oct. 14. The 554th MP Co. K-9 Section held a memorial ceremony to honor the war veteran Nov. 24 in the Panzer Community Chapel. Over her career, the 10-year-old black and tan German shepherd completed five six-month combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

She was on her sixth deployment in Afghanistan when her tour was abruptly interrupted. After arriving on Oct. 1, Bodie's handler, Sgt. Richard Rivera, 554th MP Co. K-9 Section, noticed signs of fatigue in his dog. "Bodie's body began to swell around the abdomen, taking on the shape of a pear as each day passed," he said. After two weeks of observation and tests by a local veterinarian, the prognosis wasn't good: Bodie had the equivalent of gradual heart failure. Bodie was medically evacuated to the Dog Center Europe, at the U.S. Army Europe Regional Veterinary Command in Kaiserslautern.

As Rivera brought Bodie back to Germany, he prepared himself for the worst. "Did I want to believe it? No," Rivera said, recalling the day he received the news that it was time to end Bodie's suffering. But he said he didn't want to see her suffer a minute longer. Not every handler gets to say good-bye to their partner, but Rivera did. He recounted his farewell. Rivera said he took a final look into Bodie's dark brown eyes and she looked back. Rivera said he could see her pain, and he said goodbye.

There's a bond between a dog and its handler that only the handler can explain, said Staff Sgt. Kenneth Rosenthal, the 554th MP Kennel Master who planned Bodie's memorial. Rosenthal said a working dog is assigned multiple handlers throughout its career. Bodie had five. (She partnered with Rivera for 17 months). However, each handler earns the unconditional loyalty from his or her dog until its last breath, he added. Bodie's partner was Sgt. Rivera, and the memorial gave him, along with friends, colleagues, and community leaders, a chance to grieve, said Rosenthal.

It's tradition at a military funeral to display a pair of combat boots, an inverted rifle, a helmet and dog tags. For Bodie's memorial, an open dog crate with her leash, collar and water bucket was placed on the chapel altar. During the memorial, USAG Stuttgart Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Ken Bellinger gave the invocation, and Rosenthal, the eulogy. Rivera then read "Guardians of the Night," a working dog's poem, which was followed by a video of Rivera and Bodie training and working together.

Perhaps the most poignant part of the memorial was when three bells rang, one after the other, symbolizing Bodie's call home. The first ring signified calling out to the dog to start her journey home; the second bell signified that Bodie was home for the last time; and the third bell signified that she had laid her head down to rest. As taps began, Rivera walked up to the crate and placed one of Bodie's play toys on top of the crate. He slowly closed the door and rendered a salute. Military working dog Bodie Tattoo E075 leaves behind a legacy - and paw print - as a trusted patrol and explosive detection expert for the USAG Stuttgart community and the Soldiers of the 554th MP Co.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir CPWDA


War Dog Returns Home to Rest

STUTTGART, Germany -- In the military community, it's customary to honor fallen defenders of freedom. In U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, the 554th Military Police Company extended the tradition to a military working dog. Bodie, a MWD who began her military career on July 31, 2003, was euthanized Oct. 14. The 554th MP Co. K-9 Section held a memorial ceremony to honor the war veteran Nov. 24 in the Panzer Community Chapel. Over her career, the 10-year-old black and tan German shepherd completed five six-month combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. She was on her sixth deployment in Afghanistan when her tour was abruptly interrupted.

In Loving Memory of
December 13, 2010

Handler: Officer Dave Sanabria
Bellevue Police Department
450 110th Avenue Northeast
Bellevue, WA 98004-5514
(425) 452-6917

Bellevue Police dog Bosco, dies after heroic career -

The Bellevue Police Department has lost an unlikely hero.

With his partner, he worked the streets of Bellevue and assisted surrounding cities in more than 50 successful captures.This hero was none other than a German Shepard, beloved police K-9, Bosco, Badge #0018. He passed away after a successful career yesterday, Dec. 13 at 10 years old. Bosco's story is a true rags to riches tale.
In 2003, he was found tied to a fence by some neighbors. The family moved out of the area and left the dog there with a note asking that he be taken to the pound. The neighbors contacted a rescue organization and Bosco was saved. The rescuer wanted to use Bosco as a service dog but knew he had too much energy. She heard the Bellevue Police Department was looking for a police dog so she gave them a call. K-9 Officer Dave Ethredge arrived and within five minutes, he decided that this handsome German Shepherd was a good candidate for police work.
Bosco quickly thrived in the police world. He was assigned to his handler, Officer Dave Sanabria, and within the next few months they became a certified team. In 2004, Sanabria and Bosco became accredited with the Washington State Police Canine Association.

Among his captures are two notable cases:

In 2005, Bosco responded to an incident involving the sexual assault of a teenage girl in Bothell. The unknown suspect broke into the victim’s home through her bedroom window. After assaulting her, he fled through the window. Bosco tracked from the victim’s window and located the suspect who had fled back to his apartment. Without Bosco’s successful track, the suspect may very well have gone unidentified.
Bosco was sidelined in 2007 with back surgery. After six months of recovery, he returned to full duty. That same year he tracked a suspect who fled from a stolen car. The suspect ran from the scene, broke into a home, and began assaulting the lone female resident. Because of Bosco’s track, officers were able to locate the suspect and stop the assault before the victim was seriously injured.
Bosco retired in October 2009 and became the Sanabria's family pet, a part of his life he loved as much as police work. “He was a great dog and partner. I’ll miss him,” Lieutenant Dave Sanabria said.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
April 3, 2010

Handler: Deputy Wayne Peters
Fulton County Sheriff's Department
2712 State Highway 29, PO Box 29
Johnstown, NY 12095
(518) 736-2100

Sheriff’s Department loses beloved K-9
Fulton County Sheriff's Department personnel today remembered a longtime police dog as a trustworthy and family-oriented animal who worked hard on behalf of the county. K-9 Blitz, a 12-year old black German Shepherd, died early Sunday after suddenly taking ill at the home of his handler, of Broadalbin, the Sheriff's Department said in a news release. Blitz was acquired by Sheriff Thomas Lorey from the Czech Republic and was sworn into service with the department on Sept. 17, 2001. "He had accomplished quite a lot," Lorey said today.

Peters remembered the K-9 as extremely helpful during a "big-size" bust in Amsterdam in 2006 in which he sniffed out a kilo of cocaine. More recently, the deputy said, his canine partner helped track down a suspect in a Northville laundromat break-in. He was also a friendly dog with a good "temperament," Peters said. "He had a great disposition. He loved kids." The Sheriff's Department said the dog's death was felt with "profound sense of loss." The cause of death was a stomach condition known as "bloat" or "stomach-twist," according to the news release.

"K-9 Blitz was an excellent dog that showed incredible desire to perform his duties as a police K-9, and his presence and demeanor will be greatly missed by many who loved him," Lorey said. The sheriff's office K-9 was certified in narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension and was set to retire this fall after nearly nine years of service to the Fulton County community. Lorey said K-9 Blitz was helpful to his department and other agencies in numerous cases involving drug detection and locating fleeing suspects, and he interacted frequently with young people in the community.

The sheriff said Peters wants to continue serving as a K-9 handler, and officials will begin searching for another K-9 in the coming weeks. Lorey said the $4,000 to $6,000 cost for K-9s and their upkeep are paid through by donations and are not part of the county budget. He said his department has another K-9, Mocha, stationed at the County Jail. Lorey said area residents may send expressions of sympathy to Peters and his family at the department, and memorial contributions are being accepted in care of the Fulton County Sheriff's Association K-9 Fund, P.O. Box 20 Johnstown, NY 12095.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
November 2, 2010

Handler: Sgt. Steven Redmond
Sheriff's Office Parish of Tangipahoa
15475 Club Deluxe Rd.
Hammond, LA

Today we celebrate the life of TPSO K9 BART!
November 3, 2010 - TPSO K9 Bart passed away last evening in the presence of his loyal and faithful handler and friend, Sgt. Steven Redmond. Accompanied by his partners and friends, Sgt. Redmond was with Bart as he passed away due to an unshakeable illness.
Bart was a nine year old Belgian Malinois who had a passion for working in law enforcement. Bart has worked for the sheriff’s office since 2005 and has spent the past four years working side by side with Sgt. Redmond. Bart had an extraordinary personality and a strong passion for law enforcement. His hard work and dedication was demonstrated daily through his work as a dual purpose dog in patrol and narcotics. These expert skills led to numerous apprehensions and narcotics related arrests.
Sgt. Steven Redmond and Bart have received many awards and honors throughout their four years of working together. Bart's vibrant personality and love for his work was often displayed when he participated in demonstrations at many of our local schools. 
“Bart will definitely be missed at the sheriff’s office. Bart, like my other service dogs, was one of the humble heroes willing to go places which were not safe even for my deputies. His presence will certainly be missed.” states Edwards.
 submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
TPSO K9 wins award.
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Sgt. Steven Redmond and his K9 companion Bart received the “Criminalistic Excellence Award". This award is given by the United States Canine Association to the Top Patrol Case of each quarter.
The duo received this award as a result of an apprehension involving a subject who fled from TPSO Narcotics Agents. The suspect ran into a wooded area then broke into a residence to elude his arrest. The residence was occupied by two elderly females. Sgt. Redmond secured the residence as K9 Bart located and apprehended the suspect. Congratulations Sgt. Redmond and K9 Bart!

In Loving Memory of
November 11, 2010

Handler: Patrolman Fred Genzman

Northwood Police Department
6000 Wales Road
Northwood, OH 43619-1452
(419) 693-9794

Northwood’s K-9 Barney loses battle with cancer
Barney, Northwood’s former crime-fighting K-9 police dog who was cut last year from the budget, only to be reinstated a short time later with donations from a sympathetic public, died from complications of cancer on Nov. 11. Patrolman Fred Genzman, his ex-handler, was at his side. In August, the city had announced that Barney, 7 1/2 –years-old, was retiring as the city’s K-9 because he had cancer. Barney stayed at home with Genzman and his family to live out his remaining days in comfort.
Genzman was told by Barney’s vet that the cancer was very aggressive, though the dog had no symptoms at the time of its diagnosis. Genzman had taken Barney to the vet for a checkup because the German Shepherd and Czechoslovakian Shepherd mix had uncharacteristically started having training issues during his K-9 certification test. Barney had always passed the test, required every two years for certification, with flying colors. After his cancer diagnosis, Genzman said he noticed in November that Barney was tiring easily
 and having trouble getting up.
“He really started wearing out. One week before we put him down, he just laid there. He didn’t move, had no interest in anything. He wouldn’t come. We thought maybe it was time. The real trick was when we took out his toy ball. He always went nuts for that ball. But he had no interest in it. The next day, he started walking again, was eating and drinking, and we thought he may just not have been feeling well the day before. Then one week later, he did it again. All he wanted to do was drink constantly, which was a sign something was going on.
He went outside and lay down in the same spot for six hours and wouldn’t come in.” Genzman decided it was time. “We called the vet, who said to bring him in. There weren’t any tests to do because they knew what was going on. It was a question of either putting him down, or trying to prolong his life a bit. They could give him a shot. But the vet  said we would be putting a band-aid on cancer. I just didn’t want him to be in any pain,” said Genzman. “He puffed himself up and walked in there.
Then they put the I.V. on him, and he just lay down,” said Genzman.
Barney was purchased with a Homeland Security grant six years ago. He was trained in several disciplines, including obedience, tracking, article search, building search, area search, explosives and bite work. Barney was an effective crime fighting tool while working the beat with Genzman. He nabbed car thieves, vandals, intimidated juveniles looking for trouble, and secured local sites for presidential candidates campaigning in the area. Genzman also took Barney to schools where students learned about his crime-fighting skills, which was also a public relations success.
Last December, Genzman learned that Barney was on a list of budget cuts being made by the city due to the economic recession. After reading about Barney’s early retirement in The Press, several businesses and individuals rallied and donated funds that allowed the K-9 to remain on the force. In a letter to the editor that announced Barney’s passing in The Press, Genzman paid tribute to his former partner. “K-9 Barney served as the explosives detection canine for the northwest Ohio area. He served all levels of government from federal, state and local with pride and enthusiasm.
From deployments of catching the `bad guy’ to securing sites for the VIP’s to the area, public demonstrations, and meeting the local school kids, K-9 Barney truly loved his job,” stated Genzman. “K-9 Barney had a knack for making friends no matter where we went.” Genzman went on to thank those who were involved in his success as a K-9 unit. “There are many individuals, businesses and organizations I want to personally thank for helping fund the program due to city budget cuts. To Northwood City Council who voted to bring him back with private money, to the people who had sent cards after he was retired, I personally say `Thank you.’ Thank you for the memories, and the opportunity to serve with such a talented canine.”
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
November 2010

Police Chief Joseph Bishop-Police Lt. Barney Burns
Columbia Police Department
Columbia, OH

Police say goodbye to K9
Dog receives 21-gun salute

The Columbia Police Honor Guard presents arms at a memorial service for canine officer Buddy. The dog died in early November from a tumor in his chest.
Officers honored the life of a canine officer Wednesday, saying he exemplified the spirit and principles of the Columbia Police Department.  The memorial service was held at Woodland Park for Buddy, a 7-year-old golden labrador retriever who died in early November. The dog had to be euthanized shortly after a veterinarian discovered a tumor in his chest. Columbia Police Lt. Barney Burns, who delivered the eulogy, said Buddy’s keen sense of smell and work ethic set him apart from others.
“If you go to McDonald’s and buy a hamburger, all you smell is the hamburger. Buddy smelled the lettuce, pickles and the sesame seeds on the bun,” Burns said. “ ... I just think of how much better this department would be if we all had a work ethic like Buddy.” After the eulogy, officers performed a 21-gun salute while taps was played. Police Chief Joseph Bishop said Buddy was a selfless servant and his life and energy will be missed. “He meant a lot to this department,” Bishop said. Buddy was the only canine officer on the force. Bishop said the agency is in the process of training his replacement.

Police say goodbye to K9

Dog receives 21-gun salute

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
date 2010

Handler: LanceCpl. Mason Neff
Marine Military

 SYLVA — A dog trained to detect explosives is credited with saving the life of a Jackson County Marine in Afghanistan.  Lance Cpl. Mason Neff was recovering Tuesday at a hospital in Germany after an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province sent shrapnel into his face, neck, arm and left eye, his girlfriend, Lacey Sterrett, said.  Neff was on patrol with a second Marine dog handler when his dog, Bingo, started acting strangely, she said. Dog handlers normally work alone, but the area in southwestern Afghanistan is so dangerous that the Marines in the area decided to double up the dogs on the patrol. Marine handlers typically stay 40-50 feet behind their dogs, which are trained to range ahead of patrols and alert their handlers to hidden explosives. Such bombs have been responsible for scores of deaths and injuries in Afghanistan. Sterrett said Neff's fellow Marines told her that he started walking toward Bingo when he noticed the strange behavior and the dog became even more agitated, seemingly trying to get his handler to stay away.  Bingo, a black Labrador retriever,  likely set off the bomb before Neff could get any closer, she said. Bingo was killed. Neff, 21, who joined the Marines in 2009 and was on his first deployment, was conscious when medics arrived. The two had spent months training together. “It is an incredible bond,” Sterrett said of the relationship between Marines and their sniffer dogs.  Neff is in critical condition and on a ventilator though he is able to understand words and nod yes or no, she said.  Neff could be transported to Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland as soon as Friday, Sterrett said.  He is a graduate of Smoky Mountain High School, where he wrestled.  He also won a championship in mixed martial arts.  Sterrett said it was unclear Tuesday whether he knew that his dog had been killed.  “Mason is a fighter,” she said. “He is broken right now, but he will make it through this.”
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
November 16, 2010

Handler: Senior Constable Matt Fage
Police Dog Section
New Zealand

Salute to a brave dog called Blade
"A PROUD DOG'': Blade and handler Constable Matt Fage.

Blade – the police dog who beat cancer, a pitchfork attack and more than 1000 criminals – has died in his owner's arms. Since 2007 Blade has been retired, living as a family pet with his handler, Senior Constable Matt Fage from the Wellington police dog section. Mr Fage said 12-year-old Blade died in his arms early on Tuesday morning. The death, from old age, was "devastating". "He was a super-loved working partner. He gave 100 per cent at everything and just kept on going." Blade caught more than 1000 criminals, found a dozen missing people and survived being stabbed with a pitchfork and hit with a machete in his seven-year career.
Mr Fage said Blade almost certainly saved three lives. In 2003 he and another officer were cornered by a man with a pitchfork but Blade took the blow, surviving because he got hit in his harness. He got a bravery award. A couple of years later he tracked down a fleeing offender in the Hutt River. If the man had not been found he would probably have drowned, Mr Fage said. He also helped disarm a man in Porirua holding a knife to a six-year-old's throat, earning a bravery award for the second time. Mr Fage said Blade would be remembered as a
 "proud dog".
Since retiring in 2007, he had been treated successfully for cancer. He got along with Mr Fage's new police dog – Xoset, or "X". "Every day [Blade] still would go out by the dog van – every morning wanting to go. He made as good a family pet as a police dog." Blade continued to provide a public service after he retired, visiting children at Wellington Hospital. "He was just so tolerant."

submitted by Jim Cortina, CPWDA Director 

In Loving Memory of
K9 BARRA  (H272)


Fort Myer, VA

Medical complications.
More information to come.
Submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

September 2010
Handler: Deputy Michael Brackrog
Genesee County Sheriff’s Department
1002 South Saginaw Street
Flint, MI 48502-1410
(810) 257-3426 

                 After the 1999 Columbine Crisis and several local bomb threats at schools, Sheriff Pickell saw the need for Holland. Brit started his career with the Genesee County Sheriff Department in January of 2000 when he was 20 months old. Deputy Brackrog and Brit trained together for 7 weeks at the Landheim Training Academy. Prior to this joint training, Brit spent an additional 9 weeks learning the different odors he would have to detect. Brit was trained to detect all types of explosives;  Commercial, Military, & Weapons.
 submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

Brit was 12 years old, and suffered from a blood disorder.  He apparently was running a high temperature and had been, most simply, lethargic.  He was taken to the vet, where the veterinarian explained it would be best to put him down.  Although, he was 12 years old, it was explained to us that since he was a working canine, we could easily double his years.  He was like a 24 year old dog.  I am sure you know the formula that they use, one human year equals seven canine years.  Following that formula, Brit would have been 148 years old.  Again, thank you for your interest. 
 We really miss him around here.


In Loving Memory of
October 26, 2010

Handler: Officer Steve Smith
Oregon Army National Guard

Retired Salem police dog, Benny, dies at 15 
A Salem police dog who retired in 2005 has been euthanized because of health issues, officials said today. 
Benny, a 15-year-old German shepherd, had been living with his handler Officer Steve Smith. Benny retired early when Smith deployed to Iraq with the Oregon Army National Guard, according to Statesman Journal archives.
Benny came from the Czech Republic and worked with Smith for seven years, Salem police said. In his career, the dog conducted more than 1,200 searches and captured 526 suspects, police said.
He was the first dog assigned to the Salem police SWAT team and served on 55 missions with the special unit.
“Over the last several years, Benny's health had been declining but he never lost his spirit or the affection of officer Smith and his family,” Salem Police Lt. Dave Okada said. “When officer Smith was assigned his new canine Jett, Benny made it very clear who was in charge at the Smith residence.”
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA and Frank Brunetti, Dir. website

In Loving Memory of

October 8, 2010
Handler: Officer Glenn Erick 
Riverhead Police Department
210 Howell Avenue
 Riverhead, N.Y. 11901
Ph: 631-727-4500
Riverhead Police forced to part with beloved K-9 cop Bruno
The career of one of Riverhead's finest came to a tragic end earlier this month when he died the same day a lemon-sized tumor was found in his stomach. He was 10 years old. Bruno, one of the department's two police dogs, was euthanized at East End Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center in Riverhead on Oct. 8 after serving eight years on the force. Officer Glenn Erick, Bruno's trainer and master, remembered the German shepherd as a loyal, diligent officer who worked until the day he died.
"He really liked going to work," he said. "He didn't sit in the back of the car for a moment's time." Officer Erick recalled one incident several years ago where Bruno closed a case that would have most likely remained unsolved had it not been for the dog's superior sense of smell. Bruno picked up the scent of a suspect after a theft at a car lot on Route 58 in Riverhead. He led officers to the man and, as soon as he was apprehended, ran after a second thief police did not even know existed.
"He pulled him to the ground," Officer Erick recalled. "He apprehended two in one clip." When the Hungary-born Bruno came to the department in 2002, Officer Erick said he had the perfect build, temperament and demeanor for a police dog. "He was full of himself," he recalled. Bruno loved to work and would get excited when he heard his master getting ready for a tour. But Officer Erick had noticed him slowing
down over the last few years.
This summer, Bruno started losing weight and was taken for some blood work, though the results were inconclusive. He was scheduled for a second round of blood tests when Officer Erick approached the dog's pen one morning and found him lying on the ground, writhing in pain. He suspected the dog was suffering from contortion, a serious condition where the dog's stomach becomes twisted and unable to pass anything in or out. His suspicion turned out to be accurate. 
The dog was taken to the vet and it soon became apparent that without immediate surgery to correct his contorted stomach and remove a tumor, Bruno would die. The police department decided to put Bruno down rather than subject him to the surgery. "We felt it was the best choice," Officer Erick said. It is uncertain if the department will purchase another dog to replace Bruno. Lieutenant Richard Boden, who oversees the K-9 Unit, said a new dog could cost about $6,500.
In addition, it costs the department between $2,000 and $3,000 a year in food and vet costs for the dogs. "It's a big commitment on the department's end," he said. The department has one other dog, Vaki, who lives with Officer John Doscinski. Vaki was purchased using money seized during Suffolk County district attorney raids. PBA president Detective Dixon Palmer said he hopes the district attorney's office could provide
money for another dog.

That dog would most likely live with Officer Erick, who worked with another dog from 1995 to 2002, Det. Palmer said. Officer Erick said that although keeping a police dog is rewarding, it's also a very demanding commitment. The training process is long, with the initial course taking 16 to 20 weeks, he said, and there are training quotas the dogs must meet every quarter in order to stay on the force. On top of that, Officer Erick said he rarely ever let the dog out of his sight, even to play in the backyard. Still, he said taking care of Bruno over the years meant more to him than caring for an average household pet. "It's a lot more of a bond," he said. "There's something different about when you're working the dog out on the street."
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
August 23, 2010

Handler: Officer Rob Semillo
San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department

1810 E. Hazelton Ave.
Stockton, CA  95205-6232
Ph: (209) 468.4310


Bentho, a Dutch Shepherd, is seven years old and has cancer. Semillo said Bentho is the last dog alive of a trio of K-9 teams called the “Big Three.” The others were Deputy Ryan Biedermann and his dog, Niko, who was accidentally shot by a U.S. Marshal, and Deputy Randy Johnson and his dog, Badjo, who died after a bout with aggressive cancer.  Semillo said Bentho has maybe a month to live, but he doesn’t plan to retire him until “the day he can no longer jump in the police car.

In Loving Memory of
August 19, 2010

Handler: Sgt. Russell Griggs
Police Chief: John Walter
Mountain Home Police Department
Patrol Division
2775 East 8th North
Mountain Home, ID 83647-2332
(208) 587-2101
Painting by Tracy Klett  email:

On August 19th 2010 at the age of 13 Bonzai was laid to rest surrounded by the family he loved and protected.
Bonzai a dual purpose K9 was assigned to the Mountain Home Police Department Patrol Division  December 20th 1999. 
During Bonzai’s time on the road he completed every shift and never called in sick. Bonzai came in contact during his time with both people that didn’t want to have a thing to do with a police canine and of course the people that wanted to pet him and get their pictures with him. Bonzai did everything he was capable of doing and asked to do which included tracking Burglars,
seizing drugs and money and other patrol duties. Bonzai retired October 20th 2007 and during his retirement enjoyed camping, attending off duty employment and spending time with the family he lived with. Bonzai will be dearly missed by the people closest to him and the children that day after day still ask about him.  Take care Buddy.
submitted by Frank Brunetti & artist-Tracy & Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA  & Nick Schilz -

In Loving Memory of
August 15, 2010

Handler: Officer Justin Dunn
Bossier City Police Department

620 Benton Rd.
Bossier City, LA  71111


Bossier City Police KP to be laid to rest
Officer Justin Dunn walks side by side with Police K9 Bronco, who passed away Sunday.

Bossier City Police Department K-9 Bronco will be laid to rest on Thurs day at 11 A.M. at the Shreveport Police Department Academy.  Bronco a 5-year old Belgian Tervuren, died Sunday of natural causes. The dog had been a member of the Bossier City Police Department for the past two and a half years. Bronco will be buried on the grounds of its academy where other police K-9s have been laid to rest and where Bronco trained every week with his handler and partner Officer Justin Dunn along with the BCPD’s five other K-9 officers. A police department release said Bronco was "a loyal member of the Bossier City Police Department" and would be missed by his fellow officers. 
 submitted by Jim Cortina,Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
June 13, 2003 - August 14, 2010

Handler: Sgt. Cawthon
Amherst Police Department
911 North Lake St.
Amherst, Ohio
Ph: 440.988.2625

Amherst police mourn the loss of K-9 officer Bandit
Amherst police have lost one of their own. Bandit, a K-9 officer for Amherst police, died unexpectedly early Saturday morning. The cause of his death is unknown at this time, but according to police, Bandit had recently undergone surgery. He was not working at the time of his death. “Bandit was a great asset to the department and he will be greatly missed by the department staff as well as Sgt. Cawthon and his family,” said Lt. Joseph Kucirek.
Bandit joined the Amherst Police Department in March of 2005 and was trained to detect the presence of the odor of such narcotics as Marijuana, Coke, Heroin and Meth. Bandit was a certified Narcotic Detector Canine by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. Bandit was also certified in tracking and article search. In honor Bandit, the American flag has been lowered to half staff at the Amherst Police Department. Amherst police expect a memorial service will be planned for Bandit in the near future.
AMHERST — Bandit will be laid to rest with honors next week.
The 7-year-old German shepherd police dog from the Amherst Police Department who died earlier this month will be remembered during a memorial service at
6 p.m. Monday at
the Amherst Eagles
1161 Milan Ave.
The service will be preceded by a short procession of K-9 units from other police departments from the Amherst Police Department on North Lake Street.  “We put out a letter to Northeast Ohio police departments to let them know about the service,” Amherst police Lt. Joseph Kucirek said. “It’s not uncommon for area K-9 units to send representatives and their dogs. We have no idea what to expect. We have no idea if we’re talking five dogs or 25 or somewhere in between.”  The memorial service is being organized by sheriff’s Deputy Bob Perkins, who lost his longtime police dog Drago in April.
Amherst police Sgt. Mark Cawthon was the animal’s handler since 2005, when the dog joined the force. The dog recently had had surgery to have his spleen removed and was not working at the time of his death, which reportedly was caused by a sudden contortion of the stomach, a condition that can occur in some breeds of dogs.
During his time with the department as its only dog, Bandit helped police confiscate 20-plus kilos of cocaine, 50-plus pounds of marijuana and thousands of dollars in cash and drug-related property during numerous drug arrests. The dog was certified as a narcotic detector canine by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission.

Memorial service held for Amherst K-9 8/31/10 Ohio

Amherst Police Sgt. Mark E. Cawthon, right, and his family, wife Karen, son Mason, 4 and daughter Michelle, 9, left, during the memorial service for Amherst Police Dog "Bandit" at the Eagles on Milan Road yesterday in Amherst.

Area police agencies and the Amherst Police processional starts the memorial service for Amherst Police Dog "Bandit," from the Amherst Police station on Lake Road to the Eagles on Milan Road yesterday in Amherst.

Police officers and citizens came together Monday night to pay tribute to Amherst police K-9 Bandit, who passed away Aug. 14. The memorial service included about a half-dozen police dogs from area departments, who gave what one attendee called “a 21-bark salute” to Bandit as his ashes were carried into the Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall. Representatives from Amherst, Richfield, Elyria, Cleveland, Westlake, Vermilion and Oberlin police departments, Cleveland and Grafton fire departments and the
Lorain County Sheriff’s office were on hand.
Amherst police Sgt. Mark Cawthon spoke proudly of Bandit, who died at the age of 7 following surgery to remove his spleen. Bandit’s stomach had contorted, which fatally cut off blood flow to other organs. In his too-short life, Bandit made a difference, Cawthon said. “Thanks to Bandit, we’ve been able to make a small dent in a huge drug problem,” he said. Since Bandit, a certified narcotic detector canine by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission, joined the department in March 2005, he was responsible for a lot of drugs being taken off the street. Bandit was trained to detect marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine
 and any associated derivatives.
In the many drug arrests Bandit assisted in, more than 20 kilograms of cocaine and 50 pounds of marijuana were seized. Thanks in part to his efforts, police seized thousands of dollars in drug-related cash and properties. “He made me look good,” Cawthon said. Bandit was the kind of dog many people would shy away from having because he was “go, go, go,” all the time, Cawthon said. “But that’s what made him a good police dog,” he said. “He would begin sniffing even before the command was given.” 
One time, Bandit was on break at the station and sniffed out drugs in an impounded vehicle. Bandit also went to schools and was a part of demonstrations and searches. Cawthon told of Bandit’s final day. Cawthon left to begin his shift shortly before 10 p.m. on Aug. 13. Even though he had stitches in his abdomen and a cone on his head, Bandit got up as soon as he heard Cawthon strapping on his vest and
 holster and made to follow him out.

Cawthon’s wife, Karen, asked him twice in the night to come home and check Bandit. Bandit appeared all right, just spacey from the pain medication, Cawthon said. But around 5:15 a.m., a third call from his wife had him worried. She told him Bandit was having difficulty breathing, and Cawthon could hear Bandit struggling for breath. “I thought, ‘My God, that’s not good,’ ” Cawthon said. He rushed home. Bandit summoned the strength to get into the cruiser.
Bandit walked into the Lorain County Animal Emergency Center, where veterinarian Craig Talbott and his staff worked to save him. But Cawthon said that, despite their valiant efforts, he could feel Bandit slipping away. He was heartbroken as he realized the CPR would not save Bandit. After calling his wife to break the news, Sgt. Cawthon went in to say goodbye to Bandit, giving him one final kiss. “I was very emotional (after that),” he said. “Karen had to call the department and break the news.”
That day, he stayed at home. His daughter, Michelle, decided not to go over to her grandparents for an outing, staying home to comfort her dad. “That meant a lot,” he said. Lorain County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bob Perkins, who lost his retired K-9, Drago, in April, read the poem “Guardians of the Night” at the service. Several in attendance were wiping their eyes when he reached the line, “And when our time together is done and you move on in the world, remember me with kind thoughts and tales.
For a time, we were unbeatable. Nothing passed among us undetected.” Perkins’ girlfriend, Melody Futrall, made two collages featuring photos of Bandit at work and at home with Cawthon and his family. Talbott and staff from both the Lorain County Animal Emergency Center and Amherst Animal Hospital, Bandit’s regular vet, were on hand. “This was excellent,” Talbott said of the service. “It tugged at my heart more than some funerals.” The support of both law enforcement and the public has been a great help, Sgt. Cawthon said.
“It’s been amazing,” he said. “Bandit touched a lot of lives. He was way more than ‘just a dog.’” On Monday, Cawthon began working with another dog through TWR Canine Training. Chief Lonnie Dillon said this is the first of hopefully two K-9s to join force this year. “It was bittersweet,” he said. “But we’ll make the adjustment.”
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
February 2010


Handler: Tom Benjamin
Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office

In Loving Memory of
July 15, 2010

Handler: Sgt. Brian Herncane
Easton Police Department
25 South 3rd Street,
PH: (610) 250-6665

Easton, PA

Easton police officers mourning loss of service dogs Oszi, Boris

Two Easton police officers are mourning the loss of their partners -- police dogs Oszi and Boris. Detective Chris Miller said Oszi, a 13-year-old German shepherd, was put down July 15. Sgt. Brian Herncane said Boris, a 12-year-old German shepherd, was put down Friday. Oszi and Boris spent a combined 15 years as police service dogs in Easton before retiring in 2007. They lived with their handlers, Miller and Herncane. "I still come home, I walk in and I look for him and wait for him to come over ... it takes a second or two," Miller said of Oszi. "The strangest thing is when I get up to go to bed, I just get up and go upstairs. I don’t have to take a dog out." Miller said Oszi sniffed out hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of drugs during his career, including 3 pounds of methamphetamine and 5 pounds of marijuana in a Bushkill Township home linked to an Easton police investigation. Herncane said Boris once helped him disarm a suspect and described it as one of "his proudest moments."  
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
June 10, 2010
Handler: Deputy Randy Harrison
Columbia County Sheriff's Department
Sheriff Mark Hunter
4917 E. US Hwy. 90
Lake City, FL  32055
ph: 386.752.9212

In Loving Memory of
April 29, 2010

Handler: Deputy Ryan Brown
County Sheriff's Department
112 Walnut Street

Allegan, MI 49010

Phone: (269) 673-0500

Police dog 'Brandy' dies after eight years serving Allegan County

Deputy Ryan Brown posed with Brandy in June 2004.
A longtime Allegan County police dog that helped officers in both drug searches and tracking has died, possibly from cancer. Allegan County sheriff's deputies reported the death of Brandy today. The dog, the partner of Deputy Ryan Brown since 2004, was an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois. Brandy died April 29 after recent health problems believed caused by cancer, deputies said. Brandy made the news in 2004 after the dog helped locate a 73-year-old woman who became lost in Wayland-area woods for two days. The same year, police also lost Brandy briefly after exploding fireworks caused the dog to scale a chain-link fence at Brown's home and run away. 
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

March 2010
Handler: Officer Mark Schneider 
Brookport Police Department
209 Ohio Street
Brookport, IL 62910-2813
(618) 564-2351
Buddy, the Brookport police dog, is gone and sorely missed by the town’s small police department and other agencies that benefited from his keen-nosed service. It’s more like mourning in the home of K-9 Officer Mark Schneider, where German shepherd Buddy was the family dog as well as a four-footed fellow cop. "There will always be a place in our hearts for him,” Schneider said. “He was part of my family as well as my partner for almost nine years.”
Buddy, suffering debilitating arthritis, was retired from service in December. He later fell on stairs in the Schneider home, and with a leg irreparably shattered in six places, a decision was made to put the veteran down. Schneider said Buddy was a dog for multiple roles on the Brookport force. Trained for and certified by the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association and the American Working Dog Association, Buddy sniffed out drugs, tracked for search and rescue or criminal pursuit, helped in apprehension and, more happily, boosted public relations.

“He went around to all the schools for programs like career day,” Police Chief Ronnie Traversy said. “All the kids were drawn to the dog — that’s where they all lined up." But it was his multiple canine skills that earned Buddy’s keep." A dog is one of the most useful tools a department can have,” Traversy said. 
 submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

March 8, 2010
Handler: Lt. Tom McCaffrey 
Geauga County Sheriff's Department
12450 Merritt Road
Chardon, Ohio 44024
(440) 564-7131, (440) 834-1858, Extension 2009  *  Fax: (440) 286-3251
Brutus, Geauga County police dog featured in Regina Brett's column, dies
Retired Geauga County Sheriff's Lt. Tom McCaffrey, pictured at home in Montville Township in late January with Brutus, says the police dog was fearless. Brutus died Monday.
They say all dogs go to heaven. If that's true, Brutus is guarding the Pearly Gates. A retired police dog for the Geauga County Sheriff's Department, Brutus passed away Monday morning. He woke his owner, Lt. Tom McCaffrey, one last time at 2:30 a.m. The dog ran outside, came back and collapsed in the living room. Brutus knew he was dying. Tom could tell by the look in the German shepherd's eyes that he was scared. Brutus died with his head in McCaffrey's lap. Brutus, who was featured in a Plain Dealer column on Jan. 31, was 10. Retired from the K-9 cops two years ago, he was a fearless 125 pounds of solid muscle, according to McCaffrey.
After the
September 11, 2001 attacks, Brutus sniffed for remains in the rubble of the World Trade Center towers. He spent his last days riding in the back of McCaffrey's red pickup where everyone in Montville Township -- all 2,300 of them - knew Brutus.   "I lost an excellent companion," McCaffrey said. 
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
January 18,1995 - February 16,2010

Handler: Det.Sgt.Tom Calvello - CPWDA Past President
Bristol Police Department
131 North Main Street
Bristol CT 06010
(860) 584-3011 

Detective Sgt. Tom Calvello lost his retired K9 partner February 15.  K9 "Berry" began working during the summer of 1997 and served for just over 5 years before being retired in December 2002. Berry died at the age of 15.  Officer Tom Calvello was a member from 1997 - 2003 and was our CPWDA President from 2002-2003. Service for K9 Berry? please let us know.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA -  (webmistress)

In Loving Memory of

Handler: Emory Griffith <>
Badge 37
Gwinnett County Fire Investigations

408 Hurricane Shoals Rd. NE
Lawrenceville, GA  30045
PH: Office 678 518.4896

K-9 Bojar (pronounced Bo-yar) was a male German Shepherd who was imported from the Czech Republic.  We started our career together with the City of Lawrenceville in the year 2000.  Bojar ‘had my back’ on a full-time basis from 2000 – 2005.  After his retirement, I brought him out on K-9 training days to keep him active and he occasionally ran police calls when needed.  His last call as a police dog took place in 2007.  The vet had estimated his age to be somewhere between 13 and 14 years old. 
Bojar had an incredible career on the streets and helped catch criminals wanted for just about every imaginable crime including murders, home invasions, armed robberies, carjackings, kidnappings, drive-by-shootings, bank robberies, and many other violent crimes.  It seemed the more serious the crime, the better my four-legged partner performed. 
Most of the public knew little of K-9 Bojar.  Once he had caught the bad guy, Bojar was back in the police car and ready to go to the next call.  Many victims of crimes never knew it was my little partner who helped bring their suspect to justice. 
 For example: 

  • the woman in Buford, who was car jacked and terrorized with a knife at her throat, probably never knew it was Bojar who helped catch that carjacker;

.  and the manager of the fast food chain in Snellville, who had a gun held to his head while being robbed, probably never knew it was Bojar who helped locate that armed robber; 
the apartment renter in Norcross probably never knew it was Bojar who helped catch the suspects that sent him to the hospital with stab wounds;
.  the home invasion victims in Lawrenceville probably never knew it was Bojar who helped capture the suspect who had broken into their home and held them at gunpoint; and 
the family of the murder victim in New York probably never knew it was Bojar who helped catch the suspect who took their daughter’s life. 

I’m certain that all these people, along with a hundred other victims, were thankful that the police had caught the suspects, but few probably knew it was K-9 Bojar and his incredible nose who was ultimately responsible. After Bojar’s retirement, he became a full-time friend and protector to my wife, kids and me.   For 10 years, he went on vacation with us, enjoyed celebrating birthdays and holidays, and spent most of his time in the house as we enjoyed his company.  At night I would go to work with hugs and kisses from the family and the reassurance that Bojar was watching over them while I was away.  Even after I left police work in 2008 and went back to the fire department, Bojar would carefully watch in anticipation of being able to go to work with me.  He was always the first to greet me when I returned home. 
About two month ago, I noticed Bojar’s health in decline.  Medicine from the vet brought little relief to my aging partner.  The last few days had me carrying him up and down the stairs to his blanket in my bedroom; the same stairs where I had once watched him bound past me in three giant leaps so he could get to the top first.  Then came Saturday morning; Bojar’s breathing was labored, he looked tired, and didn’t want to move.  For the first time since we had been together, he closed his eyes and laid his head down while I was petting on his head.  In the past, every time I rubbed on that old dog’s head, he would lay there with his head up and watch me.  When I first got him, I thought maybe he didn’t like it, and even thought that maybe he didn’t like me!  But then I noticed he would walk up to me and start grinding his head into my hands wanting to be petted.  Bojar liked it; he just had a strange way of showing it. 
After lying there beside him that morning, I knew there was something seriously wrong with my little partner. I woke up my wife and kids so they could give Bojar final hugs and goodbyes in case he wouldn’t be coming home from the vet’s office.  With tears in their eyes, they waved goodbye as we drove away from the house. 
It was a peaceful ride to Gwinnett Animal Clinic.  It brought back memories of having Bojar riding in the back of the police car as we patrolled the streets at night.  What great times I had riding around with him looking for criminals.  At the vet’s office, Bojar would not let me carry him inside; instead he insisted on walking the final few steps on his own.   
With my fingers crossed, I watched as Dr. Wallis examined Bojar.  I still had that little bit of hope that once again the vet could find some magic cure so I could hold on to my old partner just a little longer.  I knew it wasn’t good when halfway through the examination Dr. Wallis stopped looking at me when he spoke.  After he stepped out to do the blood work, I spent the time talking to Bojar and reminding of how thankful I was to have worked with him and have him as a part of my life, and I told him stories of some of the calls we had been on together back when he was in the prime of his life.  Dr. Wallis came in with the news that I had been trying to prepare myself for during the past couple of months.  Even though I wasn’t surprised, it was none the easier hearing the fate of my partner. 
I was able to be with Bojar as he was given the medicine that would bring an end to his suffering.  I rubbed on his ears, held him close, made sure he knew that I loved him, and reminded him to say hey to K-9 Cisco and the other four-legged police officers that he would soon join company with.  There was a sense of relief knowing my partner would be among his friends.  
Thanks to Chief Johnson for giving me the opportunity to work with Bojar and to the Lawrenceville Police Department and all the other officers and K-9 handlers who took the time to sit on a perimeter, run as our back-up, put on the sleeve, lay those countless practice tracks, and let Bojar hear the ratcheting of handcuffs as they locked down on many a suspect’s wrist. A special thanks to Officers Dave Russell and John Surowiec - your friendship and desire to train with us made Bojar and me a better K-9 team. 
And thank you K-9 Bojar for all that you have done; bringing me home safely every night, bringing criminals to justice, watching over my family, and being a wonderful friend to us all over the past 10 years. Until we meet again dear friend, may you always run fast, bite hard, and fear nothing!

Your grateful partner,
Emory Griffith

To Gwinnett County, K-9 Bojar was a faithful servant. To his family, he was a faithful friend. On Thursday, the German Shepherd — four years removed from active police work — was laid to rest amidst 36 other four-legged civil servants and hundreds of beloved pets at the Oak Rest Pet Gardens and Crematory. Bojar (pronounced Bo-yar) served alongside his Lawrenceville police partner, Emory Griffith, for five years before his retirement in 2005. Griffith was forced to have Bojar put down Saturday after the K-9’s health rapidly began to decline about two months ago. Despite his prayers, Griffith, now a fire investigator, knew Saturday morning that his old sidekick likely had bounded up the home’s stairs for the last time. His breathing was labored and he didn’t want to move. “For the first time since we had been together, he closed his eyes and laid his head down while I was petting on his head,” Griffith said. Recalling Bojar’s career as a K-9 officer, Griffith remembered the Buford woman who had been carjacked and terrorized with a knife; the Snellville restaurant manager who had a gun held to his head during a robbery; the New York family whose daughter was murdered — all crime victims whose attackers were nabbed and brought to justice thanks in large part to the nose of a highly trained police dog. Bojar was enthusiastic about his work, Griffith said, always ready to catch the bad guy and move on to the next call. After his retirement, Bojar led the good life. He spent his last 10 years watching over the family, celebrating holidays and taking vacations. His funeral was worthy of any hero, and included the Lawrenceville Police Department honor guard folding and presenting the American flag and the presentation of “Taps,” saluting his service. Though his shift may be over, Bojar created memories that will last a lifetime. He served a community and became part of a family. Griffith, confident that his partner is now in the company of K-9 officers who passed before him, left Bojar with well-wishes until they meet again: “Run fast, bite hard and fear nothing!”
(submitted by Emory Griffith  who lost his first partner, K9 Cisco, 2005)

In Loving Memory of
January 13, 2010

Deputy Justin Patterson
Office of the Sheriff
County of Monterey
1414 Natidad Road
Salinas, CA  93906

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K-9 police dog euthanized after it escapes, kills another dog

By Cathy Kelly  Santa Cruz Sentinel

A K-9 police dog named Bosco was euthanized Wednesday after he ran away from his owner in Aromas and attacked two dogs, killing one of them, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office reported. Further details were not immediately released, but Bosco ran away about 3 a.m., after being let out for a "break," Capt. Chuck Monarque stated in a news release. Bosco ran and did not respond to commands to return, and a search was conducted by several deputies who were later joined by a helicopter, Monarque said. Residents were also notified to be on the lookout, and about 9 a.m., a person in the 200 block of Carneros Road called police to state they believe Bosco had killed their dog and attacked another dog, he said. The landowner had placed Bosco in a kennel, and deputies picked him up, Monarque said.  In the early afternoon, Bosco was taken to the Monterey County Animal Control shelter and euthanized, he said. The decision was a difficult one, Monarque stated, but had to be made in light of a prior incident. That incident was not specified. Richards said the dog was 3 to 5 years old, originally from the Netherlands and trained to respond to commands in Dutch.
article & photo submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
K-9 Unit
The Canine Unit is a general use resource of personnel and dogs that may respond anywhere within the County to situations requiring a trained police dog and handler. They offer a very specialized function which includes locating, controlling and apprehending suspects, crowd control, locating missing persons, and narcotics detection. There are currently three general service dogs in the unit. K-9 support is available countywide on a 24/7 basis. The dogs are owned by the County and trained with their handlers. The handlers and their dogs must obtain semi-annual certification.

In Loving Memory of

January 9, 2010
Handler: Officer Tony Machelli
Taylor Police Department
122 Union Street
Taylor, PA  18517

Taylor's first police dog dies, community mourns
Nine years ago, the borough's police dog, Boss, indicated to Officer Tony Machelli he found drugs in a trash can. An initial search of the trash can failed to find drugs, recalled Officer Machelli, of Blakely. But the officer's subsequent search did. "Since that day in 2000, I never doubted him," Officer Machelli said. "Boss was everything to me." Boss, who died at age 11, meant something to many in the community. As Officer Machelli mourns the loss of Boss earlier this month, he and borough officials also will remember the German Shepherd as a friend and trusted partner.
"He's not just a dog, he's a police officer," Mayor Richard Bowen said. "He will be missed by all." Taylor police officers are wearing mourning badges this month, and on Tuesday, borough officials will present Officer Machelli with a plaque in commemoration of Boss's service. Trained by Alan Finn of Designing Dogs in Old Forge, Boss served in Dunmore and then Taylor, before retiring last year. Cross-trained for several activities, Boss worked with youths and apprehended criminals. He participated in education programs  and search and rescue operations.
Like the officers he worked with, Boss could be tough or tender, as needed. Three years ago, Boss ripped the ear off a man who kicked him following a high-speed chase. "He had seven career bites," Officer Machelli said, all in felony arrest cases. Yet, Mr. Finn also noted that Boss could be gentle, allowing children to sit on him. Boss also searched the World Trade Center site, following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, worked with state police and served as a model for other police departments, Mr. Finn said. "Everybody in the community knew Boss," he added. Contact the writer: jmrozinski
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir CPWDA & Dawn Lanham, Dispatcher-New Castle DE