Memorials to Fallen K-9s 

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In Loving Memory of
December 16, 2010

Handler: Officer Jeff Baird
Quincy Police Department
110 South 8th Street
Quincy, IL 62301-4002
(217) 228-4480
Canine Max passes from cancer 

Quincy Police canine unit dog Max died of cancer Thursday night after serving the department for more than eight years. The Belgian Malenois served under two handlers and was a valuable member of QPD's Street Crimes Unit. Max had problems breathing during routine training a week ago with handler and canine officer Jeff Baird, and he was diagnosed two days later with advanced forms of cancer. "Max was a warrior. He was just fearless," Baird said Friday. "He was a dog's dog. He was like a package of TNT, a big punch in a small size.  

He went all out with everything all the time, 120 percent." Baird and canine Jake were a well-known QPD team for nine years until Jake retired in 2004. Baird was a detective but went back to the canine unit and working street crimes when Max needed a new handler two years ago. "The way I describe the differences between Jake and Max is that with Jake, he wanted to be your friend but would bite you if I told him to," Baird said. "But with Max, he wanted to bite you unless I told him to be your friend."  

Together with Baird and fellow Street Crimes officers Kevin Taute and Mike Tyler, Max participated in 201 traffic stop drug sniffs, resulting in 58 arrests. Baird remembers one night when two burglary suspects were in a building and tried to leave from the side where he and Max were standing. "Max already had a reputation on the street when I got him," Baird said. "When the two burglars came out, the fear was obvious and they immediately complied with me to stop and get on the ground . 

It was definitely because of the dog, because the two young men could have outrun me, for sure." Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley said Max will be missed. The department plans to get another dog with a new handler, as Baird says it's time for a younger officer to get an opportunity. Canine officer Adam Gibson and Uno make up QPD's other canine unit. "It was an honor to serve in that capacity again. I never expected to do canine again after Jake retired," Baird said. "It was a great experience, and we had some fun out there." 
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
June 28, 2010
Handler: LARRY CABELL     
Ewing Police Department 
2 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing NJ 08628



Miles, a German Shepherd dog, was eighteen (18) months old when he met Ptl. Larry Cabell in March of 2005.  Ptl. Cabell was to be his handler. They attended the Patrol Dog School at the Trenton Police K-9 Academy and the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) Scent Class for Explosives.  In 2007, Miles and Ptl. Cabell participated in the United States Police Canine Association Trials in Scent and was certified.  Miles and Ptl. Cabell have assisted in sweeps for the NCAA Tournament at the Sovereign Bank Arena, Freedom Fest at Great Adventure.  They were members of the New Jersey Detect and Render Safe Task Force.They trained in a many different areas and environments such as boats, trains, aircraft, and even at the Statue of Liberty in New York City.  K-9 Miles faithfully served our community from 2005 to 2010.   

On June 28, 2010, Miles lost a battle with cancer.  He is the first canine that Ewing has lost.  He was a great asset to the Unit.  K-9 Miles is credited with several successful tracks resulting in the apprehension of criminals and finding several missing people.  K-9 Miles successfully cleared numerous buildings while searching for explosives and trespassers.  K-9 Miles is also credited with many "surrenders" (searches in which a the dog finds someone and the actor surrenders before force was used).  Miles will be greatly missed.  submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
November 2, 2010

Handler: Deputy Don Boone  
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
2223 Kaen Road 
Oregon City OR 97045

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CCSO: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office mourns passing of K-9 Mik.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is saddened to report the passing of one of its K-9 deputies -- a marvelous K-9 who fought crime on both the street and the printed page. Mik (pronounced "Mick") -- a Belgian Malanois born in April 2003, and the partner of Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputy Don Boone -- passed away Tuesday, Nov. 2 from complications caused by a case of bloat.
Bloat is a serious medical condition in which the stomach twists on itself, shutting off blood flow and causing severe swelling.  Mik had developed symptoms on Monday, Nov. 1, and was rushed to an animal hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. Unfortunately, he was unable to recover from his injuries. "Anyone who has ever had a pet can empathize with the loss of such a close friend," wrote Deputy Paul Coleman in a message sent to Sheriff's Office personnel yesterday. "I know Mik will be missed by many more than just his handler.  
Don and Mik had worked very hard together to become the highly tuned and productive team that they were.  Together, they were responsible for finding many bad guys who would have otherwise gotten away -- and in the process, they made things safer for not only the community, but for us deputies, as well."  "I suspect Mik is in doggy heaven now -- catching bad guys to his heart's content." Mik was raised as a sporting dog in Holland, and was chosen and purchased by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office in November 2006.  
He went through a 240-hour K9 training course in the winter of 2007. Mik's job was to ride in Deputy Boone's patrol car. When a suspect tried to escape or hide from the police, Mik was summoned and used to sniff out the bad guy. On his days off, Mik liked to lie in the backyard, play with his favorite toy and savored all the affection provided from Deputy Boone's kids. Mik was very playful and loved attention. Late in life, Mik was also enjoying an unusual second career as a comic-book character -- in a series of crime-prevention comics and activity books published in print and online by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
Meet the late K9 Mik

is a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, born in April 2003. He was raised as a sporting dog in Holland.
From the time he was a puppy, Mik learned about obedience and trained for competition in the KNPV Trials -- the famous Dutch police-dog trials. During those trials, Mik competed against other dogs in obedience, pursuit of suspects, gunfire exercises, and bitework. During the trials, he also swam across streams to engage suspects and found suspects hiding in the woods. After a couple of years of training, Mik was purchased by Adlerhorst International, and imported to Riverside, CA in the United States to begin his training as a police dog. Mik was chosen by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office in November of 2006 and purchased for $9,500 dollars. Once at his new home in Oregon City with Deputy Don Boone, Mik attended a 240-hour basic K9 training course in which he learned how to be a police dog.Mik's job at work is to ride in Deputy Boone's patrol car. When a suspect tries to escape or hide from the police, Mik is summoned and used to sniff out the bad guy. On his days off, Mik likes to lie in the backyard, play with his favorite toy and get pets from Deputy Boone's kids. Mik is very playful and loves attention. Although he enjoys his time off, his favorite place is in the back of the patrol car -- rolling around Clackamas County, watching for and barking at bad guys.

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
October 27, 2010

Handler: Officer Steve Black
Tyler Police Department
711 W Ferguson St, Tyler, TX
(903) 531-1015

TYLER, TX - The Tyler Police Department will hold a Memorial Service in front of the police department today Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. in Honor of Magic. Magic, who died due to kidney failure last week, was one of the department's two black Labrador K-9 dogs. Magic was with the police department from 2001 to 2010 and did an outstanding job in detecting drugs for the Narcotics Unit. The handler and partner for Magic was Officer Steve Black who was the second handler in Magic's prestigious career with the department.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
August, 2010
Handler: Dave Plummer
Olathe Fire Department
400 East Harold Street
Olathe, KS 66061


Mickey, fire department’s first explosives dog, dies -

Dave Plummer and Mickey worked together from 1999 to 2003.

Mickey was one of those unsung fire heroes who put his life on the line every day in the name of public safety. For almost four years he was a loyal, hard-working member of the Olathe Fire Department, retiring in 2003. But Mickey didn’t get a pension or a gold watch when he retired. He was a public servant who walked on four legs instead of two. Mickey was a black Labrador retriever who was trained to sniff out explosives. He retired at the same time as his handler, Dave Plummer, 58, of De Soto. 
Earlier this month, Mickey passed away and his death was especially hard on Plummer and his wife. That’s because Mickey, who was born and trained in the Netherlands and Oklahoma, was much more than a pet. He was Plummer’s partner. “I’ve had pets since I was about seven or eight years old and you get attached to them,” Plummer said. “But this is more. There’s a bond with a handler that’s hard to explain. All I had to do was look at him and I knew exactly what he wanted. He was my partner.” Plummer trained with Mickey for two weeks when the dog first arrived in Olathe. 
“He knew what he was doing. I just didn’t know what I was doing,” Plummer said. During the time they worked for the fire department, they were together daily. Mickey was also the first dog to work for the department and paved the way for the two dogs the department currently has on staff.
Making Mickey part of the fire department wasn’t an easy sell in 1999. “The chief was a little bit hesitant but the ATF came in and helped with a good presentation and that put it over the top,” Plummer said, referring to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 
“We used him all the time on suspicious packages or schools would call us when they would get a threat,” Plummer said. “We would run lockers. He was really fast on that.” His nose was also needed on Sept. 11, 2001, to check cars for possible explosives at the FAA center in Olathe.
“He searched 80 cars that day,” Plummer said. “We worked for about three days.” In another incident, he found the residue of an explosive at a hotel. He also found gunpowder once in a briefcase and alerted Olathe police. When Mickey retired, Plummer got a plaque with the dog’s badge on it. It now sits on Plummer’s mantel.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
February 2010

Handler: Joseph Rosenau
Cook County Sheriff' Office
50 W. Washington
Chicago, Illinois  60602
(312) 603-6444

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In Loving Memory of
July 21, 2010
date of service 12-2006- 07-2010
She was a patrol narcotics dog.

Handler: Sgt. Joe Kelley
Weare Police Department
144 North Stark Highway
Weare, NH 03281-4631
(603) 529-7755
Weare police dog succumbs to cancer
The Weare Police Department issued a statement Thursday night saying its police dog, Mica, died of cancer Wednesday. Despite her illness, the 4-year-old Belgian Malinois completed a K-9 demonstration only three days before her death at the town's Patriotic Celebration. The department raised about $30,000 to pay for Mica's cancer treatments after media publicity last fall. Since November, the police department's K-9 has undergone many chemotherapy treatments to slow down her lymphoma.
Despite a grim prognosis and a plan to retire her from police service by the end of the year, the Belgian Malinois named Mica continued to win awards and assist in making arrests. "I'm really surprised she's did as well as she did," said Mica's handler, Sgt. Joe Kelley said. Mica won five awards at the U.S. Police K-9 Association's Police Dog Competition in Portsmouth. She won first place in a team competition with police dogs from Methuen and Wilmington, Mass.; second place in a suspect-search competition; and third place in article searches,
agility and obedience.
The tasks were not exactly easy. Among other things, Mica had to conduct evidence searches in which several different scents were used; jump over obstacles; and obey verbal and visual commands from Kelley at 50 yards away, her handler said. "It's a tough test. Not all dogs make it through there," he said. Since being diagnosed with cancer, the 4-year-old dog has made local headlines for tracking down three juveniles who escaped in May from a detention center. In March, Mica found a man hiding on the roof of a Clough Park Road home after a
police drug raid.
Mica got extensive media attention in 2008 when she saved the life of a 4-year-old Weare boy lost in the woods behind his home. She was in the spotlight again in November when the community learned of her diagnosis and raised about $30,000 to pay for her treatments, which could not be covered in the police budget. Despite the outpouring of support from across the country, Kelley said Mica's days on the police force were numbered. "I'll be honest with you," Kelley said. "My heart's broken about this. Kids were giving up their lunch money" to contribute to the fund. "I had people calling up from across the country."
Looking at Mica on duty, it was hard to tell she was sick. She wagged her tail and seemed to enjoy having her photograph taken. But patting her just below her head revealed her lymph nodes were very swollen. Kelley said he's already looking at other dogs to replace her. It's a personal loss for Kelley, who took Mica home with him every night and says she had become a pet for him and his children. But Mica obviously still has some fight in her. After all, it wasn't easy to win all those competitions. "She went out on top," Kelley said. 
Mica also received several awards listed below:

Numerous letters of recognition from our department along with letters from out side agencies.
Our department life saving award for locating a lost 4 year old boy in 2008.
A commendation for the NH Governor John Lynch for her work.
A commendation from the NH State Senate for her work.
A commendation from the NH House of Representatives for her work.
these awards together have never been given to a police dog from our state.
Several awards during USPCA competitions over the years including several first place awards.
Thanks in advance

Sergeant Joseph Kelley

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
update:  10/07/10
From: Joseph Kelley

Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2010 12:44 PM
Subject: The passing of Weare NH police K-9 Mica

Sir or Ma’am,
Recently my department lost our K9, Mica, to Lymphatic Cancer.  Mica was a 6 year old, female, Belgian Malinois.  It was hard for everyone in our department but also for the community of Weare, NH.  Many came to support the loss of Mica at a public gathering, with an attendance of 200+ people and most were from the town of Weare and beyond.  The turnout was so high because of the success she had throughout her career.  Things she did included many demos for the town and assisting neighboring towns on police calls.  But, her most famous search came back in 2008 when Mica found a four-year old boy lost in the woods.  This success caught the town’s attention and they felt safe having her.  What made her different than most police dogs was that she was extremely social, even around kids.  Since being diagnosed with cancer, people in Weare, in other towns, and even across the country, donated to Mica’s relief fund that totaled up to $30,000.  With all this, you can see why everyone is having a hard time with it because she was loved by everyone. It would be an honor for Mica to be placed in this memorial, especially after everything she has been through.  The question I have is if you can direct me on how to post a Memorial of Mica on your site.  If you can get back to me as soon as possible,
 I would greatly appreciate it.

Regards,  Anthony Gramieri, Weare Police Dept.

In Loving Memory of
November 2, 1999 - May 4, 2010

Handler: Kyle Hadenfeldt
Iowa Search & Rescue

Kyle Hadenfeldt was her handler. She was his second SAR dog.  They retired from Iowa Search and Rescue. She was a very gentle sweet girl.  This is the part of owning them that we hate so very much.  We should not have to say good bye.

submitted by Shirley Hadenfeldt <>

In Loving Memory of

March 3, 2010
Handler: Lt. Jason Whitney 
University of Wisconsin  Police Department
1429 Monroe St.
Madison, WI. 53711
UW Police mourn passing of department’s senior K9 officer    

K9 Mosely, the UW Police Department’s first K9 officer, passed away suddenly on March 3 at the age of 9. He joined the department in May 2002 and was the partner and faithful companion of Lt. Jason Whitney. He resided with Whitney and his family and died peacefully at home of an aggressive cancer that was diagnosed just the day before.
The German shepherd specialized in explosives detection and suspect tracking. He was also selected for advanced training and certification by the ATF and FBI K9 programs.
Mosely and Whitney responded to bomb threats and suspicious package sightings and tracked suspects. They were also called upon to provide dignitary protection during visits by the Dalai Lama, President Obama, former President Clinton and others.
Whitney was looking for a dog with a social nature because of the environments in which he would be working. Mosely lived up to his partner’s expectations and the pair received several commendations.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

Handler: James Peters
Scottsdale Police Department

3700 N. 75th St.
Scottsdale, AZ  85251

Sergeant Chris Coffee, K-9 Unit Supervisor
Phone:  (480) 312-5939

Open letter to James Peters of the Scottsdale Police Department:
 ("Officer party to 6 shootings," Thursday):

James, when a gunman, heavily armed, fleeing from police broke into our home where our 17-year-old daughter was home alone, taking a shower, I was pleased to have officers like you be part of the incredible Tempe SWAT unit that rescued her and the 6-year-old hostage the gunman was also holding. (See Republic, Nov. 22, 1986, "Police kill gunman in siege.")
In the rescue event, two officers were wounded and Murph the police dog was killed. Some people were upset that the police dog was sent into the fray and was killed by the gunman, so they raised money to place a memorial in Cyprus Park at Dorsey and Malibu in Tempe in memory of Murph.
I am OK with that, especially since our dog ran away and left my daughter to fend for herself!  I don't recall any call for a monument to the officers for their courage and commitment in performing the rescue. But, when one of us needs help dealing with violent individuals, I recommend calling the police, knowing that there are highly skilled, thoroughly trained and courageous "James Peters" on the rescue team! We can feel safer knowing you and your colleagues are there for us in times of great need.

You and your family are in our prayers. - Jonathan Knaupp, Chandler
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

The Scottsdale Police Departments K-9 Unit was formed in 1987 and currently has six Police Service Dog teams.  Each K-9 team consists of a sworn veteran officer and a certified dual-purpose police service dog. The K-9 teams were created to assist police personnel to search for hidden suspects, locate articles or evidence of a crime, protect officers and the public from serious injury or death, assist in the arrest and apprehension of felons, and detect the presence of narcotics and/or explosives.