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
December 29, 2010

K9 DAR is the center K9 )
Handler: Officer Bob Schoonover
O'Fallon Police Department
100 North Main Street  
O'Fallon, MO 63366

O'Fallon, MO Police K-9 Passes Away 

The O’Fallon MO Police Department is announcing the passing of K-9 Dar, on Wednesday, December 29, 2010. He was a retired police canine. He was more than just a dog he was a very valued member of the O’Fallon Police Department for 4 years until he retired on October 1st of 2008.
K-9 Dar was a true friend to his K-9 handler Officer Bob Schoonover. Officer Schoonover remembers K-9 Dar as doing his job to assist and protect without complaint. The two spent more time together during their working years than Officer Schoonover spent with the rest of his family. His son Christian used to tell him how lucky they were to have Dar, because none of his friends could say they had a police dog in their home.
Officer Schoonover and K-9 Dar began their work together with the Missouri State Highway Patrol on February 1st of 2000. In 2003, Officer Schoonover came to work at the O’Fallon Police Department. During their partnership they found over 5000 pounds of marijuana, 1000 pounds of cocaine, several meth labs and heroin. The two of them had numerous successful tracks, finding murder suspects, drug dealers and even missing persons. At the O’Fallon Police Department K-9 Dar’s first task in 2004 was apprehending 2 out of 3 carjackers that were on a rampage from Tennessee. The two of them located the first suspect in minutes and worked an additional 5 hours to apprehend the last suspect. Officer Schoonover considers their most important call at the O’Fallon Police Department was when they saved a little girl’s life in 2006. She had taken too many pills and lay lifeless by a frozen creek. K-9 Dar’s sense of urgency saved her when she was literally minutes from dying.

K-9 Dar finished out his working career with hundreds of dog demos, being available for the police open house and his favorite, Safety Town. He will be missed and remembered for all of his hard work during his police K-9 career.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Officer Dan Lane has been a member of the Waterford Police Department  since 2000 and a K9 handler since 2001. Dan has handled two K9's to date, K9 Czar from 2001 to 2003 and K9 Blitz from 2003 to 2010.  Dan and K9 Blitz were acknowledged as "runner up" for the Daniel Wasson Memorial Award in 2003 and 2004 and have assisted numerous local agencies in both criminal and narcotics arrests.  In June 2009 Dan became an accredited trainer with the North American Police Work Dog Association in the areas of patrol and narcotics.  He has trained or assisted in the training of K9's from both Connecticut and Rhode Island.  Dan has attended seminars throughout the east coast both as a trainer and decoy.  Dan currently holds in service training for teams in Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island.  He is currently the State Coordinator for Connecticut with the North American Police Work Dog Association. Officer Dan Lane has been a member of the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association since 2001.
Diana Damke <>  thank you for your help......

In Loving Memory of
December 27, 2010

Officer Scott Smeeks
Washington County Sheriff's Office
309 4th Street

Marietta, OH 45750
(740) 376-7070


 Dutch, the law enforcement K-9, will be missed
Few bonds exist in life stronger than that of a law-enforcement officer and his partner. K-9 Officer Scott Smeeks of the Washington County Sheriff's Office had one such bond with his partner Dutch. Dutch passed away on Dec. 27, 2010, following a sudden illness; he left behind his family - Scott, Annette, Jessie and Jacob Smeeks. Dutch received his training at Lynnwood Kennels in Fremont, Ohio, and was just over 1 year old when he joined the Belpre Police Department and served five years before he and Smeeks transitioned to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, where he served an additional four years.
Dutch retired to the Smeeks' residents on March 21, 2010; he was respected and loved by fellow officers and feared by the criminal element he encountered on a daily basis. A Dutch Shepherd by breed, Dutch had an intimidating stature with an unwavering dedication and passion for his law enforcement career. He was more than a partner; he was a constant companion and protector of the public he served. Dutch was issued multiple commendations and certifications. He had extensive training in locating, narcotics, evidence search, building and area searches, patrol, arrest and interdiction.
Dutch retired to the Smeeks' residents on March 21, 2010; he was respected and loved by fellow officers and feared by the criminal element he encountered on a daily basis. A Dutch Shepherd by breed, Dutch had an intimidating stature with an unwavering dedication and passion for his law enforcement career. He was more than a partner; he was a constant companion and protector of the public he served. Dutch was issued multiple commendations and certifications. He had extensive training in locating, narcotics, evidence search, building and area searches, patrol, arrest and interdiction.
Smeeks and Dutch were awarded Officers of the Year in 2007. Often we overlook the hard work and dedication of our law enforcement canines; their rigorous endurance and agility training is time consuming and costly. Their extensive training is designed with a single purpose, to protect the public. Countless civilians and law enforcement officer's lives have been saved by these dedicated and relentless law keepers. To Smeeks and every law enforcement officer that has felt the wrenching pain of loosing a canine partner we wish to express our heart felt sympathy and to assure them brighter days are ahead. In honor of the working and retired law enforcement canines, as well as the ones that are no longer with us, consider making a monetary contribution to help support and train these dedicated law keepers. If you cannot make a donations, send the department a note and let them know how much you appreciate their officers and their canines. Smeeks will always remember Dutch's dedication and passion for law-enforcement and more importantly, Dutch will be remembered for his companionship and love that he freely offered the Smeeks family. A protector and champion of the people he served, Dutch will be long remembered and missed by many.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office DICE Team and K-9 Officer Scott Smeeks apprehended two suspects traveling southbound on Interstate 77 at Milepost 6 who were in possession of over 71 grams of cocaine. The cocaine has a street value of approximately $7,500. The two suspects Jeremy B. Green, age 26, 551 College Parkway, Apartment 202, Parkersburg, WV and Chad M. Hatfield, age 23, 9235 Radcliffe Road, Adamsville, OH were stopped for a traffic violation. Deputy Smeeks detected an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle and had the driver exit the vehicle to determine his sobriety. Dutch, Smeeks’ K-9 was deployed and gave a positive indication of narcotics in the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a burnt marijuana “roach” in the ashtray and 71 grams of cocaine inside a coat pocket lying on the back seat. A field test indicated cocaine. The individuals were interviewed by an agent from the Major Crimes Team and indicated the cocaine had been purchased in Zanesville for resale in Parkersburg. The vehicle used to transport the cocaine and $280 in cash was also seized. Both suspects have been charged with possession of cocaine and are incarcerated in the Washington County Jail awaiting an initial appearance in Marietta Municipal Court.
all submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
September 5, 2010

Handler: Donald Coleman
Pittsburgh Probation & Parole Department
Columbia County PA

K9 Daisy was a rescue out of Pittsburg, PA. At two years of age she became certified in narcotics. She worked actively in Columbia County, PA with the Probation and Parole Departments as well as all local and state law enforcement in the area. Due to a lack of K9's in the area Daisy continued to do what she could when called to duty. Unexpectedly on Sept. 5th 2010 she passed away in the early morning hours. She was not only a member of the law enforcement community but a great member of handler Donald Coleman's family. She will be missed.  Submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
February 20, 2010

Handler: Keith Byrd
Umatilla T Tribal Police Department
73303 July Grounds Lane,
Pendleton, OR  97801 
PH; 541 278.0550

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
October 15, 2010

Handler: Sgt. B. Campbell  
Cottonwood Police Department
199 S 6th Street
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Investigation into K-9 death
Dakota, one of the Cottonwood's Police Department K-9's, died Friday. Dakota had been with Cottonwood Police Department for over 2 years and was a valued tool the fight against drugs and crime. The circumstances surrounding the death of Dakota have caused the Department to launch an internal investigation to determine if there were policy or equipment failures. Chief Jody Fanning has also requested the assistance of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office to conduct a criminal investigation to determine if there is any criminal violation on the part of the K-9 handler.

Information at this time shows that Sgt. B. Campbell reported to work at the Cottonwood Police Department on Friday morning around 6 a.m. He had Dakota in his patrol vehicle in the parking lot with the vehicle running. This is a standard procedure for K-9 handlers because the vehicles are especially equipped with the "Hot Dog" alarm system. Cottonwood Police Department K-9 vehicles are equipped the "Hot Dog" alarm to notify handlers if the interior temperature reaches an unsafe level.

The alarm did not activate. Reports indicate that Sgt. Campbell prepared for duty and remained in the police department building until 11:30 before realizing that he had not checked on Dakota. Campbell went to his patrol vehicle and found Dakota in distress and immediately rushed him to the veterinary office. They were unable to revive Dakota and he passed away at about 1 p.m. The interior temperature of the vehicle is not known but the outside temperature was about 84 degrees.

The vehicle and all of its equipment will be inspected during the investigations. "After both investigations are concluded we will look at all policies and procedures to see if there is anything we as a police department can do to better serve our K-9 partners," said CPD spokesman Gareth Braxton-Johnson.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
August 12, 2010

Officer George Walker

Anoka Police Department
275 Harrison Street
Anoka, MN 55303

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 Loss for Anoka PD with sudden death of K9 Deuce
The Anoka Police Department suffered a loss last month with the sudden death of the squad’s only K9. K9 Deuce, a 4 1/2-year-old German shepherd, died unexpectedly Aug. 12 after likely suffering from a rupture in his digestive system, according to Police Chief Phil Johanson. Deuce was the partner of Officer George Walker. The pair had been working together for nearly two years, after Deuce got his start with Officer Willie Koch. When Koch opted for an assignment as the police liaison at Anoka High School, Walker and Deuce were paired up.

According to Johanson, when Deuce started throwing up a bit of blood he was taken to Rum River Veterinary Clinic, where Anoka’s police dogs are treated. The dog then vomited a lot of fresh blood while undergoing tests, and was then taken to the University of Minnesota’s veterinary clinic. A short time later Walker learned that Deuce was not going to make it, said Johanson. Veterinarians said the dog had likely eaten something, maybe a stick, that caused the rupture.

“The K9s do have a lot of value for the police department,” said Johanson. “A K9 is cheaper than an officer, they offer officer protection and they can do a lot of tracking.” The department uses police dogs to track lost children and vulnerable adults, find narcotics in schools and treatment facilities as well as track criminals who flee the scene of a crime. Since joining the Anoka Police Department in 2007, Deuce had received a number of certifications with officers Koch and Walker.
His accomplishments included tracking down a missing 86-year-old man in the Lino Lakes area, tracking numerous suspects and sniffing out narcotics leading to the arrests. Johanson said the department is in the process of finding a replacement dog, which could cost between $5,000 to $6,000. At its last meeting, the Anoka Anti-Crime Commission agreed to donate $3,000 to help offset those costs. While the extra money was not in the budget for a new canine, Johanson said adjustments will be made to add a young dog to the department. Although he is not soliciting donations, two people have already come forward with contributions specifically for a new police dog. The working life of a police dog is five to seven years, although the German shepherds often can live to be up to 14. Once a police dog is retired, it continues to live with its handler, according to Johanson. Up until last year the Anoka PD had been operating with two dogs, when the decision was made to retire K9 Champ and not add a second dog to the force in an effort to cut costs.
Johanson said having only one working police dog is working out fine for the department. In the meantime, Anoka will rely on help from neighboring police departments including Coon Rapids, Fridley, Blaine and Lino Lakes, as well as the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, when a police dog is needed in the city.
Johanson said the department is looking for a dog between the ages of eight months and 1 1/2 years old – a good age for police training. The new dog will also be placed with Walker. Along with tracking and narcotics, there are plans to also have the future police dog certified in bomb detection.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
August 20, 2010

Handler: Retired Detective Cpl. John Sabo  
Melvindale Police Department
3100 Oakwood Blvd
Melvindale, MI 48122
(313) 389-2890
Fax: (313) 382-6038
Department's first police dog dies 
Retired Detective Cpl. John Sabo is getting over the death of his longtime partner, family pet and friend. The Police Department’s first dog, Digger, died Friday. Sabo was his handler. “He was like the foundation for the canine unit, and the future of it,” Sabo said. Digger came into the department in 1998 and retired in 2006; Sabo followed one year later. The dog was a purebred German shepherd and was brought over from Holland when he was about 18 months years old. His coat was a sable color enhanced by black and brown tones.

Sabo said former Police Chief John Difatta asked him if he was interested in starting the department’s first police dog unit, and in 1998 they began training. Before then, Sabo said, they depended on Allen Park and Dearborn’s police dogs. However, because of availability, they decided to do it with their own. Sabo became the department’s first police dog officer, and Digger was the department’s first dog. The department received grants to pay for training and went through the U.S. Police Canine Association.

Through the association, Digger won five trophies and three medals for his knowledge and work in narcotics through competitions. Digger once found 4 pounds of marijuana in a basement’s dropdown ceiling. Sabo said Digger indicated the area in the basement and that it was high. “He would look at me,” Sabo said. “He stood on his hind legs, scratching at the wall trying to get up higher.” Police checked the area above Digger and found the large illegal stash. “He was pretty good at marijuana,” Sabo said.

Digger also tracked a kilo of cocaine in a residence. He spent time going to schools and community events, although, Sabo admitted, Digger did not especially love children because he had “big ears and a big tail.” Mackey, another German shepherd, replaced Digger in 2006. Since retirement, Digger has been the Sabo family’s dog. “Whenever I needed him, he was there,” Sabo said. “He had my back and the other officers’ backs.” AAA Pet Services of Taylor handled the arrangements after Digger’s death. The service dog’s remains will be cremated and kept at Sabo’s house.  
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

January 2010

Handler: Elizabeth Kirk  
Madison Twp. Police Department
Police Department
211 S. Carroll St.
Madison, WI 53709

CHIEF'S OFFICE:(608) 266-4022
waiting for more information......

The department’s K9 teams provide a great service to the community, tracking missing persons, apprehending suspects and locating evidence. They allow patrol officers to work in a safer and more efficient manner and perform functions that human officers are simply unable to do. For example, officers searching a building—without the benefit of a K9 team—will take much longer to perform the search (and will be exposed to greater risk). Performing a building search with a K9 team will enable to the search to be performed in much less time, increasing efficiency (freeing up officers for other calls/duties) and decreasing risk to officers. The K9 teams have tracked (and located) missing persons, apprehended dangerous suspects, and been responsible for the removal of a significant amount of illegal drugs and weapons from the community.  All the costs of the patrol K9 teams (except for officer salaries) are provided by community donations. A non-profit organization – Capital K9’s – staffed by community volunteers raises funds to support the unit.

In Loving Memory of

Handler:  Officer Shirley
Norfolk Southern Police Department
Norfolk Southern, GA

Norfolk Southern Police officers worked as part of the security team during the Democratic National Convention in Denver In August.  K9 Specialist Ron Lubek and his partner, K9 Devil, from Chicago, and Officer Troy Smith, Special Agent from Kana City, MO worked with nearly 75 other railroad police agents and 40 K9 teams from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and Union Pacific Railroad, all under the direction of the U.S. Secret Service to Provide security.  Lubek, Smith and Devil were assigned to protect NS office cars at Union Station.  K9 Devil, a trained explosives dog, helped check the office cars and other rail properties for possible explosive devices several times a day.   submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
June 15, 2010


Handler: Russ Luke  
Beretta Protective Services
Edmonton Police Service

Saying goodbye to a beloved canine friend
Leduc residents are mourning the passing of a beloved canine friend. Daisy, a purebred German shepherd who has been the face of Beretta Protective Services for almost nine years, was put to sleep June 15 at 3:30 p.m. after suffering massive organ failure. Daisy's owner, Russ Luke, said Daisy was just six weeks shy of her 10th birthday and retirement from her position as marketing dog for Beretta when she became ill, but said she enjoyed a wonderful life and career teaching local children about dog safety. "We're very thankful we had the time we had with her," he said. "She was one of a kind." Daisy was a "miracle dog" who wasn't expected to live past age five, Luke said. Bred to be a police dog, she was disqualified by the Edmonton Police Service when she was a year old after an x-ray showed she had a degenerative hip condition.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
May 21, 2010


Handler: Officer Wayne W. Holben
est Reading Police Department
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611-1452
(610) 373-0111
West Reading police dog Dolfo, suffering from cancer, is euthanized
West Reading's police dog, Dolfo, has died. Dolfo's partner, Officer Wayne W. Holben, said he noticed the German shepherd in quite a bit of pain Sunday so he took him to a veterinarian. The dog was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Holben said he had Dolfo put down Friday afternoon at a veterinary office. He and Dolfo, who would have turned 9 next month, had been working together since October 2003, when the Hungarian-born shepherd came out of training.
"I see him more than I see my family," Holben said. "He's with me 24/7, so when something like this happens, it hurts." Dolfo lived with the policeman and his wife and their 2-year-old daughter. "He's part of the family when he's at home," Holben said before taking Dolfo to the vet Friday. "When it's time to go to work, he's ready to go." Dolfo was trained for patrol and narcotics detection. A highlight of his career occurred in 2008 when he found a man who had fallen after wandering into the woods from Hamburg.  
Holben and Dolfo responded to a Hamburg police request for help in finding the man. Dolfo was credited with saving the man, who was in the beginning stages of hypothermia, Holben said. For that, Dolfo was honored by Hamburg Borough Council and the Berks County Fraternal Order of Police, he said. The borough police department plans to get Holben a new partner.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
April 3, 2010

Handler: Rachel Panter
Bandon Police Department
Chief of Police Bob Webb
PO Box 67 555 Highway 101
Bandon, Oregon 97411
Phone: (541)347-2241. Fax: (541)347-2206

Police Dog Dozer Died
Dozer the Bandon Police Department's dog was recently put to sleep.

The community lost a fuzzy friend on April 3 when 9-year-old black Labrador retriever Dozer, a local canine officer, was put to sleep after developing a prostatic tumor. Owner Rachel Panter, an administrative assistant at the Bandon Police Department, said Dozer’s lineage included champions in the fields of agility and hunting. “Dozer was like my first child,” Panter said. “He became my dog and a member of the department when he was five weeks old.” Dozer, who sired 64 puppies, was trained in narcotics detection and in tracking/search and rescue. He also was the department’s official greeter.

As part of a cold water rescue team that disbanded several years ago, Dozer was trained to take a life ring to someone in the water and to tow a victim or a small boat back to land. His water rescue training sessions, with former police chief Bob McBride’s dog, Maggie, drew crowds to the waterfront. “I still see (Dozer) flying off the dock like a rocket and Maggie just flopping into the water like a tug boat,” McBride said last week. Both dogs were in the water at the South Jetty during the December 2003 rescue of a boy that resulted in the drowning death of reserve officer Russ Simpson.

Dozer participated in dozens of tracking and water rescue trainings, and was involved in a like number of police dog demonstrations at local schools, at Bullard's Beach State Park and a few other venues. According to his owner, Dozer never ran away, chewed on shoes or furniture, or had any accidents inside the house. He didn’t dig holes, or howl or bark unnecessarily. He never bit people, had a flea infestation or complained. He was rarely ill, but was struck by a porcupine once and by a skunk a time or two.

Panter said, “You could lay anything next to him in the car — a steak, a plate of cookies — and leave him alone for any length of time and he wouldn’t even look at it, let alone touch it. “(The late sergeant) Carl (Nayaert) always thought he was part deer because he could jump so high. … You could tell him to fly and he’d jump really high into the air. If he caught a tossed Frisbee or tennis ball before it hit the ground, he’d do a victory dance, spinning around and around like a washing machine. That always cracked people up.”

In addition to his official duties, Dozer accompanied Panter and her family wherever they went — work, shopping, family events, the beach, vacations, football games, etc. “He always lived to please anyone and everyone around him, and he went everywhere with us,” she said. “To all those happy moments in our busy lives, and to those emotionally fraught times when it seemed like he could comfort you when nothing else could.” He was probably happiest when playing ball.
“He has been loved and spoiled by many, similar to that of a local celebrity, without any of the ego,” Panter said. “He was content just to be part of our pack. To the end, he was more concerned with how we were feeling — distraught, upset, grief — than about his own ills.”

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA 

In Loving Memory of

April 7, 2010
Handler: Sheriff’s Deputy Bob Perkins  
Lorain County Sheriff's Department
46268 Butternut Ridge Road
Oberlin, OH 44074-9731
(440) 774-1025
Sheriff’s canine officer Drago has died after battle with cancer 
Drago, canine partner to sheriff’s deputy Bob Perkins for seven years, died today after a brief battle with cancer. Drago, a German shepherd, was retired in October at age 9, and at the time Perkins expressed his displeasure at the decision. “It was not my choice to retire him. He’s not ready to retire and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down,’’ Perkins told The Chronicle. “It’s funny, but when we’re on vacation, I have to play with him with his toys or hide stuff to let him have some fun.
“He’s just so gung-ho. He gets that pumped up.” Drago officially joined Perkins’ family of two sons, a fiancée, and five other dogs after Perkins bought the shepherd from the county for $1.Drago apparently took a turn for the worse shortly after his retirement. Perkins posted the following to his Facebook page Wednesday evening:
Today a part of me died.
K-9 Drago was a Loyal Partner, companion, and friend.
He passed away in my arms today after a brief battle with cancer.
His retirement lasted only 5 months, but his memories will be with me forever.
Rest in Peace.”
Drago has had more than 100 narcotics and patrol apprehensions and was recognized by Lorain County commissioners at the time of his retirement. At the commissioners meeting the CT’s Steve Fogarty reported: Just as Commissioner Ted Kalo wished Drago a long and happy retirement, the dog barked loudly, almost as if on cue, which triggered laughter throughout the room and sparked an even more boisterous round of barks from the dog, who seemed to know the fuss was about him. Among the mementos Perkins received from fellow deputies was a throw blanket bearing a likeness of him and Drago, who was imported from Germany by a Cleveland police officer and animal trainer.

Police dog Drago's funeral service will be Saturday in Elyria

Drago patrolled for seven years with Lorain County Sheriff's Deputy Bob Perkins.

The funeral service for police dog Drago is set for Saturday. Drago died of cancer April 7 after serving for seven years alongside Deputy Bob Perkins. The procession lineup will start at noon at the Lorain County Sheriff's Office, 9896 Murray Ridge Road. At 12:30 p.m., the vehicles will go north on Murray Ridge, right onto Leo Bullocks Parkway, veer right at West 3rd Street into downtown, go right on Middle Avenue and left at the AMVETS Hall, 11087 South Middle Ave. The service will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a reception at the hall.

Law enforcement says goodbye to "a good police dog" 
More than one of the approximately 100 people who turned out to honor Lorain Sheriff’s Office K-9 Drago at his memorial service Saturday afternoon wiped away tears as Drago’s number was called for the last time. “K-9 317, K-9 317, K-9 317 … Drago … Rest in eternal peace,” called a voice over a police radio. Drago, who retired in October, died from cancer April 7 and was honored with a processional through downtown Elyria that included representatives from at least eight other law enforcement agencies, their K-9s in tow.

Drago’s handler, Deputy Robert Perkins, made the crowd laugh and cry during his remarks about his partner of eight years, at one point mentioning Elyria Officer James Kerstetter, who was shot and killed March 15 while responding to a call. Perkins said he and Kerstetter were very good friends, and he’s been struggling to deal with the loss of Kerstetter and, now, the loss of Drago. “On this day, I lost my partner, my hero, my friend, my dog,” Perkins said.

“Drago has moved on from his temporary home and is guarding the gates to heaven, waiting till we meet again for another journey … Jimmy Kerstetter, take care of my Drago. May God bless you both … Partners forever.” Perkins was choked up and wiping away tears by the end of his remarks, as was his family, which lost a beloved pet. Fellow sheriff’s K-9 Officer Mike Mettler said the bond among K-9 officers, as well as the bond between a K-9 and his handler, is unique.

“The reality is, they’re a tool for the department,” Mettler said of his own dog, Kaspar. “The reality is, when push comes to shove, they’re not supposed to come home and we are, but there’s an attachment. I work him, (my family) loves him.” Mettler said when everyone told him to give up on Kaspar because of the dog’s aggressive tendencies, Perkins volunteered to work through those problems with him and Kaspar - something he’s very grateful for.

Sheriff Phil Stammitti said after the service that Drago, who had a paw in 100 apprehensions during his career, was “a good police dog. He was dedicated to the citizens of this county.” Perkins, a 22-year veteran with the sheriff’s office and a 14-year K-9 officer, said he hopes to work with a K-9 again. “I’m totally dedicated to the program,” Perkins said. “I would love to finish out my career in the K-9 unit.”  submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

Hi Lulu,
  Things are good here. thank you for your email. We did get another German all was a blessing. He is NOT a working K9;but has been a source of compassion, love and Healing for both of us, but especially Bob.
This dog is the most mild mannered, loving,laid back old man in a puppy body! There are soo many times we just look at eachother in amazment at the things he does that makes us believe our "Drago" has been reincarnated into this new baby.
He was abandoned in a field at approx 8 wks old. The lady who lives across the street, saw the woman dump him and drive off.She actually chased her down to her house and knocked; they denied it was theirs despite the parents and other pups in yard....but it all worked for good; as they saw the news story on Drago and drove to the Sheriffs Dept to get in contact with Bob. We went out to look at him but I said no;we had only just lost Drago 3 days earlier. We had the memorial service for Drago that saturday....and sunday we were driving out to pick up this new pup...Bob really felt drawn to him...and the rest is history!
God does work in mysterious and wonderous ways.. for our own good. Other than about 23 shoes hes chewed up; hes a blessing. He got Bob thru the hard times...and still does.
I had emailed you as our county lost anothwer K9;Bandit from Amherst was in our training group; Bob planned his memorial service;so all the feelings were drudged up...very emotional again but we were blessed to be put in a position to support mark Cawthon and his family.
 Thank you again for following up on us. I sooo appreciate your friendship and the service you provide.
Many wishes of health and blessings over these Holiday times!

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog,they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog that comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough,all the components of my heart will be dog,and I will be as generous and loving as they are."

p.s. emails like this bring joy to my heart helping others.... lulu


In Loving Memory of
January 13, 2010

Painting by Tracy Klett

Handler: Deputy Thomas Crompton
Oconee County Sheriff’s Office
300 South Church Street
Walhalla, SC 29691-2126
(864) 638-4111
Painting by Tracy

Police dog injured in crash dies
Steve Jenkins, captain of field operations for the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed to The Journal on Wednesday night that Dasher, the law enforcement dog injured when the K-9 Unit vehicle he was in was hit in Monday’s accident that claimed the life of an 82-year-old man, has died. Jenkins said the dog’s handler, deputy Thomas Crompton, noticed swelling in the dog’s belly Wednesday morning, more than 24 hours after the crash. Later veterinarian examinations, including an evaluation from a Greenville vet, revealed that Dasher’s stomach had been irreparably twisted during the accident, causing delayed injury. Jenkins said a surgery likely would have been able to put several days on the life of Crompton’s canine partner, but Crompton ultimately decided to have the police dog euthanized to spare its suffering. The Journal will report further on Dasher’s death and accomplishments as a police dog of Oconee County Sheriff’s Office in Friday’s issue. 
Oconee County sheriff's deputy Sgt. Tommy Crumpton lost his partner Dasher, a law enforcement dog, after a three-vehicle accident on Interstate 85 on Monday. Dasher suffered internal injuries and died Wednesday. The accident claimed the life of an 82-year-old Rock Hill man. 
The Oconee County Sheriffs Office announced Thursday that a memorial service will be held to honor the service of a law enforcement dog that died in the line of duty. Lt. Travis Tilson, public information officer for the Sheriffs Office, said details of the service would be announced when arrangements were complete. “Dasher gave his life in the line of duty, faithfully at his handler’s side during a traffic stop on the interstate,” Lt. Tilson said. Dasher, a German Shepherd, was euthanized Wednesday after the discovery of internal injuries resulting from a Monday traffic accident on Interstate 85 involving a Sheriff’s SUV and two other vehicles. Tilson said Dasher’s handler, Sgt. Thomas Crompton, noticed swelling in the dog’s stomach area Wednesday. Initially, the dog had been examined only for apparent minor injuries to its nose. An examination revealed that Dasher’s stomach had been irreparably damaged during the accident, Tilson said. Tilson said Dasher served with the Sheriffs Office from August 12, 2005 to January 13, 2010 and was a dual purpose K-9, trained in both narcotics detection and suspect tracking and apprehension.
According to Tilson, the dog was instrumental in a list of achievements that included, in various incidents, seizure of five firearms, more than 80 pounds of marijuana, about half a pound of crack cocaine, three kilograms of cocaine, seven pounds of methamphetamine, more than 1,000 ecstasy pills and more than $500,000 in cash. The dog was also involved in five felony apprehensions. The incident in which Dasher was injured occurred Monday near Exit 4 of Interstate 85’s northbound lane and cost the life of an 82-year-old Rock Hill man.
Sgt. Crompton had stopped a vehicle in the emergency lane when his Sheriff’s Office Tahoe containing Dasher was struck from behind by a 2004 Toyota driven by Thomas Linton of Rock Hill. Linton died of his injuries Monday at AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson, according to Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis.
Memorial Service Held For Upstate K9 - Police Dog Killed In Car Accident
An Upstate police dog, who recently died from injuries he sustained in a car accident, was remembered Monday morning. The Oconee County Sheriff's Office K9, named Dasher, was injured in a wreck on Interstate 85. He was later put down because of internal injuries. Monday, members of the Oconee County Sheriff's Office as well as members of the community arrived at the law enforcement center for a memorial for Dasher and to support his handler, Sgt. Tommy Crompton. Dasher was 7 years old and the first Oconee County K9 to died in the line of duty. "We had a good run. He done good work we enjoyed doing what we were doing," Crompton said. A marker will go in front of the law enforcement center in memory of Dasher. 

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA