Memorials to Fallen K-9s 

The F.A.S.T. Co. donates sets of memorial cards to all partners 
 I need your help to inform me of such losses.

Dept. addresses available for those who want to send condolences to officers. See below

In Loving Memory of
December 4, 2012

Handler: Officer Jung Trinh  
Seattle Police Department
3001 South Myrtle Street
Seattle, WA 98108 

K-9 with Seattle Police Department passes away

A K-9 from the Seattle Police Department has passed away, said officials with the Police Department.

Earlier this month, 10-year-old Falko went into surgery for an injured knee, but he didn’t make it through the procedure. Falko was partners with Officer Jung Trinh and has helped the Police Department for eight years. The Police Department said Falko helped track down evidence, such as handguns at crime scenes, and has assisted in more than 100 arrests. In 2007, Falko and Trinh received the George P. Tielsch Award for outstanding K-9 team of the year, and he later became the first K-9 in the state to Master Handler certification.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA and Roger ......

(to be completed later).... lulu

PD Falko was the first Seattle Police Dog from the Seattle Police Department to certify with the Washington State Police Canine Association and passed their Master Handler Certification Standard on October 13, 2011.  We have dogs from Seattle PD that certified with WSPCA prior but none passed their Master Handler certification until then. 
There are other dog teams from other police departments that have certified as master handler prior to PD Falko passing it in 2011 (so we were not the first in the state).  We were only the first in Seattle PD.

Thank you,
Officer Jung Trinh
Seattle PD

In Loving Memory of
& Handler, Sgt. Dick Alson Lee, Jr.
May 14, 2012

(Not actual photo of Fibi, but of the breed)
US Army Department of Defense

MWK9 Fibi- Military Working Dog killed in Afghanistan

Yesterday, May 14th was when the Department of Defense listed Army SGT Dick A. Lee as killed in combat in Afghanistan, it was only a fraction of his story.  Killed alongside of him was
SSG Brandon Eggleston a Special Forces Soldier from North Carolina.
These brave men leave behind family, friends and fellow Soldiers who will never completely get over the loss.
But another brave soul was also killed April 26, 2012, in Ghazni Province when an IED destroyed SGT Lee’s and SSG Eggleston’s vehicle and took their lives.  Her name was Fibi.
Fibi was a Military Working Dog, highly skilled to sniff out bombs and bad guys.
She went first to make sure dismounted patrols were safe for her Solider. 
She put her life on the line day-after-day so her Soldier didn’t have to. 
She was brave and brilliant and courageous above-and-beyond the call of duty.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Pentagon officials released this morning the loss of two more U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan.  Both died April 26, 2012, in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  The Soldiers died of injuries sustained when their vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.  Killed in the fight were Staff Sgt. Brandon F. Eggleston, 29, of Candler, North Carolina, who was assigned to 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Sgt. Dick A. Lee Jr., 31, of Orange Park, Florida who was assigned to 95th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade,
 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Sembach, Germany.
Earlier this week, a propaganda laden report was filed by Jihad News that five “NATO invaders” had been killed in this incident and that many more had been injured.  The Department of Defense confirms that was a false report although there are few details available on the incident at this time.

In Loving Memory of
May 9, 2012

Anthony Lucca
Rhode Island Department of Corrections

40 Howard Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920

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RI prison dog Frankie dies unexpectedly 
Rhode Island Department of Corrections dog Frankie has died. Prison officials announced the German shepherd's death on Wednesday. The 10-year-old dog was put down on Friday morning after falling ill on Thursday and being examined by a veterinarian. Frankie served the prison system for nine years where one of his jobs was sniffing for contraband. He also worked with police departments, the state Department of Environmental Affairs, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and airport security. He is credited with numerous drug and cash seizures, including the confiscation of an estimated $100,000 in cash. Frankie's handler, Anthony Lucca, says he was the best dog in the prison system's history and will be missed by many. 
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
K9 F
May 8, 2012

Handler: Sgt. Joe Kelly
Cherry Hill Police Department
 New Jersey

It is with great sadness that the Cherry Hill Police Department announces the passing of Retired K-9 Franko K-11 on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 He was the faithful partner of Sgt. Joe Kelly. K9 Franko was 14 years old at the time of his passing and had served the township of Cherry Hill from 2000 to 2010 in both Patrol and Narcotics Detection. During his distinguished career Franko was credited with finding hundreds of pounds of narcotics, weapons, numerous arrests, and currency seizures as well as having made many criminal apprehensions. They participated in numerous community events and demonstrations locally and throughout the region, including several demonstrations assisting Gloucester County Law Enforcement Agencies as well as the Philadelphia HERO Thrill Show.   Franko and Joe were graduates of the Philadelphia Police Canine Academy and were  true assets to the Cherry Hill Police Department.  In recent years, "Frank" had become the 24/7 protector of the Kelly family and mentor to Joe's new partner Nero.  He will be sorely missed by everyone!  We wish Joe Kelly, the Kelly Family, and the entire Cherry Hill Police Department our most sincere condolences~

Job well done Franko and thank you for your service~

With Sympathy,

The GCPK9A    

also submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA