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
August 8, 2011

Handler: Deputy Randy Thumann
Fayette County Sheriff's Dept.

In Loving Memory of
December 30, 2011

Handler: Sgt. Robbie Strahan 
2500 Us Hwy 385
Odessa, TX 79766
Odessa K9 killed in action

A striking 4 yr-old sable German shepherd named Kazoe was killed in the line of duty late Friday night. Kazoe was involved in the pursuit of a suspect who was attempting to evade an arrest. While in pursuit of the suspect, Kazoe was struck and killed by an unidentified vehicle. The suspect initially evaded officers, but was later found and arrested by deputies after there was a report of a suspicious vehicle on Saturday afternoon. Responding deputies found two suspicious men in a field - the pair appeared to be looking for something. The deputies were able to apprehend the men, one of whom was identified as Angel Herrera Morales, 18 - the man who was trying to evade the police on Friday night. Morales was arrested, but bonded out of the Ector County Detention Center by Sunday night. The 18 yr-old man is charged with second-degree felony interference of a police service animal (with death) and evading with a vehicle. The felony charges could put Morales behind bars for 20 years. Kazoe was a member of the Ector County Sheriff's Office. The 4 yr-old shepherd worked with his handler, Sgt. Robbie Strahan, since 2009. Kazoe's handler is mourning the loss of his partner, as is the entire department. Rest in Peace Kazoe.


Killed K-9 gets memorial
The memorial service for Kazoe, a 4-year-old German Shepherd killed during a chase in December 2011, had law enforcement somber Wednesday afternoon. Kazoe, whose handler was Sgt. Robbie Strahan of the Ector County Sheriff’s Office, was hit by an unknown vehicle Dec. 30 while in pursuit of 18-year-old Angel Herrera Morales. Morales was charged with interference with a police service animal causing death. “Kazoe will be missed, but certainly not forgotten,” Sheriff Mark Donaldson said. Donaldson said that in Kazoe’s two years of service, he contributed to 30 narcotics arrests, not just for the ECSO, but for the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and the FBI. Kazoe was commemorated by a 21-gun salute by members of the Midland Police Department honor guard and the ECSO. “This was nice for Kazoe and makes it easier for our family to move on,” Strahan said. “He was always ready to work. He got a lot of respect from everybody and was never looked down upon, but was looked to.” Donaldson said that while no dog could replace Kazoe, the ECSO expects a new K-9 unit within the following weeks.

Man Arrested for Killing Police K-9 Will Not be Charged

A man arrested in connection with killing a police K-9 will not be charged for the animal's death. A grand jury couldn't find enough evidence to charge 18-year-old Angel Hererra Morales with the dog's death. He was however charged for trying to get away from the police in a vehicle. A few months ago, Morales was on the run from Sheriff's. The K-9, Kazoe, took off after the man. But the chase took them both across Loop 338 and Kazoe was hit and killed by a vehicle.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
July 6, 2006 - December 2011

Handler: Deputy Corey Solerino
Washoe County Sheriff's Office

911 Parr Blvd Reno, NV 89512
Office 775-328-6370

CONTACT: Deputy Armando Avina - Public Information Officer

ashoe County Sheriff's Office Mourns Death of K-9 Partner Kraft

Reno, Nevada. Washoe County Sheriff's Office K9 Kraft died of health complications Saturday.
Deputy Corey Solferino, his handler of two years, was by his side. 
Undersheriff Todd Vinger said the passing of Kraft will be a great loss for the agency, but even a greater loss
for Kraft's handler and partner.
"Kraft was a rising star with our agency," Vinger said of the Czech Shepherd. "Like all of our service dogs,
he was a humble hero; completely dedicated to his work and was an exemplary performer."
K-9 Kraft was acquired by the Sheriff's office through a private donation by Cal Sierra Express Trucking.
Kraft was trained as a dual purpose K-9, working both Patrol and narcotics. He was certified in evidence and article
 search. Evidence search certification allows the K-9 to assist in solving or assisting in cases where a suspect has
 discarded or hidden a weapon or other articles. 
Born January 6, 2006 in the Czech Republic, Kraft was trained to respond to Czechoslovakian commands.
 In addition to tracking down a considerable amount of drugs during his years with the Sheriff's Office, K-9 Kraft assisted with several missing persons investigations.
Deputy Corey Solferino said Kraft could not wait to go to work.
"Every time we did a traffic stop his behavior changed, showing me that he was ready to face the risks of
an unknown situation. He was always watching and waiting for my commands the entire time."
Although committed to his work, Kraft was also a beloved family member.
"The second we got to the house and I took off his work collar, he knew he was home," Solferino said.
"He was a totally different dog at home" agreed Solferino's wife Karla, also a Deputy with the
Washoe County Sheriff's Office. "We never saw an aggressive side to him. Our children adored Kraft.
 They felt completely safe with him; he was their protector too. They felt invincible when he was around."
Kraft's love of children was also reflected in the way he warmly greeted and "talked" to children at demonstrations
 and other special community events.
When asked what he would like to say to all the citizens who have expressed condolences, Deputy Solferino replied
 that he wanted to thank the community for their concern and especially their passion for the
Sheriff's Office K-9 program.
"I know law enforcement K-9's can be costly, but they are worth their weight in gold," he said.
 "Through the support of our very generous community, we are able to sustain our program and we can't thank you enough."


A new K-9 will join the Washoe County Sheriff's Office just months after another police dog died unexpectedly in December.An anonymous donor is footing the bill to bring on Akim, a 17-month-old sable Czechoslovakian shepherd that
 was born in Prague and trained in Indiana.
Deputy Corey Solferino chose Akim out of hundreds of canine candidates, saying the dog was eager and enthusiastic
 during training.  Solferino's previous companion, Kraft, died of health complications last year at age 5.Akim and Solferino are expected to graduate from the training program on March 9, and will start working on patrol and narcotics
assignments in northern Nevada shortly after that.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA


In Loving Memory of
August 2, 2011

Handler: Officer Steve Miller 

Stow Police Department

3800 Darrow Road
Stow, Ohio 44224-4038
Phone: (330)689-5700 - Fax: (330)689-5799

Stow police dog Knight remembered



Photo By Photo courtesy of Stow Police DepartmentAt right, Knight, a Stow police dog, worked with Officer Steve Miller for 8 1/2 years before retiring in March 2010. Knight, who died Aug. 2, 2011, at age 11 1/2, was recognized Dec. 10 at Stow’s third annual luminary ceremony.

Knight, a Stow police dog for 8 1/2 years, was "very self confident" and only wanted to please his handler, Officer Steve Miller. "As soon as people I dealt with heard his bark, their demeanor would change very quickly," Miller said. "Knight knew when it was time for work, and he knew when he could just be a dog." Knight, who retired from police work in March 2010, was put to rest Aug. 2, 2011. He was 11 1/2 years old. Knight was recognized at Stow's Dec. 10 luminary ceremony at the Stow Safety Center. Another police dog honored was Bagio, whose handler was fallen Twinsburg Officer Joshua Miktarian. Bagio also died in 2011 due to medical reasons. Both Knight and Bagio were German Shepherds.

Officer Miktarian was fatally shot July 13, 2008, during a traffic stop. He was 33 when he died and was an 11-year K-9 handler. Knight continued to live with Miller after retiring. Miller also worked with Stow police dog Colt, a German Shepherd who joined the force in 2010 when Knight stepped down. Stow's other police dog is Nero, a German Shepherd whose handler is Officer Ted Bell. "Knight had been battling blood cell count issues for a few months," Miller said. "We do not know exactly what caused his quality of life to go away, but not eating and just laying by his water bowl was not the way he lived a quality life."

Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker said police K-9s are classified as full-service dogs because they are trained in searching, tracking, drug detection and fugitive apprehension. Miller had plenty of respect for Knight. "He would do anything I asked and do it well," Miller said. "He saved lives, and I believe he saved my life without me even knowing it [with his presence]. Even though he did not know it, Knight did everything he was asked for the protection of the people and never once hesitated to do it. "Knight was always ready to work," Miller added. "He loved to work."
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
October 2011
Handler: Const. Eric Hembruff
Toronto Police Department
Phone: 416-808-1700
Fax: 416-808-1702
Unit Commander: Staff Inspector William Wardle

Police Dog Services mourned the loss of two serving dogs recently.  General patrol dog Luke and narcotics and firearms detector dog Keno both succumbed to illnesses.  The dogs were both assigned to Const. Eric Hembruff.  Police Dog Services mourned the loss of two serving dogs recently. 
“It’s tough for Eric, especially losing both dogs at the same time” training Sgt. Paul Caissie said.“To lose two dogs affected us for our strength as well as the good work we do on a day-to-day basis.”  He said police dogs are true partners in public safety.
“This was not only a great loss to Eric, but also to our Dog Services family and the entire Service.” Luke, an energetic and loyal German Shepherd, was getting close to retirement as a nine-year-old.  Hembruff was assigned Luke in 2007.  “As a result of Eric's hard work and determination, he was identified as a candidate for a specially trained narcotics detection dog,” Caissie said, of taking on Keno as a partner the next year and two months of additional training. The confident Springer Spaniel and Hembruff swiftly became an efficient operational and production team with many seizures of contraband under their belts.  “Keno was a very young dog in the program; they can go 10 years in the field,” Caissie said, of the detector dogs. Keno was six years old. “It’s uncommon to lose dogs during their tenure on the job. It’s always a tough day.”  Caissie said Police Dog Services is responsible for many great seizures of drugs and narcotics as well as the capture of suspects and clearing of public spaces to ensure safety.  “Every day I’m reminded of the great work these dogs do.”
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA


October 24, 2011, By Rebecca Edwards, ARTICLE, ACTIVITIES
The first – and only – live avalanche rescue by a dog in Canada was performed by Labrador Retriever/Collie-cross ‘Keno’
handler Robin Siggers in Fernie, British Columbia.
Buried Alive

It was a fresh powder day at Fernie Alpine Resort on December 19, 2000, and a high avalanche risk had closed half the mountain. Lift operator Ryan Radchenko, 21, misunderstood safety instructions and skied an unstable slope on his lunch break. Two ski patrollers spotted him and had just confronted him when the fresh snow fractured below them, carrying one patroller and completely burying Radchenko.  There was no visible sign of him in 50 square feet of avalanche debris, he had no avalanche beacon and only 30 minutes to be rescued from beneath the snow before his chances of survival became bleak.

To The Rescue

Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association (CARDA)
Handler Robin Siggers was overseeing avalanche work when he heard the alert over the radio.  He rushed to the site, riding the chair lift over the avalanche debris, where he could already see patrollers pushing probes into the snow searching for Radchenko.
Keno was brought by snowmobile from the base and arrived 20 minutes after the avalanche, leaving just 10 minutes to find Radchenko alive.  “I gave Keno the search command and he started snuffling across the snow,” said Siggers, who is now Mountain Operations Manager at Fernie Alpine Resort. “When I looked again he was tugging on a glove. He had dug down 20 or 30 centimetres and found Ryan’s hand, which was sticking up toward the surface. Ryan was unconscious, two metres down.”  Radchenko was dug out and rushed to hospital – amazingly, he was uninjured.

A Hero Is Born

Keno became a national hero, and was the first non-police dog to receive the Service Dog of the Year award.  Siggers said
 Keno was unaffected by the attention that followed.  “I think the dogs sense the adrenalin of a live search, but it is just the normal drill for them – they have done it a lot of times before in training,” said Siggers.  “We always joked in CARDA that
anybody who does a live rescue has to take the dog to a restaurant, sit them down and order them a steak.
 “I never did that but I did go to Brown’s Meat Market in Fernie and get him a big T-bone steak.
 “Every year on the anniversary, Ryan’s mother would bring a bottle for the patrollers and a big steak for Keno.”

Keno’s Legacy

Since then, a number of bodies have been recovered from avalanches by rescue dogs, but nobody else has ever been rescued alive.“With cell phones and helicopter access, we are getting to the scene of avalanches faster and faster,” says Siggers. 
“I think there is always the possibility it will happen again – that’s why everyone does all
the training.”  Keno continued working in Fernie until 2004 and passed away in 2007, aged 11. 

Rebecca Edwards is a freelance journalist based in Fernie, British Columbia.

Photo: Dogs in Canada archives

This article is exclusive to


In Loving Memory of
Sept. 11, 2000 - May 30, 2011


Handler: Officer Chris Holt
Groton Town Police Department
68 Groton Long Point Road
Groton, CT 06340

Letter: Sheriff's K9, Karo, will be missed by all

To the editor:

I just laid to rest my first K-9 partner, Karo, who worked tirelessly for us for nearly 10 years.  He was an exceptional K-9 in so many of the ways that K-9 working dogs are trained and evaluated for. He could do a hard-surface track like so few others, meticulous article and building searches, and his "bark and guard" would rattle the guts of the largest decoy or fleeing suspect.

He was able to do such a wide spectrum of things, from cleaning the ice cream or ketchup from the faces of giggling children in strollers at the many public safety days and K-9 demonstrations, and then dragging a 200-pound man out of a dark room or from under a porch. He could endure being crowded by children, and then move a disorderly crowd of 100. So few K-9s really have the ability to do so.
I first taught him the command of "little people" for his interaction with children and infants, but I believe he simply just knew. He and I had one hell of a run, with a great number of newspaper articles on his accomplishments and apprehensions. Karo and I even appeared on television a few times.
A great many of the people of Essex County have benefited from his work, especially in the town of Danvers where I lived and where he did his first of many successful tracks and apprehensions. He would work in the most extreme conditions, from the hottest summers to nearly 12 degrees below zero, when he did one of his best-ever tracks. He never looked to me or one of the officers with me for anything more than some grateful patting and interaction after any of his successful assists. Of all of the things in people's lives that they are grateful to have had, Karo is forever one of mine. He always had my back, and I was always there for his.
For the better part of a decade, I would readily trust him with my life; he was my eyes in the dark, my nose in the wind and the sword at my side.
Forever my partner, forever my friend; I will feel the loss of him for a very long time.

Sgt. Michael Backry Jr.  -  Essex County Sheriff's Department  -  Middleton
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
July 31, 2011

Handler: Deputy Tony Boring
Blount County Police Dept.

940 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804
Phone: (865) 273-5000 - Fax: (865) 273-5134

Blount Co. police dog dies of natural causes
A Blount County police dog passed away from natural causes early Sunday morning. According to a release, officers will hold a service in memory of police dog Kayne as a part of the Annual Emergency Services Day at Everett Recreation Center in Maryville on September 10th. Kayne has been a police dog with the Blount County Sheriff's Office since August 2008. He has been with Deputy Tony Boring the whole time. Veterinarian said Kayne died as a result of a bloat  which is common in large breed dogs.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
An examination by Kayne’s veterinarian following his death confirmed the dog died of gastric tortion, or bloat, which is most common in large breed dogs. A Dutch Shepherd, the dog was born Aug. 24, 2003, and placed into service at the sheriff’s office in August 2008. Kayne was a dual-purpose K-9, according to his handler Deputy Tony Boring, serving as a patrol dog and performing basic searching and tracking duties. He also was a narcotics searcher.  Boring was Kayne’s sole handler and spent every day with him since getting the dog in June 2008 when he went to Miami, Fla., to pick him up. Kayne had been imported from Holland.
A member of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department since January 2006, Boring always had an affinity with the K-9 unit and formed a particularly strong bond with Kayne, his first official K-9 partner. Kayne assisted in many drug busts over the years, according to Boring.  “We’ve worked many drug cases together,” he said. “We’ve seized cash from the airport and several months ago seized over 100 pounds of marijuana from a trucking company; he was the best at what he did.”  Though K-9 officers are trained to cope with the possible loss of their dog partners, it never gets any easier, whether they die in the line of duty or from natural causes.  “We know we are taking the risk every day of losing our dogs; we send them into places that deputies won’t go in, but until it happens, until you lose them, you don’t know how hard it hits,” Boring said, explaining that he had never realized just how strong and deep the bond went between dog and officer. 

He was a tough dog — a one-handler dog. I could never have left that dog, he was a part of me; we built that trust,” Boring said.He added the sheriff’s office and the community had provided an outpouring of support and comfort to him after Kayne’s death.The sheriff’s office will hold a remembrance ceremony in honor of K-9 Kayne at the annual Emergency Services Day at Everett Recreation Center on Everett High Road in Maryville, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 10. The rain date is Sept. 11.
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In Loving Memory of
July, 2011

PC Rasika Prabhath
Ampara Police Crime Division
Sir Lanka


‘Karat’ could not hide its excitement. As soon as its handler put on its ‘special track kit’ the dog was all set and ready to ‘shoot’ on his next mission. As far as duty was concerned, for Karat, there was nothing called ‘too early or too late’. You would always see him in the ‘right mood’ to hunt down anything or anyone any time of the day. Such was his dedication and loyalty to his master. The case before Karat this time, according to Police crime specialists at the Ampara divison, had been highly challenging. In Rathugala, a remote village in Inginiyagala, an infant was burnt to death.


The police needed a sniffer dog to track down the murderer. Karat, a Doberman Pinscher, was duly called to the task. The investigators after painstaking search had found only a half burnt matchstick on the crime scene. That was the only piece of physical evidence unearthed which could have linked the murderer to the crime. The crime investigators thought the prospects of hunting down the killer was highly remote. But PC Rasika Prabhath, Karat’s handler was more than optimistic. He had worked with the Dog long enough to know its special traits.


Rathugala is inhibited by Vedda community and crimes in this small pocket was not a common occurrence. The closely knit community was devastated and shocked by the death of the infant and the sickening manner it was committed. The elderly males in the clan were ready to wage war. The police was desperate to find the killer as well as the motive behind the killing. Is a psychopath on the loose and if so was this his first human prey? There were many questions to be answered. The investigators approached PC Rasika. 


Karat at the time served with the Ampara Police Crime Division along with several other Police sniffer dogs. But this time it was his mission alone. The sniffer dog was ushered to the murder scene, to the house where the child’s charred body was found in a burnt cloth sling where his mother earlier rocked him to sleep. PC Rasika made it trod about for a few minutes in a familiarisation exercise and gave him to sniff the only palpable piece of evidence - the burnt matchstick.


Soon after, Karat dashed out as if in a trance. PC Rasika was certain the dog had got the scent of the killer. The Doberman dashed in a flash on a foot path in a jungle terrain and stood still staring at a house situated about 600 metres off the crime scene. The investigating officers questioned the inhabitants of the house. After a while the offender came forth with the story - a confession. One of the young men in this house had tried to befriend the young sister of the dead child’s father. When she refused his offer, he tried various tactics.


On the day of the incident, he went to the particular house with a group of friends. In an attempt to get the girl out they have set fire to the curtain through an open window, using a ‘matchstick’, not knowing a child was sound asleep in a cloth sling nearby. The sling caught fire and the child’s cries had brought the mother and the sister to the scene. The mother who tried to save the child also suffered injuries. The case was solved. It was meant to be one of the golden pages in Karat’s life.


Soon the canine grew up to solve many mysterious cases in the police history, the ones human officers were unable to break. Karat - a Doberman Pinscher arrived in Sri Lanka on May 30, 2005 from Germany - from the prestigious kennels of the German Police Department as a two year old puppy, along with 30 others. Dobermans a cross-bred were developed in Germany in the late 1800s. They were developed with the cross-breed of Rottweilers, Terriers and German Pinschers.


With a sleek coat, athletic build and highly intelligent and energetic characteristics, they are keenly sought after for police and military work. PC Rasika his handler spent seven whole months at the Police Kennel Headquarters in Kandy training the puppy several hours a day from dawn to noon. “The dog was not trained at the time it was brought here. They had only given him a name - Karat (pronounced Kaarat).” With the meaning being pure gold, Karat is a popular pet name for dogs and cats alike in Germany.


Karat though his life span was comparatively short, proved that he was worth more than a million sovereign us of gold. He helped solve most difficult cases the police Department had to solve - a total of eight murder cases, two ransom cases and 24 burglaries from his first assignment, that was to find robbers who broke into Galagedara temple on June 1, 2006. It was a mission accomplished. Karat bid adieu to his trainer and the police service recently succumbing to an illness that crippled the otherwise energetic canine. He gradually lost his mobility.


“It was an illness affecting its bones, “His death would be hard to replace, PC Rasika who accompanied Karat on its numerous missions said. Karat was instrumental in solving the famous murder and ransom case in Batticaloa involving a seven-year-old child. “When I was approached by the crime investigators, they had the child’s white school uniform, she was wearing at the time of the kidnapping. It was found in a cemetery. The body of the child was found in a well. Our mission was to help find the murderers.”


Karat’s specialty was his ability to find criminals from the smell of their sweat. Karat was taken to where the dress was found around 8 am in the morning. As soon as he sniffed the dusty white uniform he started to follow a trail. His stop was at a three-wheeler parked half a kilometre away. The same trail was repeated three times by Karat. “I made him rest for an hour and gave him the dress to sniff again and he made the same path to the three-wheel park not just once but three times,” said PC Rasika.


The investigators began questioning the three-wheel drivers. The murder was uncovered. The girl was kidnapped in a three-wheeler frequenting the park. The man who kidnapped the girl was later found to be a person who closely associated with the victim’s family. When she identified the man he had killed the child out of fear. The dog helped the police crack the case. For PC Rasika his best case was not an earth shattering one though.


Karat showed his traits as a super sniffer dog when it was called over to find some missing water pumps worth some several hundred thousand rupees. It took place in Katugastota in 2007, about a year after the dog was commissioned for duty. The investigators found nothing to give Karat, only a foot print on a grassy patch. Karat sniffed the footprint and without a moment of hesitation began a trail. He stopped near a house which was situated off 800m to where the goods were stolen.


On inspection the police found the stolen water pumps inside a locked room. Among many others Karat had tracked down criminals once from the scent in a wire bracelet popularly worn by rogues and also knives left behind at the scene by the criminals. He did his best when there was a mission to be accomplished. Rasika says Karat was a very affectionate canine. “He demands a lot of attention from me and expects me to take him if I ever dress up to go somewhere.” “I noticed about a week before his death that Karat was not as energetic as he used to be.


Later he showed difficulty in walking. We treated him at the Ampara veterinary clinic but there the facilities to check his blood, etc was not available. Therefore he was transferred to Kandy, a few days later where he died.” Karat was buried with full police honours was attended by senior police officials.  submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
May 12, 2011

Handler: Deputy Robert Loken
Oakland County Sheriff's Office
1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Bldg. 38E
Pontiac, MI 48341
Crime-fighting Oakland Co. canine dies

Kaiser died Thursday at the home of his handler, Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Loken.

One of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office's finest has passed away, and his partner and handler said he won't soon be forgotten. Kaiser, an 8-year-old German shepherd who was with the Sheriff's Office K-9 unit since 2005, died Thursday in his sleep at the home of his partner and handler Deputy Robert Loken. In the police vernacular, Kaiser "earned his biscuits" during his six years with the K-9 unit. Kaiser was responsible for several successful tracking's and for sniffing out carjacking, armed robbery and burglary suspects.

Kaiser had been checked by a veterinarian the day before and had been found in good health, according to the Sheriff's Office. Capt. Douglas Molinar said K-9 dogs and their handlers develop a bond as strong as those of human partners. "These dogs are truly the partner of their handler," said Molinar. "They rely on them to watch out for their interests. And in many ways, the handlers end up spending more time with their dogs than they do with their own families.

"Think about it: They are together all day at work and then go back home together at night. How many couples spend that much time together?" In July 2008, Loken and Kaiser received a professional excellence citation for assisting in catching an armed robbery suspect who was involved in the shooting of a store clerk and had attempted to carjack a family. Kaiser sniffed out the suspect, who was hiding in a wooded area. In December 2006, Kaiser followed a track from a construction trailer that had been broken into on a school lot and led the way to a 17-year-old suspect.

In July 2009, Kaiser was instrumental in tracking down a suicidal man who was hiding under pine trees in Brandon Township. In November 2009, deputies were called out over a suicidal man who had cut off his hand in Kensington Metropark in Milford Township. The two-legged deputies and others couldn't locate the missing hand. But Kaiser picked up the scent about 100 yards past where searchers had looked. submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

April 8, 2011
Handler: Officer Kevin Pyeatt  
Abilene Police Department
450 Pecan St # B
Abilene, TX 79602-1698
(325) 673-8331

K-9 King of the Abilene Police Department dies

King Had Canine Version of Multiple Sclerosis

King and Abilene Police Officer Kevin Pyeatt were a team for seven of King's eight years of life. "King made a notable difference in patrolling," Pyeatt said. "He loved to catch the 'bad guy.' "
Abilene Police Officer Kevin Pyeatt lost his best friend Friday with the passing of his faithful dog, King. A news release from the APD said, "King passed away after suffering from a debilitating medical condition. King began his service with the APD in April 2004." The male German shepherd, who came from Holland, had been with Pyeatt for seven of his eight years of life. They were inseparable. When Pyeatt went to work, King went, too. At the end of the day or night — and sometimes the duty stretched far beyond an eight-hour shift — King went home with Pyeatt.

He was part of the family. Now, Pyeatt and the other members of Abilene Police Department have the sad task of laying King to rest. "King was the second dog that I have had to die while still in service," Pyeatt said. "King was literally my right hand." He said King served diligently and faithfully. "King made a notable difference in patrolling," Pyeatt said. "He loved to catch the 'bad guy.' " During King's seven years with the Abilene Police Department, he assisted in seizing over $1.5 million in illegal narcotics and close to $100,000 in cash, according to a news release from the APD.

King once found an RV load of 1,108 pounds of marijuana. In 2006 Pyeatt and King responded to a fight when an armed man ran into alley. The suspect opened fire on King and the dog grabbed the man, dragged him down and held him until Pyeatt arrived. "King was a valuable member of the Abilene Police Department and will be missed," said Detective John Clark. Police Chief Stan Standridge said the department had five dogs before King died, including four German shepherds and one Labrador.

"King had a wonderful temperament," Standridge said. "The dogs are very important to the police officers in fighting crime." Standridge said the police officers and their dogs work closely together. "If the officer worked 40 or 50 hours a week, so did their dogs," he said. "The training for the dogs never stops." Standridge said the police officers who work with dogs were always teaching them. "This is the first dog we have lost prematurely to retirement since I became chief two years ago," Standridge said. He said the whole police department felt the loss of their good friend, King. Standridge noted that Pyeatt had suffered a personal loss. "Kevin lost a true friend," Standridge said. A memorial service is pending, and King will be laid to rest at the Police Academy grounds at a later date.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
April 2, 2011
Handler: Officer Rick Osborne
Clark County, WA Sheriff's Department
707 West 13th Street,
P.O. Box 410,
Vancouver, WA 98666
Main phone: (360) 397-2211
Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388, then call (360) 397-2445

Clark County police dog fatally stabbed K9 Kane
Kane was killed in the line of duty Saturday. Clark County Sheriff's Office K-9 Kane.

A Clark County, Wash., Sheriff's dog was stabbed to death early Saturday as he tried to detain a suspect. Spokesman Sgt. Scott Schanaker said police dog Kane was helping deputies search for two suspects who fled a stolen vehicle shortly after midnight. The suspects had previously tried to ram a patrol car with the car. Kane managed to track down one of the suspects and was trying to detain him when the suspect stabbed the dog, Schanaker said. Kane was taken to St. Francis Animal Hospital in Vancouver, Wash., but later died. Both suspects were eventually arrested with help from the regional SWAT team. 31-year-old LaCenter resident Keegan H. Graves faces charges of harming a police dog, auto theft and attempting to elude a police officer. 22-year-old Yacolt resident Natasa M. Cresap was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Kane had served with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office for six years and was scheduled to retire in 2012. According to The Columbian newspaper, Kane is a Dutch shepherd and his handler is Rick Osborne. Kane and Osborne were one of only a handful of K-9 teams in Washington to be certified in “STABO”, or “short-term airborne operations,” The Columbian reported. That means both were able to fly below a helicopter with a harness and heavy rope. In 2008, Kane was given an award from the President’s Executive Office of National Drug Control Policy for his work on marijuana eradication projects.

A Clark County Sheriff's Office K-9 was killed in the line of duty, just after midnight on 04/02/2011.
On 04/02/2011, at midnight Clark County Deputies were searching for two suspects that fled from a stolen vehicle after the suspects attempted to ram a patrol vehicle, as part of their escape. Kane, a decorated police K-9 was attempting to detain one of the suspects when he was reportedly stabbed by that suspect. Kane was transported to St. Francis Animal Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Kane served the community for 6 years and was scheduled to retire 2012.
The Southwest Washington Regional SWAT Team was called to assist patrol units from the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Vancouver Police Department and the Washington State Patrol, with the search and apprehension of the two suspects. Both suspects are in custody without further incident and will be booked into the Clark County Jail. The Regional Major Crimes Unit is investigating this incident. This is an on going investigation and at this time no names are being released. K-9's hold a special place in the hearts of both police officers and the community members they serve. K-9's are often a crowd favorite at community events and schools. The bond between the K-9 handler and their dog is very strong. We respectfully request that the handler be given time to grieve the loss of his K-9 partner.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Memorial Service:
A public memorial service for K-9 Deputy Kane has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Clark County Events Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road in Ridgefield. Kane, an 8-year-old Dutch shepherd, died in the line of duty after he was stabbed April 2. Kane had served the Clark County Sheriff’s Office for six years. He worked with Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Osborne.  A reception will follow the service. H. Keegan Graves, 31, of La Center has pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, and one charge each of harming a police dog, attempting to elude police and possession of a stolen vehicle. His trial is set for July 18 in Clark County Superior Court.

In Loving Memory of
January 7, 2011

Handler: Officer Paul Vandel

Colorado Springs Police Department
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Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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CSPD Announces Loss Of Canine Comrade
The Colorado Springs Police Department has suffered the loss of a canine comrade in its Canine Unit. The CSPD announced Thursday that Canine Kilo was put to sleep on January 7. Kilo was retired at the time of his death, but served alongside Officer Paul Vandel for five years. Highlights of his illustrious career included the assistance in apprehending a suspect responsible for multiple armed robberies, which helped keep the streets of Colorado Springs a little bit safer. The reason for his death is unknown at this time.

Colorado Springs officer mourns passing of K9 partner

Kilo, a K-9 officer with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

For five years, the Colorado Springs Police Department boasted its own version of Batman and Robin. Or, in this case, Batdog and Robin. Before retiring from the police K9 unit in 2006, Kilo, a German shepherd, and his partner, Officer Paul Vandel, lived a mild mannered family life when not on the job. “When he went to work, he knew it was time to go to work. When he was at home, he just relaxed and became a great family pet,” said Vandel, sharing his memories Friday of the 12-year-old dog that he tearfully had to have put to sleep on Jan. 7.

Kilo began having nosebleeds in August. They stopped for awhile, but in early January they were back and worse than ever. Vandel took Kilo to a veterinarian, but no specific cause was determined. “That’s when we had to make the decision,” Vandel said. The criminals Kilo caught and his contributions to the police “were just so many,” Vandel said as he struggled to recount the dog’s career. One incident, Vandel said perfectly sums up Kilo as a partner. As Vandel recalls, it was in 2004 and police were waiting for a robber to come out of the McDonald’s restaurant near Constitution Avenue and Powers Boulevard.

Kilo was ready to pounce and take the bad guy into custody. When the suspect came out, he pointed a gun at officers. After the robber was wounded by police, Kilo “finished apprehending the suspect,” Vandel said. Kilo was Vandel’s first and only partner with the K9 unit. The pair began working together in October 2001 after Vandel’s two-and-a-half years as a patrol officer at the Sand Creek Division in the southeast area of the city. In mid-December 2006, Vandel went back to being a patrol officer in the Sand Creek Division. After Kilo’s retirement, the department allowed Vandel, his wife Debbie and their two young kids to keep the dog as one of the family pets. “The kids would climb all over him and have a great time playing ball,” Vandel said. “He’s just been a retired officer.” 

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA