Memorials to Fallen K-9s 
 2012-
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In Loving Memory of
K9 IKE
May 23, 2012


Handler:  Deputy Brandon Cox
Hernando County Sheriff's Office
 Florida
From: Denise M. Moloney
Public Information Officer, 352-797-3609
Re: Sheriff Nienhuis Announces the Sudden Passing of K-9 Ike
 
It is with a heavy heart that Sheriff Al Nienhuis announces the sudden passing of "K-9 Ike."
On 05-23-12, while en-route to a call for service, K-9 Ike began to convulse and was in obvious distress.
His handler, Deputy Brandon Cox, immediately diverted to Animal Emergency of Hernando, Inc. on Deltona Blvd.
 in Spring Hill. K-9 Ike was diagnosed with a condition that required emergency surgery. Unfortunately,
 he did not survive the surgery.
K-9 Ike was 4 years old. Deputy Cox and K-9 Ike served the citizens of Hernando County as a K-9
team for three years. Please keep Deputy Brandon Cox, his family, our K-9 Unit and the entire Hernando
County Sheriff’s Office in your thoughts and prayers, as we mourn the loss of K-9 Ike.
A memorial service is being planned. Details will be provided at a later time.
submitted by Dawn Lehman, ret. dispatcher, New Castle Police Dept. Delaware & Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
 

In Loving Memory of
K9 IGOR

December 28, 2012
Handler: Officer Steve Feuerstein 
Billings Police Department
220 N. 27th St.
Billings, MT 59101
 
 
Award-winning retired police dog dies after battling cancer
Igor, a narcotics and criminal apprehension dog pictured with officer Steve Feuerstein in 2005, retired from the Billings Police Department in 2006. He died in December.
 

After a short battle with bone cancer, retired Billings police dog Igor has died. His hander, former police officer Steve Feuerstein, said Igor died a peaceful death at their home on Dec. 28, where Igor continued to live after his retirement in 2005. “A piece of me has gone away,” Feuerstein said. “He was every bit of a man’s best friend.” The 16-year-old Belgian Malinois joined the Billings police force in 1998 and retired about seven years later after experiencing health problems. During his career with the police force as a narcotics and criminal apprehension canine, Igor played a central role in seizing about $4.5 million in drugs and assets and claimed seven criminal apprehensions.

Among his most celebrated cases, Igor sniffed out 3 pounds of cocaine and a pound of methamphetamine hidden in two purple duffel bags stashed in the overhead compartment of a Greyhound bus. He jumped across the bus seats’ head rests to locate the drugs. In another instance, Igor sniffed two 50-pound bags of marijuana, which also were being transported by bus. “The dog had a 95 percent accurate finding rate,” Feuerstein said. “There was no mistaking an odor with him.” Feuerstein said he has many fond memories of working with Igor, including Igor’s first criminal apprehension just months after joining the force, in which he was awarded a medal of honor.

“Igor and I worked hard, and we were a great team,” Feuerstein said. “I depended on Igor, and he depended on me.” The team averaged one drug arrest per day, Feuerstein said. In 2003, Igor was awarded the “Special Hero,” among 17 other people awarded at the Sixth Annual Heroes Breakfast that was sponsored in part by the American Red Cross. The award highlighted Igor's years of hard work to make the community a safer place. He was the first and only police dog ever awarded with the title, Feuerstein said. The Belgian Malinois, bred in Holland and trained in Ohio for police work, cost the city about $12,000.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA


In Loving Memory of
K9 IVAN
December 12, 2012


Handler: Officer Korey Lankow
Tucson Police Dept.
Arizona
 
 
Suspect, police K9 killed in Tucson shooting

Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened in Tucson overnight.The shooting happened around
 11 p.m- . Wednesday night at 2nd Street and Stewart Avenue after an officer pulled over a vehicle that matched
 the suspect description in an earlier carjacking report. Tucson police say the man fled from the scene
and the officer, along with his K9 chased him into the neighborhood. Police say shots were fired,
killing both the suspect and police dog, Ivan. Police have not released the suspect's name. Tucson police have
 nine canines in service. This is the second K9 that has died this year in Tucson. Jeg, a Department
of Public Safety K9, had to be euthanized after his handler, Officer Korey Lankow, left him in a hot patrol car last July.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

update:

Dog park renamed in honor of fallen police K-9

Posted: Jun 1, 2013 4:33 PM by Erika Flores

The dog park at Purple Heart Park in the Rita Ranch neighborhood is now named Ivan's Spot.  It's a permanent thank you to Ivan, a police dog who was killed on duty, his partner Officer Chris Fenoglio and family.  Ivan will be greeting dogs at the gate with his name, face and story.  Officer Chris Fenoglio lost Ivan while pursuing a carjacking suspect in December."He saved my backside that night," said Officer Fenoglio in an April interview with News 4 Tucson.  Ivan charged the suspect and bit his arm. The suspect then shot Ivan in the shoulder.  "It touched us all. Everyone was affected by it throughout the entire department," said Sgt. Brad Pelton with Tucson police.  The Tucson Police Officer's Association and the community decided to memorialize Ivan by renaming the dog park at Purple Heart Park in his honor.

"It's very rare that we lose a dog in the line of duty. We've only had three ever in the history of our department, so it's just not something that happens often, and it's not often that you get the chance to set up a tribute and pay that kind of loss back," said Paul Sheldon, with the Tucson Police Officer's Association.  Sgt. Pelton said these canines aren't just partners but family.  "The bond is indescribable just like anybody else who has a pet. We get that normal bond, but we're with them so much. I see him more than I probably see the rest of my family," said Sgt. Pelton.  And now everyone will see that.  "They really are a part of our community," said Sgt. Pelton. Ivan's bravery and devotion will now be on display for everyone to see in the Rita Ranch Neighborhood.

 


In Loving Memory of
K9 ICE
October 18, 2012

Handler:
PC Dean Allen
Derbyshire Police Authority
Butterley Hall
 Derbyshire Constabulary’s Dog Unit
Ripley, Derbyshire  UK
DE5 3RS
PH: 0300 122 6000

Police dog Ice featured in the News back in 2007, Sadly this month he died of o short illness.
A crime fightng canine who featured in a 2007 Ripley & Heanor News feature on Police Dog training has died.

The News serialised the story of German Shepherd Ice as he trained in the ranks of Derbyshire Constabulary’s dog unit.
He was paired with handler PC Dean Allen and worked mainly in the centre and south of the county until his death
last week. PC Allen said Ice will be greatly missed by all at the dog section.The pooch, who died following a
short illness, was given the police commendation for bravery in 2010 alongside PC Allen, for disarming
a dangerous man who was carrying four  large kitchen knives on a weekend evening in Long Eaton.z
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA ... USA

In Loving Memory of
K9 INDY
May 17, 2012

Handler: Sgt. Ronnie Townsend 
OCEAN CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
6501 Coastal Hwy.
Ocean City, MD 21842
 

K-9 Indy dies

It is with great sorrow and regret that Ocean City Magic announces the passing of Ocean City Police K-9 Indy. Indy passed away on May 17 2012 after enduring medical issues that required him to be laid to rest. Indy was a beautiful 11.5 year old Dutch Shepherd who served faithfully beside his handler, Sgt. Ronnie Townsend, for many years in Ocean City, Maryland.Indy came to the Ocean City Police Department in 2004 from Tarheel Canine Training Inc in Sanford, North Carolina. Prior to his brief stay at Tarheel Canine Training Inc, Indy came from Holland, where he initially learned his fundamentals of tracking, obedience and the foundation for his bite work.

Indy was titled a Schutzhund level 3, which is the highest level of dog training recognized. To be eligible for a Schutzhund level 3, Indy had to be 20 months old and have earned both his Schutzhund level 1 and level 2 (SchH1 & SchH2) titles. This means that Indy had to be proficient in both obedience, protection and tracking, all of which he had to prove without a leash. Also to be Schutzhund 3, Indy had to follow a stranger’s track that was laid 60 minutes prior, which included 4 turns and he had to retrieve 3 objects left by the stranger on the track. After completing several weeks of departmental training for patrol and narcotics detection such as marijuana, cocaine (both powder and crack), heroin, MDMA and Ecstacy, Indy hit the streets to serve the citizens of Ocean City and the Ocean City Police Department.

Indy and Sgt. Townsend were licensed in the State of Maryland and nationally certified with the North American Police Work Dog Association to show their proficiency and their reliability. Shortly after Indy and Sgt. Townsend began serving the Town of Ocean City, they showed their value to the city by finding a kilo and a half of Cocaine (3.8lbs), worth nearly $100,000. During this incident, Officers also seized $1,770 from the two suspects. In addition to working the streets of Ocean City, Indy and Sgt. Townsend spent countless hours training and doing demonstrations for local schools, summer camps and Ocean City events.

Indy and Sgt. Townsend were routinely seen at Bonfire’s on the Beach, National Night Out events, July 4th celebrations and many other community oriented events in Ocean City. Indy retired in September of 2009 and went on to be a family pet. Indy was a great police dog and a true best friend to Sgt. Townsend. His time away from work was filled with love at home from Sgt. Townsend and his family. Indy served the city well and kept Sgt. Townsend safe in many dangerous situations. Indy will be missed by many throughout the Ocean City area. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Sgt. Townsend and his family.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA