Memorials to Fallen K-9s 

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In Loving Memory of
ATF K9 Nash killed in shootout
12/12/12  (Dec. 12, 2012)
South Carolina

ATF K9 Killed In Greenville Co. Shootout Tuesday

Authorities say an ATF K-9 was killed in a shootout in Greenville County Tuesday.
Agents say K-9 Nash was working an operation with the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives on Old Whitehorse Road at Highway 25 in Berea when it was
shot and killed. No other injuries were reported.

The 7-year-old Belgian Malinois served with the A.T.F for five years and
was assigned to Special Response Team 5.

Authorities say an ATF K-9 was killed in a shootout in Greenville County Tuesday. Agents say K-9 Nash was working
 an operation with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Old Whitehorse Road at Highway 25 in
Berea when it was shot and killed. No other injuries were reported.
The 7-year-old Belgian Malinois served with
 the A.T.F for five years and was assigned to Special Response Team 5.
K9 Nash was shot and killed while
participating in an arrest operation at a location near the intersection Old Whitehorse Road and Highway 25 in Berea,
 South Carolina. At least one subject opened fire on the SRT team during the operation, fatally wounding K9 Nash.
 All of the subjects were apprehended.
submitted by Jim Cortina,Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

October 10, 2012
Handler: Sergeant Marty Munger
Marquette Police Department
300 W. Baraga Ave.
Marquette, MI 49855
Marquette's first police dog dies
The Marquette City Police Department is mourning the loss of their first K9 unit,
 Nero, after he died on Wednesday.

The Marquette Police Department is mourning the loss of their first K9 unit after Nero passed away on Wednesday.
The 10-year-old Belgium Shepherd died after a year-long battle with cancer. Nero's handler,
 Sergeant Marty Munger, was by his side when he died. Nero joined the Marquette police force nine
years ago and retired earlier this year. The police department says that Nero left a lasting legacy.
Two dogs have since joined the department to fill the void left by Nero's departure.
The new K9 units, Scud and Frodo, are in service with the Marquette Police Department.
submitted by: Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
September 2012

Handler: Officer Steve Morse 
Randolph Police Department
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA  02368

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Randolph Police Dog Nero dies at the age of 9
Randolph K-9 Police Officer Stephen Morse adjusts the donated protective vest on police dog Nero in the spring 2011.
 Nero died on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the age of 9.

Randolph’s police dog Nero was having a good month. K-9 Officer Steve Morse said Nero found a hidden compartment filled with a significant amount of cocaine and crack in the motor vehicle of a drug dealer during a search warrant. He also found a sizable amount of drugs someone threw in the backyard of a surrounding town. But the nine-year-old Labrador retriever’s career came to an end when he fell ill during training in Medford Friday, Sept. 7. He died shortly after. Morse said the exact cause of his death is unknown.

Morse said he’s still emotional over the loss and isn’t accustomed patrolling the streets without Nero, who has been working alongside him for the past seven years.  "He was a pet but he was more than a pet. He was my partner," he said. "Anytime I went to work,

he would go with me." Morse was one of two officers selected by former Police Chief Paul Porter to work with a police dog seven years ago. After arriving here from the Czech Republic, Nero went through training to become a certified single purpose passive indicator narcotics detection dog and eventually was internationally certified. Throughout his career, Nero had accompanied Morse on hundreds of

school searches and drug busts. Nero lived with Morse, his wife, Christine (who is also a Randolph Police officer) and their family. Morse said he could tell Nero liked his job. "If he was home for three or four days, he’d get all riled up because he wasn’t working," he said. Though Nero had a tough job, he had a friendly appearance and demeanor and was always up for a belly rub, Morse said. Morse said when he brought Nero to visit schools, the kids would hear his deep bark and be petrified, expecting to see a big scary dog. Most were surprised when a friendly-looking dog would hop out. "They’d say ‘that’s not what I was expecting,’ " he said. "He was a big peach."

One of Morse’s favorite memories of Nero is playing hide and seek with students at a preschool in Randolph. "(Nero) loved that attention," he said. When asked if he’ll ever get another police dog again, Morse said it’s too soon to say. "I never want to go through the pain of losing a dog again…. But it’s the best job that you could ever want because you get to go to work every day with your best friend," he said. Morse said he appreciates the condolences he’s received from the community. The sympathy Facebook messages and e-mails have been pouring in.

"There’s a lot of people in town that loved him," he said. Morse said he is grateful to the Medford Fire Department who helped him find a vet when Nero began to get sick and the veterinarians that treated him at Loovy Veterinarian Group in Medford and New England Animal Medical Center in West Bridgewater, where he was transferred. A service was held for Nero at Angel View Pet Cemetery and Crematory in Middleboro.
submitted by: Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
September 4, 2012

Handler: Deputy Darin Fay
Woodbury County Sheriff's Office
407  7th St. - PO Box A3715
Sioux City, IA 51102
Ph: 712.279.6010

SIOUX CITY | A Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office police dog has died.
Niko, a German shepherd, died Monday from complications of a bacterial infection,  said Woodbury County Sgt. James Bauerly.
The dog was handled by Deputy Darin Fay. Together, they apprehended suspects and searched for illicit drugs.
Niko died during the night from a bacterial infection he contracted a few years ago, Bauerly said. He said Niko was able
to continue working after his diagnosis, but the infection eventually shut down the dog’s kidneys. The Woodbury County Sheriff’s
Office’s remaining dogs are among those participating in the United States Police Canine Association certification event Wednesday
 and Thursday at Chautauqua Park in Sioux City. The dogs are tested for obedience, agility, suspect apprehension and searches.
The trials are open to the public. They will continue at 8 a.m. Thursday with suspect  apprehension work at the park,
3500 Harbor Drive. 

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

August 2012

Handler: Officer Scott Cornelison  
Porter Police Department
 50 Francis Street
Porter, IN 46304
  Police dog suddenly dies

Porter police chief James Spanier announced Nicky, the department’s canine officer, unexpectedly died of a turned
 stomach, common in German Shepherds. It’s not known whether the death was in any way related to Nicky’s recent
 surgery for a bulging disk. Spanier told the council Aug. 15 that doctors were very optimistic about Nicky’s recovery.
Officer Scott Cornelison was Nicky’s handler for the past three years and the dog lived at his home. “We wish Scott
 the best. He’s taking it kind of hard,” according to the chief. Council member Elka Nelson sent her regards to
Cornelison and said if and when he’s ready, she would support finding the funds to buy another police dog. After the
 meeting Spanier said that can cost $18,000 depending how long the police handler trains with his specific animal.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
p.s.  I know where Porter, IN is... I graduated years ago from Lew Wallace HS in Gary!!   lulu 

In Loving Memory of
June 20, 2012

Handler: Officer Chris Hensley
Hattiesburg Police Department

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2 injured, HPD K9 killed in wreck
Emergency personnel work the scene of a two-vehicle accident involving a Hattiesburg Police officer and an 18-wheeler
 on the northbound side on Interstate 59 just south of the U.S. 98-I-59 interchange. The officer involved is part of the
 department's Highway Interdiction Team. The officer and driver of the 18-wheeler where transported from the scene by
 ambulance to a local hospital. 
A Hattiesburg police officer is in the hospital and his police dog is dead following a
 Wednesday-night traffic accident.  Northbound traffic on I-59 is still being diverted after a late-night wreck.
HPD spokesperson Lt. Eric Proulx said  the officer was assisting a stranded motorist. The officer was struck head-on 
by an 18-wheeler. The police vehicle was facing south in the northbound lane when the accident occurred. 
The officer's name is Chris Hensley. The K9's name was Nero. The driver of the 18-wheeler is also in the hospital.
 The officer's K-9 unit was killed. Traffic is  being rerouted from I-59 north to Hwy 98 east over to Elk's Lake Road
and then rerouted back onto Hwy 98 west back to I-59.  Freon may have been spilled, and a hazardous materials unit is on its way.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA  & <>
(* emailed request for more info and photo of K9 Nero and handler)

In Loving Memory of
June 10,2012

Handler: Senior Cpl. Mark Tobin
New Castle County Police Department
3601 North Dupont Highway
New Castle, DE
(302) 573-2800

K-9 Nike to be put to rest - Dog's decade of service earned awards

New Castle County police Senior Cpl. Mark Tobin and his canine partner, Nike (left), are shown in April 2011 after
being recognized by the American Kennel Club with the 2010 Award for Canine Excellence.
 / The News Journal/Ginger Wall  - written by

New Castle County Police Department’s award-winning K-9 dog Nike, who has been in declining health recently, will be
put to rest today with his police partner, Senior Cpl. Mark Tobin, and his family by his side. Given the dog’s worsening condition,
 Tobin made the decision to euthanize Nike, said agency spokesman Cpl. John Weglarz Sr.

The 13-year-old German Shepherd served the residents of New Castle County for more than a decade  – visiting schools,
tracking criminals and helping recover more than $2 million in drug and cash seizures.
One of Nike’s important finds was
 recovering a knife used in a homicide which led to the arrest of a suspect on murder charges.
  He also helped locate and
save the life of a 12-year-old girl who had overdosed,  and a 6-year-old autistic boy who had disappeared in 97-degree heat.
Nike also found an Alzheimer’s patient who had wandered away from home one frigid windy night in just a nightgown, and
 locate the home of a 2-year-old boy found walking alone on a busy street where his father was arrested.

In December 2010, Nike and his partner were honored by the American Kennel Club with its 2010 Award for Canine
 Excellence in Long Beach California.

With his family by his side, New Castle County Police canine "Nike," will be put to sleep later this afternoon, leaving behind a job and family he's known and loved for the majority of his life.  The 13-year-old German Shepherd served with his partner, Senior Corporal Mark Tobin for over a decade. In Nike's heyday, New Castle County Police say the team is responsible for 161 apprehensions ranging from burglaries to murder, and helped seize more than $2 million in drugs and cash. "He had just a phenomenal tracking ability to go and locate people," said Sr. Cpl. Tobin. Retired three years ago, the lovable, long-haired shepherd's hips have completely given out. Tobin says Nike also has tumors in the back part of his hips that keep the 70 pound dog from walking on his own. "Right now we carry him from room to room, and it's just unfair, that quality of living for the amount of work he's done for everyone. I just think it's time for him to deserve his final rest," Tobin said.
We've been sad, you know, for a couple days now - knowing, preparing, but you're never prepared for this," wife Erin said. A tough decision on everyone, especially for Sr. Cpl. Tobin's 11-year-old son Kevin. Tobin says Nike moved in the same day Kevin came home from the hospital as a newborn. 
"He's been a part of my life throughout every stage of everything," Kevin said tearfully. "He's kind of like my brother, but he's a dog, and I just hate to see him in pain."  "No one could ever replace Nike," said 15-year-old Shannon, Sr. Cpl. Tobin's daughter. Sr. Cpl. Tobin's partner is now another German Shepherd named "Chaos." Tobin describes the 3-year-old as a "spazz," with four big shoes to fill. "All of us who have second dogs, or get another dog, we always say, 'Aww, it's nothing like the first dog,' and I think it's like everybody else that gets their second dog; but what we forget is the time it took us to evolve the dog to where he is." And in Nike's case, it was a 10-year partnership and 13-year relationship for the Tobin's that makes saying good-bye all the more difficult. 
submitted by Dawn Lanham, retired New Castle De. Police Dept.  and Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
May 8, 2012

Handler: Sheriff's Sgt. James Brennan
Charleston County Sheriff's Office
3505 Pinehaven Dr.
Charleston Heights, SC 29405 


Sheriff's Beloved K9 Euthanized
Nitro, retired police dog, euthanized for health issues. 
Nitro, a sheriff's K9 from 2005 to 2010, has been euthanized for health reasons.

The Nitro, a sheriff's K9 from 2005 to 2010, has been euthanized for health reasons has euthanized a retired police-service
 dog after health issues on May 8, 2012. On watch from 2005 to 2010, Nitro was skilled in searching for fugitives,
drugs and weapons. The dog had to be euthanized due to unspecified health issues, according to a department news
release. "He was an integral part of the K9 team, contributing to many arrests for drugs and weapons charges,"  said Major
 James Brady, sheriff's spokesman. "Nitro has tracked many criminals involved in bank robberies, homicides and other dangerous felons."

While off duty he was in the care of Sheriff's Sgt. James Brennan and his family, and was very much loved by the Brennan
family, Major Brady said.K9 Nitro retired in 2010. Upon his passing, the Consolidated Dispatch Center announced “All units
stand by: End Tour of Duty K9 Nitro, Rest in Peace Warrior,” as a piercing silence followed, a typical sign off for deceased
law enforcement officers. The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit is comprised  of two supervisors and
six deputies along with 12 dogs capable of scent tracking, article searches and narcotics  and explosive detection.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
May 2001 - MARCH 2012


Wright-Patterson Air Force Base


Air Force holds Ohio memorial for military dog 
A memorial service in southwest Ohio honored an Air Force dog that died earlier this month after a military career, which included
 serving in the Iraq War and helping federal authorities with more than 500 arrests. The service with military honors was
 held for Nisan (NEE'-sun) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where the 10-year-old German Shepherd had been
assigned since 2003. Nisan worked with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agencies and was credited with helping
 track down about 20 pounds of narcotics. The memorial service included a procession by a Patriot Guard motorcycle
 escort, a 21-gun salute and the playing of "Taps" Military working dogs typically help identify explosives and narcotics,
 find insurgents and provide security for troops. Base officials said memorial services for military dogs are uncommon.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
January 28, 2012

Handler: Ofc. Frank Yevchak
West Milford Military Dog
West Milford, NJ

West Milford’s Military Working Dog ambassador dies -- New Jersey
Niki, West Milford’s Military Working Dog (MWD) ambassador, died on Jan. 28. She assisted Frank Yevchak in founding
 the 4-Legged Soldiers organization that generated thousands of dollars for equipment for MWD teams.

Nikita (Niki), a well known working dog ambassador around West Milford, died on Saturday, Jan. 28. "We had no idea she was sick,"
 said Frank Yevchak, the security resource officer at Macopin Middle School. "I saw blood in her urine in the morning and I
 brought her immediately to the Greenwood Lake Animal Hospital. During her exam she had a massive hemorrhage and died in
 my arms shortly  afterward. She knew I was there as our eyes met. I held her head and kissed her forehead as oxygen
 was administered to try to save her but it was not possible." Distraught over the loss of Niki, Yevchak said the people
 at the animal hospital  did everything they could. Niki unsuccessfully fought to stay alive for as long as she could.
 She had just turned 11 years old.

Yevchak, a retired police officer from Upper Saddle River, said Niki was known to young and old alike. She assisted him
for over two  and a half years in generating thousands of dollars for equipment for Military Working Dogs (MWD) teams.
 She helped him bring  awareness of the need and value of the four-legged heroes, he said. "Niki was known to young
 and old alike," Yevchak told  AIM
West Milford. "She proudly wore her harness and goggles when she greeted her
supporters with a paw and licks. Even the most timid human could not help but love and want to pet Niki.
She was the gentlest and loving German Shepherd  I have ever known.

She was my best friend and part of me traveled over the Rainbow Bridge with her as she died. I have been called a hero for
 helping the MWD teams but Niki was truly the hero. It was she who caught the eye of a soldier in 2009 that led to our
4-Legged Soldiers organization." Yevchak said it is fitting that his "best friend" gets a tribute due to all the love and
devotion she has given to him, his family and soldiers over the years. He recalled how Niki came to his family. His dog," Snowy"
 has passed on and he and his family were heartbroken. That’s when he received a call about a puppy in need of a home.
 "Ever since that first day I was given the honor of having this small abandoned puppy become part of my family I knew she
was a very special dog," said Yevchak.

"For years she gave us more love and affection that anyone could ask for." He said when Niki’s adopted sister Mica passed
it was obvious Niki was grieving but she was there for the family and helped them get through a very difficult time.
Yevchak said before this Niki and Mica had taken up the mission of assisting the 4-Legged Heroes. Mica was not feeling
well so Niki and Yevchak went alone to the 2009
West Milford Memorial Day parade. "Niki was geared up as a MWD to honor
 the 4-Legged soldiers," recalled Yevchek. "A soldier who had just returned from Iraq approached us. He thanked
 us for bringing awareness of the importance of the MWDs and how they save  thousands of lives. That’s when the
Support our 4-Legged Soldiers organization was born.

Mica and Niki became its K9 symbols. Mica was not strong enough to go to events but Niki took on the job and for over
 two and a half years assisted in generating thousands of dollars for equipment for MWD teams and assisted in bringing
 awareness of the need and value of  her 4-Legged Heroes." "I thank the Good Lord for allowing me the honor of taking care
 of Niki on this earth until you thought it was  time to bring her back into your ever loving arms,"  said Yevchak. "I’m sure
she’s running with Mica and Snowy forever happy and free of pain. I pray one day  I may meet her again in Heaven above.
For all who read this please in Niki’s memory remember and support our soldiers, especially our MWDs and thank them all
for keeping us safe.  Thank you and farewell to my best friend Niki. You will be forever in my heart and mind!"
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA