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
so far there are 5 KILO's on this 2010 site.
In Loving Memory of
( MWD )
April, 2010
Handler: Senior Airman Monty Ell
Ceremony held for fallen K-9 at Grizzly Bend  - 4/8/10 - Montana 
MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont..  -- Very few military members have the rare and distinctive honor of handling military working dogs. These four-legged members fulfill some of the most dangerous jobs that could be assigned, including narcotics detection, supporting of Federal and local Law Enforcement and suspect pursuit. Just like all military members, they work to protect and sustain the freedoms of our nation. On March 7, Malmstrom lost one of those members to a cancerous tumor. His name was Kajo.

MWD Kajo's memorial ceremony was held outside the Grizzly Bend Club April 2. More than 60 people, including fellow dog handlers and their K-9 accomplices, attended the ceremony paying their respects to their fallen comrade. After the service and a slide presentation of Kajo's life and contributions to the United States Air Force, the crowd was released outdoors for the 21 gun salute and presentation of the colors near Medal of Honor Park.

Kajo was whelped on Sept. 1, 2002. He entered Narcotics Detection training in April of 2004, and after receiving his certification, was trained and certified as a Patrol Narcotics dog in September. He was assigned to Malmstrom Air Force Base on Sept. 24. One of his previous handler's, Tech. Sgt. Mark Chandler, 341st Security Forces Squadron K-9 handler, recalled some fond memories of the time he spent with Kajo. "I started to work with Kajo in May of 2008," said Sergeant Chandler.
"I'm the trainer and only work a dog when we are low manned but have many great memories of working with him. I think the best memory was when the former vice wing commander came out and put on a bite suit to take bites from a dog. Kajo did a great job and took him to the ground more than once. It's not every day you get to release your dog on wing leadership." Senior Airman Monty Ell was also reminded of some of Kajo's skills and characteristics.

"He could find lost or hiding people in buildings or fields, find drugs anywhere, or stop a fleeing suspect at a moment's notice, "said Airman Ell, Kajo's most recent K-9 handler. "When it comes to patrol work, Kajo knew what he was doing and I knew that if anything would happen while on duty Kajo would not think twice. He would always have my back. He would do what he was trained to do, to protect his handler, Security Forces members, civilians or military members from any harm."

Airman Ell was Kajo's handler for the last four months, working side by side with him to complete the day-to-day mission. "Losing a partner is always hard," Airman Ell said. "You spend almost as much time with the dog as you do your family between training and actual work. After a couple of weeks you build a strong bond with them, and you begin to trust each other. Kajo, even though he was nearing the end of his life, worked as hard as he could to please his handler and protect all the people assigned to Malmstrom even up to the last seconds.
He's more than just a friend to me, he's a hero, and he's a rock star." Kajo had shown no signs of being sick initially. During his last mission when he responded to an alarm activation in the armory of building 500, he went in and cleared it like a champ. Upon his return to the kennels, the handlers noticed he wasn't looking like himself, and that his stomach was swelling, so they took him to the veterinarian. The vet conducted a series of tests and found blood in his chest cavity. After undergoing exploratory surgery, it was found that Kajo had cancer.

A quote from Jeffery Bennett, co-executive producer of "War Dogs, Americas Forgotten Heroes" summed up the sentiment affiliated with the loss of a K-9 member. "The leather leash and chain hanging from the kennel represent the eternal bond between dog and handler. The empty kennel where they [the dogs] once slept represents the life that they gave to protect us, our brothers and our freedom. The inverted bucket reminds us that they are no longer here for us to fulfill their needs of food or water, for which in life they asked for no more in return than our companionship and affection. Those who have called themselves dog handlers are the only people who will truly understand the bond between a handler and a dog, a bond which cannot be broken, even in death."
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
September 28, 2010

Handler: John Smiddy
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department
5715 Woodland Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44104
    Ph: 216 426.7760    

The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department regretfully announces the death of one of its canine officers, Kubo, on Monday, September 28, 2010. Canine Kubo became ill suddenly after participating in a training session with his handler, Police Officer John Smiddy. He was pronounced dead shortly after being rushed to a veterinarian. Kubo was born in July 2007 and began his service with the Department in September 2008."Kubo" was an invaluable tool for the agency in the areas of drug detection, tracking, suspect apprehension, and officer protection. "Kubo" performed numerous K-9 demonstrations for area schools, and community events from which the department has received positive feedback from his interaction with the kids.
Over the years, "Kubo" came to mean a lot to so many and had distinguished himself numerous times. His service to the residents of CIv11IA held no boundaries. "Everyone at the station is stunned by his death" stated Chief of Police Andrés Gonzalez. "We are planning a memorial service for next week. A date has not been set" he added.Details regarding the memorial service will be announced in the next few days. Founded in 1933, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority is the oldest public housing authority in the country. The police department has obtained national recognition through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). It serves Cuyahoga County excluding Chagrin Falls Township primarily through two federally assisted housing programs; Low-Income Public Housing, which serves about 16,000 residents and the Housing Choice Voucher Program, which provides rental assistance for 14,000 households.

Roethlisberger donates to CMHA police  -  Money will be used to buy equipment for K9 unit.  Thursday, December 30, 2010

(Pittsburgh) - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has some new fans in the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department.  On Thursday, Roethlisberger announced the ninth and final grant of the 2010 season from The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department will use the grant to buy much needed detection training supplies and protection equipment for their K-9 unit.  The funds will help fill a void in the department left by the loss of Kubo, CMHA’s three-year old police dog, who died on September 27 during a training exercise.             

Chief of Police Andres Gonzalez tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, "I want to thank The Ben Foundation Foundation for this very timely award. We will now be able to enhance our training program and purchase needed items and vests for our K-9 unit."  CEO and Safety Director George Phillips-Oliver added, "I appreciate the consideration given to us by The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. This generous grant will significantly enhance our police department. It will be used to improve the K-9 unit."  The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation distrubutes grants to police and fire departments in Pittsburgh and surrounding communities of each regular season away-game for the Steelers in the 2010 season.  The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation invited police and fire departments in the nine cities to submit proposals detailing their needs.   submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
November 4, 2010 

Handler: Lisa Williams
Waco TX

Waco,Texas K-9 Kilo passed away November 4,2010 at 15. He had been an active Drug Dog since he was 4 months old.
He brought home 1st and 2nd place Trophys at NNDDA
He will be missed and will remain in our hearts forever says handler Lisa Williams.
Rest in Peace. 
 Submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
May 28, 2010

Handler: Thomas Stanley
Lenoir County Sheriff's Office
130 S. Queen St.
Kinston, NC  28501

My name is Thomas Stanley and I am a K9 Handler / Deputy with the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office in Kinston, North Carolina. On May 28, 2010 my 9 year old Belgian Malinois K9 named " Kilo" had to be put to rest due to stomach cancer that caused an irremovable tumor.  
   Kilo was a full service patrol K9 purchased by the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office from Southern Police Canine Inc in Spring Hope, North Carolina. Kilo was used by the Lenoir County Sheriffs Office to conduct narcotics searches, area searches, building searches, article searches, criminal apprehension, officer protection, and to track missing persons or missing children or to track wanted criminals. Kilo was also used to do K9 demonstrations at local schools in Lenoir County.  
  I Deputy Thomas Stanley am the second handler of Kilo. Kilo's first handler was Lt Mike Powell with the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office. I Deputy Thomas Stanley was sent in October 2008 to Southern Police Canine to become Kilo's new handler. Since October 2008 Kilo has been responsible for numerous drug arrest and for the arrest of two Breaking and Entering suspects by tracking them and locating a gun that the suspects used during the incident by attempting to discard it by throwing it in a growled up ditch next to the highway.
  On January 12, 2010 during the execution of a search warrant K9 Kilo and I " handler Thomas Stanley " were doing a narcotics search of a residence and was responsible for indicating and locating a hidden trap door inside a shop that led to a full-length 40 foot long school bus that was buried approximately 8 feet underneath the shop located behind the residence. Located inside the buried school bus was 68 mature marijuana plants each approximately 4 feet tall. There were numerous arrest made in this marijuana bust. All 68 marijuana plants were seized as evidence and weighed approximately 35 pounds with an estimated street value at $ 40,000 dollars.
  Kilo was an officer on the force for the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office. Kilo loved his job and was ready and willing to work all the time. Kilo lived with me, my wife Vickie and our daughter Callie at our home. Kilo will be missed forever and will always have a special place in our hearts. We love you Kilo you were not only a K9, or partner, but our friend.
submitted by Thomas Stanley

In Loving Memory of
November 2010

Handler: Brandon Yates

Box Elder County Sheriff’s Department

52 S 1000,
Brigham City, UT

TEL. (435) 734-3800

Tribute to a fellow officer

Heroes don’t always come equipped with superhuman powers. Sometimes they come with massive paws, a wet tongue and a lot of canine charisma. Such was the case with K-9 Officer Kosmo, a 100-pound black and brown Rottweiler and three-year veteran of the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Department, who lost his life to pancreatic cancer in early November. His fellow officer and partner, Brandon Yates, said Kosmo was his buddy, his protector and his full-time friend. After all, Kosmo had been at his side since Yates picked him out of a litter when he was just nine weeks old to be a family pet. At that time Yates was already working in the county jail.  
He decided to begin training Kosmo as a narcotics dog on his own time. Soon the dog was certified and Yates had moved from his jailer position to the road. Kosmo went along and continued duo training as a patrol animal. When another K-9 officer left the department, Yates received permission to bring Kosmo on board. The animal was five years old, fairly mature in dog years to begin a career as a police officer, but Yates said he was in ‘dog heaven’ on the force. “He was PR dog for the department,” Yates remembered. “He was always ready to say hi, make the social rounds. Maybe he was a little too friendly and loveable for a police dog. But he understood his role here.” Kosmo spent many hours as a demonstration dog, showing off his search and attack skills at schools and in front of other groups. Yates said he never had to worry about his mellow partner, even in a room of 300 first graders, all wanting to pet him. “He ate up the attention,” Yates said.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
October 15, 2010

Handler: Constable Marc Garrels
Niagara Falls Police Department
Niagara Regional Police Service
68 Church Street.  St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 3C6
Telephone (905) 688-4111
1925 Main St.
Niagara Falls, CANADA 14305

Police Service Dog “Kane” Succumbs to Rare Medical Condition
Niagara Regional Police have lost a member of their dog pack.
On Friday, October 15th, 2010, Niagara Regional Police Service Dog “Kane” was off duty
 and in the company of his partner/handler when he was observed to be in some type of medical distress.  “Kane” 
was immediately taken to a veterinary clinic where, despite the best efforts of veterinary staff, he succumbed
 to a mesenteric twist of the bowel, a medical illness that occurs suddenly and without warning.
Kane was a valued member of the Niagara Regional Police Service and served proudly and loyally as a member 
of the Canine Unit for two years. 
On Friday, October 15th, 2010, Niagara Regional Police Service Dog “Kane” was off duty and in the company 
of his partner/handler when he was observed to be in some type of medical distress. 
“Kane” will be sadly missed by his partner and handler, Constable Marc Garrels, the Garrels family, 
and the Niagara Regional Police Service.
Kane, who joined the service's canine unit two years ago, died over the weekend after a sudden medical problem.
Police said the dog was off-duty and with his handler, Const. Marc Garrels, when he went into distress.
He was taken to a veterinary clinic, but died of a twisted bowel before anything could be done for him, police said.

Authorized & Prepared By: DAVÉ, Nilan
Rank & File No: Constable, 9260
Unit: Media Relations
Date Submitted: 10/18/2010  - submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA & Nilan Dave

In Loving Memory of
July, 2010


Former Handler: Officer Brian Todd 
Midvale Police Department
7912 South Main Street
Midvale, Utah 84047
Non-emergency dispatch: (801)840-4000

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
July 13, 2010

Sgt. Rich Mark
Chillicothe Police Department

823 North 2nd Street
 Chillicothe, IL 61523-1848
Ph: 309.274.2129

Police Department without K9 Konan
For a police dog, 10-year-old Konan led a long life serving the city of Chillicothe until the very end. “He was really good PR,” said handler and Sgt. Rich Mark. “He had a very good temperament. He just loved to work.” Joining the police department in May 2002 from Ohio, K-9 Konan was Chillicothe’s first police dog. Last working second shift July 12, Mark said the routine seemed normal except Konan did not eat that night. “I don’t know if he was feeling bad then or not.” The next morning Konan greeted him, but could not walk. “I don’t know if he just needed to see me one more time or what,” said Mark. The sergeant sat down and laid the dog in his lap.
Konan did not look good, he said. In a period of about three minutes, Mark pet Konan, who gave him a kiss, shook once and died around 7:45 a.m. “It was just weird,” he said. “I knew right away that was it. He just had that look.” There was not time to get him to Chillicothe Veterinary Clinic, which has taken care of Konan’s health needs, Mark said. He was taken there later. His handler said the death was quick and peaceful for the all-black German shepherd, who just celebrated his birthday July 1. Normal retirement age for police dogs is 9 to 11.

“He made it to 10. It was sad, but I
had always hoped he’d go like this,” said Mark as some police dogs retire and then whine to go to work each day. Like Konan, most receive their training until they are 2 years old. Most then work six to nine years. The first half of Konan’s career he worked with police officer Brent Cranford, and once Cranford left the department, he spent the latter half with Mark. Konan was purchased through donations made by community members with the Claud-Elen Days Committee beginning
 the K-9 fund. Konan and his handlers answered many calls and well over 100 arrests, Mark roughly estimated.

Not only did Konan arrive on scene in Chillicothe, he also assisted other agencies when needed.  Like police officers, Mark said when Konan came home from working it was his time to relax. They went for walks or played ball in the yard. Last week arrangements were being made for Konan’s ashes, and a memorial will be established at the front of the police department with its landscaping. “He was a devoted member of our department and will be missed,” said Chillicothe Police Chief Steve Maurer. “He loved going to work with Rich.” Discussions continue about another K-9 dog to join the force in September, but last week Mark was unsure if he would be
 the handler.
“We’re not pushing the issue on him,” said Maurer. Like residents’ pets, a dog is a commitment, Mark said. As the senior officer, Mark gave up his position of first-shift on days with no weekends when he agreed to be Konan’s handler years ago. Additionally, he plans to retire in the next eight years. “If we get another dog, he’ll probably work as long as I would,” said Mark. For both the dog and its training, Maurer said the city will spend about $11,000, possibly coming from the department’s drug forfeiture, vehicle impoundment and DARE funds.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA 

In Loving Memory of
July 18, 2010

Handler: Deputy Joe Zurfluh  
Wood County Sheriff's Department
Courthouse Building
400 Market St.  P.O. Box 8095
Wis Rapids, WI  54495-8095
Wood County K-9 dog dies  
Wood County Deputy Joe Zurfluh stands with his K-9 dog Kilo in May.
Kilo died Sunday after an inoperable tumor was discovered on his spine.

Wood County Sheriff's Department members are mourning the loss of the county's K-9. After four days of physical problems -- apparently related to a cancerous tumor -- Wood County's drug dog, Kilo, died Sunday evening, authorities announced Tuesday. "It's a devastating loss to the department and to the handler (Deputy Joe Zurfluh)," Undersheriff Dave Joosten said at Tuesday's Wood County Board meeting. On July 14, Sheriff's Department personnel took the dog out for a regular training day and noticed the almost 4-year-old Belgian malinois, which served the department for about two years, was experiencing physical coordination problems, said Lt. Shawn Becker, who oversees the county's K-9 unit as head of the department's patrol division.

That same day, authorities took Kilo to a local veterinarian clinic and then let him rest for a couple of days, but the animal's health continued to deteriorate, with the dog's back legs becoming somewhat paralyzed. A veterinarian at the Fox Valley Animal Referral Center in Appleton conducted an MRI Saturday morning and discovered an inoperable cancerous tumor on Kilo's spine, Becker said. When doctors said the dog likely would not be able to continue in law enforcement, Sheriff's Department officials made what they said was a difficult decision to euthanize the animal.

"We decided as a group, conferring with the sheriff, the undersheriff, Deputy Zurfluh and myself, that it was the best course of action," Becker said. "The bottom line was Kilo was suffering, and we couldn't continue to have him suffer." Although the county previously purchased an insurance policy on the dog, the policy did not cover natural disease and death, Joosten said. "We have set funds aside in case something like this were to happen," Becker said. "That doesn't mean we're prepared for it."

Department officials plan to continue the K-9 program but still must decide how to proceed, Becker said. During the mid-1990s, the department became one of the first law enforcement agencies in the area to have a K-9 unit. Since then, three dogs have served in the position, providing deputies with drug enforcement, search and rescue, and tracking assistance. The Wisconsin Rapids, Grand Rapids and Marshfield police departments and the Portage County Sheriff's Department also have K-9 units. While Wood County authorities plan to recognize Kilo's life and service to the department, those arrangements still are pending, Becker said. "Our main focus (right now) is with Deputy Joe Zurfluh getting through this difficult time," he said.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
July 8, 2010

Handler: Sgt. Terry Crews

Alachua County Sheriff's Office
2621 SE Hawthorne Road
Gainesville FL 32641

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 ASO Police dog King dies during training exercise

A canine member of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office was euthanized Thursday after being critically injured during a training exercise. King, a Belgian malinois, joined the K-9 unit about six months ago, said sheriff's Lt. Steve Maynard. "By every account, this was an accident, but we are following our policy and investigating it," Maynard said. Maynard said King and his handler, Sgt. Terry Crews, were training in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida about 8:45 p.m. when King suddenly and without a command jumped over a retaining wall.

King landed awkwardly on his front legs, shoulder and side of his face. The fall broke his back. "The dog was seated next to (Crews) and he jumped over the wall. It was obvious when he hit the ground on the other side that he sustained an injury. When they rushed him to the veterinarian, the vet said his back was broken," Maynard said. "The decision was made that this was the type of injury that (King) would not be able to recover from and he was euthanized."

King was rushed in the police car -- with lights and sirens in use -- to a 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic on Tower Road. Maynard said he did not know the location of the wall in the stadium, its height or the depth of the fall.K-9 training is often done in the stadium to acclimate the dogs to the facility, Maynard said. The dogs are used to sweep the stadium for bombs in advance of games and are routinely taken to the games in case they are needed for crowd control or other measures.

Crews is a 20-year Sheriff's Office veteran who is the SWAT team commander. He has been a K-9 handler for several years.
Police dogs are trained to act on command. King jumped over the wall without being commanded. Deputies suspect King may have spotted another animal such as a squirrel, bird or cat in the stadium.

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office regrets to announce the passing of one of its K9's, King, a Belgian Malinois. He was a member for the K9 unit for 6 months. King succumbed to injuries suffered in a training accident yesterday on the University of Florida campus. Although his time at ACSO was short, King adapted well and enjoyed his work. He will be sorely missed by all that knew him.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA, Bobby E. Earls  and Lt. Steve Maynard  (requested photo) from chief -

In Loving Memory of
May 28, 2010

Handlers: Sgt. Mike Powell
Deputy Thomas Stanley 
Lenoir County Sheriff's Department
Lenoir County Courthouse
130 S. Queen St.  P.O. Box 3289
Kinston, NC 28501
ph: 252.559.6100

submitted by:Rhonda Carter <>

In Loving Memory of
(Seeing Eye K9)
March 20, 2010

Handler: Bernie Vinther
Keennewick, WA

By Robin Wojtanik

KENNEWICK, WA – The day after his dog was killed, Bernie Vinther says he still has to "dry my eyes once in a while. It's hard. I'll sure miss him."  "Kaber" was his beloved service dog. The lab mix had been part of Bernie's family for nearly a decade.
"Seemed so strange to come home last night and he wasn't at my feet greeting me," Bernie said.  Kaber's bed is sadly empty, his bones and toys unused, after a sudden crash killed the dog Wednesday night. Bernie was walking home from a meeting with Kennewick Police, where he has volunteered nearly 15 years. Bernie was at West 6th Avenue and South Washington Street, when he started crossing the street with Kaber. At the same time, Victorino Mendoza was traveling north down the road. Victorino told me he was changing lanes and looked over his shoulder to check his blind spot. When he looked back, he had hit Bernie and his dog.  "There was no hesitation about being hit and how hurt I was, but mostly I was really scared," Bernie said softly.  The side mirror smashed right into Bernie. He has a black eye and bandages. Kaber likely went underneath the car, and died on the way to the vet. "I was in tears a lot, not for my injuries but for the loss of my dog," Bernie said. "That's really, really hard to take and it's going to be that way for a while." 
For Kennewick Police Sergeant Randy Maynard, he knows this is "a difficult position to be in. We're very grateful that Bernie is OK, and he's got a huge amount of support both from the full-time staff as well as volunteer staff."  The guide dog school has a counselors to help members cope with a loss like this.  Kennewick Police forwarded the case to the city attorney as normal procedure. At this point, they don't think Bernie was at fault. The city attorney will decide if anyone will be cited or face charges.  We did speak with the driver, Victorino Mendoza, over the phone. He chose not to go on camera.

A fund was set up for donations for Bernie. Make donations at:
Washington Trust Bank
c/o Guide Dog Fund
3250 W. Clearwater Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 734-0450

In Loving Memory of

January 13, 2010

(looking for photo of KAS)
Handler: Officer Nic Ireland 
Andalusia Police Department
P. O. Box 429

Andalusia, AL 36420
phone:  (334) 222-1155 -
fax:  (334) 222-1122
APD mourns loss of K-9
Members of the Andalusia Police Department are mourning the loss of one of their own after the death of its K-9, Kas. Assistant chief Mike Bowlan said Kas, the K-9 partner of Officer Nic Ireland, died Jan. 13. “Kas was not only a great asset to the Andalusia Police Department but to all of the agencies and citizens of Covington County,” Bowlan said. “To say that he will be missed is an understatement.” Bowlan said Ireland obtained Kas from the United States Department of Defense at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, while he was employed with the Covington County Sheriff’s Department. Kas was a Belgian Malinois, a breed often utilized by law enforcement agencies.

Officer Ireland and Kas conducted many seminars at local schools and were responsible for numerous drug-related cases. Bowlan said Kas was laid to rest on the new APD training facility property where a special place was reserved just for that purpose. “Often when these animals are buried, it is at the handler’s residence, and sometimes the handler may relocate, so we wanted a place utilized for this purpose of keeping it dear to our officers,” he said. “Eventually we have plans to construct a K-9 training facility on this property, and it would only be fitting for us to reserve an area for these animals as they are very important to us.

“When the death of a police dog occurs it affects us all, this is difficult not only for the handlers but also their families,” he said. “These animals become a part of the family as they live with the handler, his wife and children. These animals quickly win your heart each having different personalities, but they are also trained to make a sacrifice if needed to protect human life." A headstone marker for Kas was purchased and donated by local attorney Walt Merrell. “It takes a special kind of officer to be a K-9 handler – putting in all the long training hours, the long hours spent in the patrol vehicles, and then to have to say good-bye to a best friend,” he said. “I know that Officer Ireland is grateful for all the support that was shown to him during this difficult time.”

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
February 26, 2000 - January 6, 2010

Handler: Deputy Gerald Bemis
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
345 W. Second Street
Dayton, Ohio


DOB 2-26-00, DOD (EOW) 1-6-10, Date of service was September 2001 to October 2008

Kain was an amazing dog, loyal partner, and a member of our family. He was retired at time of death.
He will be greatly missed, but always in our hearts. Rest in peace our friend, we will never stop loving you. God speed Kain.

submitted by: From:

In Loving Memory of

January 1, 2010
Painting by Tracy Klett
Handler: Officer Brian Todd
Midvale Police Department
7912 Main Street, Midvale, UT
(801) 256-2500

Cops shoot, kill suspected burglar after police dog killed

Police officers shot and killed a burglary suspect Friday night after the man killed a K-9 during a foot pursuit in Midvale. Just after 8 p.m., police responded to a home burglary in the area. When officers from Midvale and Cottonwood Heights arrived, they chased three suspects on foot, said Midvale Police Chief Tony Mason. One of the men ran into the backyard of a home that borders Interstate 215 near 6700 South and 700 East. There, the suspect shot and killed a K-9 officer named Koda. The dog's handler from Midvale and at least one Cottonwood Heights officer returned fire, hitting the suspect, Mason said.
The man was struck at least once and died at 10:36 p.m. at Intermountain Medical Center, said Midvale Police Sgt. Marcelo Rapela. He did not know the number of times the man was shot, and would not release the suspect's name pending family notification. Eyewitnesses who live across the freeway and could see into the backyard heard three or four loud pops and then heard five or six more pops and corresponding flashes of light shortly after. "All those shots happened in 10 seconds at the most," said Colton Bain, who went onto his second-story apartment balcony to see what the first pops were.
"When we heard the second pops, my wife and I dropped onto our bellies. We didn't want to get in any crossfire." He heard police shouting commands for someone to show his hands, and he said he saw between 12 and 15 flashlights trained on the same spot in the backyard. Two other suspects are in custody. The K-9 officer's handler and his past handler both responded to the call making for a "very emotional" night, Mason said. Both officers were standing very near the dog when he was shot. "It's always a close call," Mason said. "These officers feared for their lives."
Notation from Midvale PD....

K-9 UnitThe Midvale Police K9 Unit is a member of the Multi Agency Deployment concept. Multi Agency is comprised of all the following K9 Units in the Salt Lake valley, Midvale, Murray, Sandy, So. Jordan, So. Salt Lake, West Jordan, West Valley, and Salt Lake City. All of these agencies train together weekly, and the theory behind Multi Agency is if one agency needs a dog or multiple dogs, then a call is made for additional K9 support.

Memorial service planned Tuesday for Midvale police dog Koda
A police K9 killed in the line of duty will be given a memorial service with nearly full police honors. A memorial service for Koda was originally planned for Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the chapel at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Chapel, 1950 E. 10600 South. But by Monday afternoon, the department had received so many phone calls and inquires about the service that a new plan was in the works to hold the memorial service at Hillcrest High School. "We've had such an outpouring from the community," said Midvale police Sgt. Marcelo Rapela.
On the night of New Year's Day, Koda, a 31/2-year-old Belgian Malinois, was helping officers pursue four burglary suspects. Shortly after Koda ran ahead of his handler to get one man, police heard two gunshots. They rounded the corner to find Koda dead. Officers returned fire on the man, hitting and killing Tevita Talanoa Fisiitalia. The chapel where the memorial service was originally going to be held only has room for 500 people, Rapela said. Based on the inquiries his department has had, he said that probably won't be enough room. Koda will be buried with semi-honors, Rapela said. He likely will not have a 21-gun salute. But there will be an honor guard. "It'll be pretty close to the same as a funeral for officers," Rapela said. It was unknown Monday if Koda would be buried in the cemetery or his ashes presented to his handler along with an American flag. The ceremony will mark the first for a Midvale police service animal.

Police dog, Koda, honored for selfless gift of life

Almost 200 police service dogs and their handlers lined up at Hillcrest High School to honor one of their own Saturday. As the remains of Koda, a Midvale police dog shot by a would-be burglar on New Year's Day, were marched down the line, dogs were whimpering and barking as if they might have understood what was going on. Koda's handler hung the dog's leash on the door of the carrier inside his truck and said a tearful goodbye to his partner for the last time. The dog's ashes will remain with the family he protected and loved, and a Midvale officer will soon be traveling to California to purchase a new pooch with money freed up by selling off seized assets from previous police searches in the area.
Nearly a thousand people attended the afternoon memorial service for the 3 1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois that had been in service with Midvale for the past year and a half. Midvale police officer Gerry Wayne, who helped to train Koda, read from a letter he wrote to help him with the grieving process, and said that although Koda tried his patience at times, the dog helped him feel confident as a K-9 officer. Wayne's first dog had bitten him twice, making for an inopportune experience handling police dogs.

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA - Painting by Tracey Klett