Memorials to Fallen K-9s 

The F.A.S.T. Co. donates sets of memorial cards to all partners 
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Dept. addresses available for those who want to send condolences to officers. See below
In Loving Memory of
November 12, 2011
Handler: Inspector Miles Mitchell
South Africa
Police dog, Josh, killed in action

Metro police Inspector Miles Mitchell knew that when he had his dog, Josh, on his team. It was like having 10 other
 policeman  at his side. Fearless Josh was a dedicated crime fighter, whose very presence overwhelmed suspects.
 “He was like a heat-seeking missile,” Mitchell said. Sometimes all the 45kg German Shepherd needed to do was to bark
 to get suspects to surrender. At other times, Josh tackled those foolish enough to make a break for it, bringing them
 down for arrest. This year alone, Josh and his handler were responsible for recovering more than R100 000 worth of
stolen property, including copper cable, plasma TVs and DVD players.

They were involved on Saturday in helping round up a gang of seven who robbed 30 guests at a house party in Kloof.
On Sunday night, Mitchell and Josh nabbed two men suspected of breaking into a bottle store in Clermont, near Pinetown.
 Mitchell was coming off the night shift and was taking Josh, his partner of more than four years, back to the kennels
 and reward him with some milk when tragedy struck. They were at Spaghetti Junction when Mitchell spotted a man
carrying suspected stolen goods. “When the man saw us he dropped everything and ran,” Mitchell said. As he fled
 up an embankment, Josh did not hesitate and set off in pursuit, tackling his man and bringing him down.

They tussled and rolled down the embankment, on to the road. Seconds later, a truck came around the corner and
 struck Josh. The suspect managed to escape. “I heard a yelp and Josh was just lying on the ground. I tried to feel
for a pulse,  but did not know where to look. “But it was all over really. His jaw was broken. I could not believe it.
It was quick and he did not suffer.” The truck driver stopped to help, but it was all too late Mitchell said.
 “It was an accident. There is a bit of a blind  spot on the road.” Drivers were swerving to avoid hitting the dead dog.
A devastated Mitchell said his telephone had been  ringing non-stop with friends and colleagues calling
to offer their condolences. Mitchell has been offered another dog,
 and is looking forward to training another partner.
“It will be good to do that to keep Josh’s memory alive,” he said.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
October 29, 2011

 Handler: Ken Reid
Director of Public Safety
Lawrence & Memorial Hospitals

L&M workers mourn loss of Jack, beloved security dog
Jack, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital's narcotics security dog, and his handler, Director of Public Safety Ken Reid make their rounds one day last December. Jack died Saturday, struck by a passing car.

Staff at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital on Monday mourned the loss of Jack, the friendly and energetic security dog who had patrolled the hospital for the past year and a half. Jack, a 2-year-old black Labrador retriever, was training Saturday near the home of Ken Reid, the director of public safety at L&M, when he strayed into the road and was killed by a passing car, said Michael O'Farrell, spokesman for L&M. "There are a lot of heavy hearts here today," O'Farrell said Monday. "We have truly lost a member of our team." Jack was killed instantly, O'Farrell said.Trained to detect illegal drugs that were brought into the hospital, Jack made several discoveries and also acted as a deterrent, O'Farrell said.

When he sniffed drugs, he would use body language to signal Reid, who would then confiscate the drugs or call another officer to do so, and contact police. "He was not here for show," O'Farrell said. Jack also served as a morale booster and was a welcome presence wherever he went in the hospital. "Ken couldn't go from point A to point B without somebody stopping and wanting to pet him and asking questions," O'Farrell said. Karen Nicole Porter, nurse manager in the Emergency Department, said Jack "lifted our spirts" whenever Reid would bring him there, providing staff with therapeutic licks and tail wagging as they petted his velvety coat.

"We deal with such stress and we have such busy days," she said. "Staff would just go running to him. Anybody that saw him, a smile would be on their faces." When returning to her office from another part of the hospital, Porter said she would often take a route that led her by Reid's office so she could visit Jack. But Jack also made emergency department staff feel safer, not only by deterring people from bringing narcotics in but also by helping to calm patients and family members who were potentially unruly or violent, she said. "He wouldn't have to do a thing," Porter said. "Just him sitting in the emergency room with Ken was a huge deterrent."

Jack spent about 40 hours a week patrolling the hospital with Reid, wearing a royal blue vest with a "K-9 Unit" patch that matched Reid's uniform. He went home with Reid at the end of each work day. The two were together 24/7, O'Farrell said. Reid declined to comment Monday. Jack began working at L&M in the summer of 2010, part of several new safety and security initiatives that included the installation of a network of security cameras and additional security staff. No decisions had been made as of Monday about whether L&M would get another security dog, O'Farrell said.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
October 4, 2011

Handler: Matthew Pretty
Little Egg Harbor Twp. Police Dept.

Patrolman Matthew Pretty knew there was something significant about Tuesday’s date, Oct. 4. 
His K-9 partner, Jax, had a large tumor in his chest cavity surrounding his heart. His lungs were filling with blood.
Nothing could make Jax better. So on Tuesday, Jax was euthanized at the Red Bank Animal Hospital after serving as the township’s police K-9 for six years. The loss gave Pretty a chance to reflect on Jax’s career.
“I was sitting there thinking, why is this date so important?” said Pretty, 35. “And then I realized — it had been a year since the shootings.”  A year prior, Oct. 4, 2010, 45-year-old Craig Mueller opened fire in the quiet Tall Timbers housing development, killing his 52-year-old brother Bryan Mueller and 21-year-old neighbor Kara Ellis, who was trying to help her injured neighbor.
Jax was the first member of law enforcement to enter the home that day in search of the shooter, called on by the county’s Regional SWAT Team. 
Pretty attached Jax to a long-line leash and sent him into the home.  Jax cleared the first floor.  The second floor was next.
“I basically said my goodbyes to Jax as I got ready to send him upstairs, because we knew that’s where this guy was shooting from,” Pretty said. Members of the SWAT Team, wearing gas masks, stood on the first floor of the home that had been gassed, waiting as Jax made his way upstairs in search of the shooter.  “I knew the SWAT team would have been in more danger without Jax’s assistance,” Pretty said. “And I’m standing there, holding my breath and listening for him and then I heard him bark and scratch at a door.”
Law enforcement made their way upstairs to find Craig Mueller in the bedroom, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Pretty never imagined that one year later to the day he would be saying goodbye again to Jax, but this time for good.
He described the 95-pound German Shepherd as a light switch.

“You could turn him on and off. When he was home he knew he was a regular dog. He was great with my 4-year-old
and 9-month-old-daughter,” he said.  But Jax also excelled as a tracking and narcotics police dog. Jax was responsible for 100 narcotics arrests and a Drug Enforcement Agency and township police bust that seized $375,000 in cash in two black duffel bags.
Pretty put his uniform on Tuesday before taking Jax to the animal hospital — one final ride. A group of police officers and K-9 dogs from around the state were lined up to salute Jax.
“They were there to give him his last honors as he went into the hospital. It was amazing,” Pretty said.
Despite the loss, Pretty said he wants to continue serving as the township’s K-9 officer and would like to start training with another K-9.
Police Chief Richard Buzby said he definitely wants another K-9 in the department, but over the last year the police budget has been tight.  “We’re considering it as we speak about getting another K-9 dog,” Buzby said. “We have to look at the situation and the expenses of everything involved. It’s a long process of locating a dog, training it and then getting it up and running,” Buzby said.
Ken Schilling, president of the township’s Policemen’s Benevolent Association said the union has given Pretty the money to purchase a new K-9. Schilling said the PBA also plans to hold fundraisers in the future to support the township’s K-9 police unit.
“We want to get a dog back out on the street as soon possible. It’s important in this township. We have to get a dog working out there again,” Schilling said.

Contact Donna Weaver:

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 8:18 pm

Little Egg Harbor Township police uncertain whether they can replace K-9, Jax
By DONNA WEAVER Staff Writer


In Loving Memory of
July 29, 2011

Handler: Sgt. Jennifer S. Elkins
Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office
409 Virginia Street East, Room 280
Charleston, West Virginia 25301

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department deputies lost a police dog last week when one of the department's K-9 officers died.
Jake, a German Shepherd mix, died July 29 after a long illness, according to Lt. Sean Crosier of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department. Jake served as a drug dog from 2003 until retiring in December 2010.
Jake assisted local, state and federal agencies, Crosier said. Once, he found a well-masked shipment of marijuana weighing 54 pounds.
K9 Jake was handled by Sgt. J.S. Elkins.
Jake is the third sheriff's department dog to die this year. Nitro, a narcotics and tracking dog, died in February. Riley, also a narcotics and tracking dog, died in May.  Nitro, Riley and their handlers were inducted into the American Police Hall of Fame last month. The organization memorializes fallen officers and fallen canine officers.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department has lost five police dogs since 2005.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
July 1, 2011

Handler: Officer Christopher Galluppo
Jacksonville Police Department
1 W Adams St # 100
 Jacksonville, FL 32202-3616

(904) 354-7373


Officer Christopher Galluppo lost his partner July 1 when a snake bite killed one of Jacksonville’s four K9s.  Jeff, a 3-year-old German shepherd, was at the home he shared with Galluppo and his family when he was bitten. Later, Jeff had a fatal allergic reaction to the venom, said April Kiser, public information officer for the department.  “He will be greatly missed by the entire department as Jeff was a hard worker but extremely social to his law enforcement family,” the department said in a news release Monday.  “It’s rare for a dog to differentiate between home and work, but he could,” Galluppo said, noting that the K9 was very valuable to the department because he was certified as a dual purpose patrol and narcotic dog able to track both suspects and drugs. With the department since July 2008, he also was the demo dog, helping Galluppo give demonstrations to the Boy Scouts and other groups.  Jeff was uniquely suited for the job because he was so good-natured, his partner of a year and nine months said. “He got along with everybody.”  The department credits Jeff with helping in numerous drug arrests and seizures of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine. Jeff lived among Galluppo’s four children but wasn’t treated like a typical pet. He had a special diet and sleeping quarters. The family became attached nonetheless. “Especially my daughter,” Galluppo said. “She’s little, but she loved him a lot.”
The handler and dog are treated as partners, forging a relationship over time, Kiser said. The department wants to replace Jeff, but budget cuts make it difficult. A fully trained dog costs between $8,000 and $10,000, Kiser said.  “And then you’re looking at several months of training just with that officer and the K9,” she said. So outside assistance may be needed.  “Jeff’s going to be tough to replace,” Galluppo said. “They’re like our partners because we’re with them day in and day out.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
January 25, 2005 - February 13, 2011

Handler: Josh Strand
Rockford Park District

Rockford, IL
(815) 966-2900

Rockford Park District K-9 officer leaves 'impressive legacy'

A memorial set up Thursday, May 26, 2011, for Rockford Park District Police K-9 service dog Joker during a service at the Riverfront Museum Park in Rockford.  The Rockford Park District paid homage Thursday to a German shepherd police dog who died of cancer.  Joker, the 6-year-old canine cop who served with the district since 2006, died Feb. 13 after a long battle with cancer. He was the department’s first and only police dog so far.  Joker is credited with helping seize narcotics worth a street value of more than $1 million. 
The German shepherd and officer Josh Strand, his handler, are also recognized for helping seize more than $500,000 and 60 vehicles. They assisted agencies like the FBI, DEA and Stateline area narcotics team. 
“Joker holds an impressive legacy with our department and due to his outstanding contributions to the field of law enforcement the Park District plans to
continue our K-9 program,” said interim Police Chief John Piccolin.
The department hopes to have a new K-9 officer trained and working by early 2012, Piccolin said. Strand will again be its handler.
Joker was also a part of demonstrations for children at schools and other events. The K-9 cop was also the family pet for Strand’s two young children, who said a tearful goodbye to their beloved dog. 
“We specifically requested a dog that was more friendly toward people, especially kids,” Strand said. “He was very receptive to kids.”  The memorial service for Joker included scripture readings by Chaplain Randy Young, comments from Park District Executive Director Tim Dimke, a poem read by Strand’s wife, Michelle, and the retiring of Joker’s badge number 1151.
The department extended its thanks to those who supported Joker during
chemotherapy treatments. The Sept. 25 “Jokerfest” event raised about $10,000 to cover the costs of Joker’s medical expenses.
Joker was born Jan. 25, 2005, in Germany, where he received basic training before he was brought to the United States and entered into the police K-9 program at TOPS K-9 Complex in Grayslake.
He was diagnosed with Type B lymphoma cancer in March 2010 and began 20 weeks of
cancer treatments, Piccolin said. Joker returned to duty on June 17 when the cancer went into remission, but the return of the disease forced the dog to end his duties on the street for good.
M O R E:
A 6-year-old German shepherd police dog who died of
cancer in February was remembered in Rockford.  The Rockford Park District honored Joker on Thursday. The Rockford Register Star reports Joker was the district's first and only police dog. The dog died Feb. 13 of cancer.
Joker helped seize narcotics worth more than $1 million, $500,000 and 60 vehicles. Joker and his handler Josh Strand helped agencies including the FBI and DEA. The dog also did demonstrations for
children. Strand says Joker was "very receptive to kids."
Officials say they more to have another canine officer trained and working by next year.  Joker's badge No. 1151 was retired during Thursday's ceremony. 
Submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
May 13, 2011

Handler: Deputy Brad Manville
Wake County Sheriff's Office
330 South Salisbury Street
NC 27602

Canine deputy loses battle with cancer

Jagger, the canine partner of Deputy Brad Manville, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2011, at Kildaire Animal Hospital in Cary. Jagger was diagnosed with cancer in December 2010, but fought cancer the same way he fought crime, with vigor and a dogged determination to win the fight. Jagger did so well during his chemotherapy that his doctors gave him the ok to return to work, where he was happiest. He continued to work right up to the very end. During the four years that he served Wake County, Jagger had a successful career, seizing millions of dollars worth of illegal narcotics and apprehending numerous suspects.

He loved chasing the bad guys. In 2009 when Deputy Manville and Jagger were involved in a shooting, Deputy Manville credits Jagger with saving his life ."Jagger had a unique disposition for a police dog," said Sheriff Donnie Harrison. "He could be playful and gentle around children one minute, but ready to catch the criminals the very next minute. The citizens of Wake County and I have been very fortunate to have such an excellent dog working for us."  According to Deputy Manville, "Jagger was truly an amazing animal, loyal partner, faithful companion, and sweet-spirited dog.

He was loved by all who knew him and will be deeply missed, especially by those who loved him most, his family. " Jagger was a ten year old, Belgian Malinois, who was trained both in patrol and narcotics. He also had an impressive record in canine competitions. Jagger competed in four United States Police Canine Association regional trials where he was ranked #1 K9 in 2003, 2005, and 2006. Sheriff Harrison also expressed his appreciation to Kildaire Animal Hospital for the compassion and kindness they extended to Jagger during his cancer treatment.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
January 07, 2011
Handler: Brad Smith, Fire Marshall
Wichita Fire Department
455 N. Main, 11th Floor
Wichita, KS  67202
(316) 268-4585

   Career Highlights of Jodie 2001-2008
    Investigated 330 Structure Fires, 207 determined to be Arson
   Cases she was involved with led to 60 Felony Arrests
  Total dollar loss of incidents she assisted in, $44,986,900

Wichita Fire Department Fire Investigation Unit 

The WFD-FIU investigates all major fire incidents in the City of Wichita.  In 2007 the WFD-FIU investigated 261 scenes, with 148 being determined to be accidental, 93 were deemed arson, and in 20 incidents an exact cause could not be determined.  These investigations led to 29 felony arrests for arson, resulting in a clearance rate of 31%. 

As of December of 2008, the WFD-FIU has investigated 240 scenes, with 133 accidental, 25 undetermined and 82 scenes that were determined to be arson.  So far there have been 41 arson arrests made this year by the WFD-FIU, resulting in a case clearance rate of 50%.  The nation average for arson clearance is near 23%. 

Anyone having information on arson fires is encouraged to call the WFD-FIU at 268-4585, Crime Stoppers at 267-2111 or the Arrest Arson in Kansas Hotline at 1-800-KS-CRIME.
submitted by Tracy Klett &  Brad Henson, Fire Marshal - Olathe Fire Department & Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA