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

Handler: Officer David Lim
NYC Police Department

Txt to be put here upon receiving.

In Loving Memory of
2003 - May 12, 2012

Handler: Sergeant James Pasquale
 K9 Storm ..... Egg Harbor Township & Atlantic City Police Department
Atlantic City, NJ

K9 TEAM JACKSON & K9 STORM 2003-2012
On June 25, 2012, K9 Officer Storm was euthanized at the Somers Point Animal Hospital by Dr. Kim Taylor due to a deteriorating spinal disease and other medical complications. K9 Storm was forced to retire from duty on May 12, 2012 due to his medical condition. K9 Storm affectionately known as
"Stormy Doodle" was my faithful and loyal K9 Partner for the last seven years. We have experienced together as a "Team" some of the best times in my Law Enforcement Career.

Storm and I became a team in January 2005 in Patrol Class # 31 under the direction of then trainers, Atlantic City Police Sergeant James Pasquale and Egg Harbor Township Sergeant Jay Woods. Storm was imported from
the Czech Republic and was two years old when I got him. When I first met Storm, I was a little apprehensive on how he would turn out as a street dog. Storm was considerably smaller than my first K9 Partner King, but I soon learned how totally wrong that perception was about him. He had the heart of a lion and that is a key factor to have in a street dog. Storm turned out to be a natural in our canine academy.

Upon graduating the John "Sonny Burke" Canine Academy, Storm and I were assigned to the midnight to eight-shift "Charlie Platoon." Not a month after graduation Storm made his mark on the criminal element in our city. Storm made an apprehension on a violent criminal who held police at bay and attempted to set the apartment building on fire. The next notable incident was two months later, Storm literally saved my life. While checking a group of males, unknown to me a male had snuck up behind me with a hidden butterfly knife in his possession. Officer John J. LaBroli III was stabbed by this male and tried to flee, but Storm made the apprehension. During his career Storm has made numerous other apprehensions of violent offenders. Storm and I were also involved in the search and eventual apprehension of Christopher Blank, who attempted to murder two Egg Harbor Township Police Officers.

In 2006 Storm and I competed in our first USPCA Regional Canine Competition. We competed against 58 other dog teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania ana New York. Storm and I earned 2nd Place Top Dog Overall, 3rd Place Scent Work and 3rd Place in Criminal Apprehension. Storm was earned his PD-1 Certification and was qualified to enter the National USPCA Trial.

In 2010 Storm and I competed in another USPCA Canine Competition. Storm and I were awarded individual trophies and helped make department history by taking first place as a team by winning the State Title.

During Storm's career we had been awarded many awards, medals and commendations. Notable mentions are: in 2005 we were awarded K9 of the year, 2006 Hero Award, 2006 K9 Service Award, and 2011 Commendation from the USPCA for a sizable narcotic seizure.

Storm has served this community and the Atlantic City Police Department with honor and valor, worthy of praise and gratitude. Most of all he has been my faithful friend, loyal partner the kind of partner any K9 Handler could ever ask for and I will miss him greatly.
submitted by Frank Burnetti

In Loving Memory of
September  2012

Handler: Officer Michael Smaksoz
Mt. Lebanon Police Dept.
 555 Washington Road
. Lebanon, PA 15228

The Mt. Lebanon Police Department on Monday announced that its K-9 died during a training exercise.

The department said on its Facebook page that its 10-year-old German shepherd, Sundi, had just finished training
 with his partner, Officer Michael Smaksoz, on Sunday when the dog became ill. Noticing that the
normally obedient dog was not responding to commands or getting out of his police car, Smaksoz
took Sundi to an emergency veterinary hospital, said Mt. Lebanon spokeswoman Susan Morgans.

Sundi was born in 2002 in Budapest, Hungary, and came to Mt. Lebanon for training in October 2003.
 He entered service in January 2004, and was Mt. Lebanon’s only police dog after its other
K-9 officer, Jerd, retired in 2008.

Morgans said the police department submitted a federal grant request for another dog that officials
 hoped to acquire by next year. Representatives of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, which gives
 police and fire departments grants to purchase and train K-9 officers, said the foundation would
 waive its Aug. 1 application deadline if Mt. Lebanon wanted to apply for a grant, to be
 awarded after the Super Bowl.
  Officials are planning a memorial service for Sundi, Morgans said.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
September 3, 2012
Handler: Officer Lt. T.J. Frye

Warwick Police Department
132 Washington St.  SW
Warwick, GA  31796

A Warwick police officer resigns after his K-9 partner, Sasha, was found dead in the backseat of his patrol unit.
Officer Lt. T.J. Frye recently left his position at the department according to city records.
Frye was supposed to report to work around 6 am September third when he called Chief David Morris
saying he had just gotten back in town after being on vacation for three days and that's when
 he found the eight-year-old black and white German Shepherd. It was reported that Frye told
Chief Morris the dog must have gained access into the car and then got trapped inside.

Chief Morris inspected the car and found seats torn, computer equipment destroyed and scratches
on the windshield where she must have tried to get
out of the vehicle during one of the hottest weeks
 this Summer. Charges may be pending in this case. Officer Hendley said Sasha was an 8-year
old black and silver German Shepherd who had been retired from the Miami Police Department
due to her fear of thunder and loud noises. She was turned over to a rescue group in Florida
 which looked to have the dog placed with an officer in a small town where she could reside with
 the officer. She was trained at a National Academy for narcotics detection,
 “Meaning legally Sasha was a law enforcement officer,” Hendley said.

Reportedly Frye buried Sasha himself at his home. Chief Morris would not comment much on
 the incident but directed us to county animal control for details. Hendley said she first heard
of the incident this morning after we had placed calls to Chief Morris Thursday evening.
The police car remains in storage at ABC Wrecker Service and Hendley said
Worth County Sheriff’s investigations will be involved at this point.  


                                GBI investigators continue to find out what happen to Sasha.

The carcass of a Warwick Police Department K-9 officer will be exhumed so investigators can examine it  and so the police dog can get a proper burial. The dog died; trapped in her handler's car and wasn't  discovered for several days. Many concerned people showed up at tonight's Warwick City Council meeting demanding answers and city leaders say they'll work to find those answers. Supports of Sasha,  the beloved police dog who was found dead on September 3rd, spoke out and say her legacy        will live on but so will the suspicions as to why she died they way she did.

"Her legacy, what she did for this city, you know, she was one if not the top dog they've ever had here," says Eugene Bedal. Former Florida police officer, Bedal, who helped bring Sasha to Warwick, asked members of the council to set aside money for a proper burial. "I told the council I wasn't going to blame anyone as to how the dog died or why the dog died, my main concern tonight to try to get the dog a proper burial. To be buried in the back yard like a sack of trash is not a proper burial for a law enforcement officer," says Bedal. And city leaders say they have no problem honoring the fallen police officer.

"He's not just a dog, he was a police officer, so you know he needs to be handle with respect, as far as what he was, so we are going to do what is right," says Alan Peacock, Mayor of Warwick. Peacock says he had no idea about the tragic death of the K9 until days later but says he'll make sure nothing like this ever happens again. "As far as negligence, you can't do that. I've already made light that if we get another dog, there will be a kennel built here in the city, and the city will take care of the dog." Bedal, along with members of the community, say this is one step toward finding Justice for Sasha but they want city leaders along with GBI to find out what really happen over 2 weeks ago. Warwick police Lieutenant Thomas Frye, Sasha's handler, resigned a week after he found her dead in his patrol car. She was there for several days and clearly struggled to try to get out. Frye says Sasha got into the SUV on her own. The GBI is now investigating.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
and MORE:

The Worth County Grand Jury has decided not to indict Warwick Police Officer Thomas Frye, whose police dog, Sasha, died inside his police vehicle in September 2012.
The Grand Jury returned a "no bill" response after considering and voting on the indictment of Frye. The Worth County group was given the option of indicting Frye with misdemeanor cruelty to animals. Evidence in the case was presented by an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. A Grand Jury is required to return a "true bill" before prosecutors can move forward with legal action against those accused. An investigation by the GBI did reveal that the police dog died inside Frye's vehicle. Investigators believe the dog was able to open a door to the car and climb inside. Interviews with independent witnesses also revealed that the dog's ability to open vehicle doors was common to those that knew it. The Worth County Grand Jury concluded their meeting on September 4.

In Loving Memory of
August 9,2012

Handler: Officer Gabriel Rodriguez

Camden Police Department
800 Federal St.

Camden, NJ 08103

Cpl. Zsakheim James (center) is 'apprehended' by Ptl... Gabriel Rodriguez
 and his K-9 partner Serge during a demonstration in May.


The hot summer and equipment malfunctioning has sadly caused the death of another Police K-9.
This time in our area.  K-9 Serge of Camden Police handled by Officer Gabriel Rodriguez died from apparent heat exhaustion after the A/C and  heat alarm apparently failed in the Police K-9 Vehicle. 
Our hearts go out to Camden Police and especially Officer Rodriguez and his fellow handler Sgt Zack James.

City police dog found dead in cruiser

Air conditioning failed, officials say
Camden police are investigating the death of a K-9 after the dog was found unresponsive in the back of a city
 police cruiser. A preliminary investigation indicates K-9 Serge died from heat exposure after the car’s air conditioning malfunctioned, police officials said Friday. Serge’s handler, Officer Gabriel Rodriguez, found the dog in the cruiser around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson said. The temperature that day reached a high of
 92 degrees shortly before 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. “We are extremely saddened
by the sudden and unexpected death of K-9 Serge,” Thomson said in an email. “Serge was part of
 our departmental family and served our community bravely”.

Thomson added that a “comprehensive investigation is under way.” Additional details were not provided Friday, including any information on where the squad car was parked or how long the dog was in the car. Serge, a blond German shepherd, had been with the department for only a few months. The dog and Rodriguez were part of a class that graduated in May after 16 weeks of training at a facility in Egg Harbor Township. Serge was one of at least two active K-9s on Camden’s police roster.
 Cpl. Zsakheim James has been partnered with Zero for several years. At one point, Camden’s K-9 corps had 20
 dogs and trained handlers. Police had earlier told the Courier-Post the K-9 had already made an impact.

Within the first two weeks of his deployment, Serge was involved in a bank robbery investigation in Mount Ephraim, where he led police to clothing and a backpack that had apparently been ditched by the robber. Serge was scheduled to return to school, police said, this time for narcotics-detection training. In July 2009, a police K-9 also died in Mount Holly after being left in a vehicle by an officer. The dog, Patton, was supposed to be picked up by the officer’s husband, but he was delayed and the vehicle’s air conditioning cut out. The officer was accused of animal cruelty but the charge was dismissed when her husband accepted responsibility for the 5-year-old golden retriever’s death.

K-9s also have died while on duty in two South Jersey towns. In Gloucester Township, Schultz died in November 2010 when a robbery suspect allegedly threw him into traffic on Route 42. Authorities said the 3-year-old German shepherd and his handler had tracked Skyler Robinson of Washington Township to an embankment near the highway, when the incident occurred. A K-9 in Vineland was killed in October 2011 while the dog and a handler were searching for a burglary suspect before dawn. An elderly driver swerved around an officer walking along the shoulder of a road before dawn and struck the dog, Clif, on a nearby lawn. A K-9 also died June 24 in Millville, where a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois was found dead in a kennel behind an officer’s home. The cause of death in that incident is not yet known.

George Mast writes for the Courier-Post, a sister paper of the Asbury Park Press. 856-486-2465 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA


In Loving Memory of
K9  Majestic Santana
July 4th, 2012
Born- New Years Eve 1999


Handler: Technician Daryl E. Banks

United States Capitol Police
119 D. St. N.E.

Washington, D.C.  20510
ph:1 866-561-USCP
K-9 Santana, a German Shepherd Dog was born on New Years Eve 1999. Santana graduated from the
United States Capitol Police K-9 Class of 11/03. Santana trained as an Explosive Detection K-9.
Technician Banks and Santana were paired at the beginning of class, as a match made in heaven.
  Santana was extremely obedient and a very loyal partner.
Santana served a total of 7 faithful years with the department. Santana worked alongside
 her partner, Technician Banks’ countless hours of mandatory overtime during post 9/11.
One of the attached pictures was taken as Santana kept watch over our Nations Capitol
 during the blizzard of 2009. Through the dead of winter, the blistering heat of summer
 and the driving rains of spring, Santana never once complained.
Some of Technician’s Banks’ fond memories of K-9 Santana was when Santana would wait
 until a passerby was close to the window of the police cruiser and suddenly without
warning Santana would give a loud obnoxious bark.
The fellow officers would get a big chuckle out of Santana’s humor, as they all knew Santana’s
 bark was certainly more bigger than her bite. Santana was very friendly and social. Santana
specially loved children. Santana graciously participated in many career fairs with her partner
 at the local elementary school. Unfortunately, Santana was alpha female and did not care for
 her K-9 counterparts too well, but Santana certainly didn’t mind the human type. Santana
 loved attention and she was the center of attention by all who was graced with her presence.
When conducting traffic stops, Santana would fixate her eyes upon her partner and would
not put her guard down until Technician Bank’s was safely back in the cruiser. When arriving home
from a long day at work, Santana would quickly check each room to ensure the
 flock (Mr. and Mrs. Banks’ children) was accounted for. During the summer,
 Santana would watch over the children outside the swimming pool and take long naps
when off-duty. We recall many times catching Santana dreaming, as she would give
 a subtle bark as she slept soundly.
K-9 Santana retired in August 2010 after serving our Nations Capitol for 7-years. Santana
was fortunate enough to meet her brothers Aiden and Grayson. Baby Grayson graciously
referred to Santana as “Tee-Tee”. Santana loved to sunbathe and even in her retirement,
 Santana could still keep up with her new K-9 sister Whim. To see Santana in action one
 would hardly realize she was 12 years old.
After a well-deserved two-year retirement, Santana unfortunately succumbed to her fight
 with a spinal neurological disorder and fell deeply into eternal rest on Independence
 Day 2012. May our precious K-9 Majestic Santana Rest in Peace, as she will be forever
 in our hearts. We love you Tee-Tee, Tana,
Santana Banana and Pretty Girl……not necessarily in that order.
 submitted by Dana Banks

In Loving Memory of
June 1,2012

Handler: Officer Gerrit DeJong  

Visalia Police Department

303 S. Johnson Street

Visalia , Ca 93291



Visalia police dog dies

Samson, a police dog for the Visalia Police Department, died Friday, June 1,

of complications from a sudden illness, the department announced.

A Visalia police dog has died of from undisclosed medical problems. Samson, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, had been a K-9 officer with the police department since 2007. He was partnered with Officer Gerrit DeJong, living with the man and his family. Police announced in a press release that Samson died this morning from “complications associated with a sudden illness,” but didn’t specify the illness or if he had recently shown any signs of being sick. Samson’s last day on duty was May 19th. Police said Samson received several awards in canine competitions for obedience, searches and suspect apprehensions, and his on-the-job accomplishments included finding a gun used in a 2009 murder, police report.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
April 30, 2012

Handler: Officer Michael Mancini
Allentown Police Dept.
425 Hamilton St.
Allentown, PA  18101

Bone cancer claims Allentown police dog "Sem"
Allentown police dog, "Sem," was responsible for the apprehension of 23 dangerous criminals, one of whom tried to drown him in the Little Lehigh Creek. He died Monday of bone cancer at age 10.

Allentown Police Department hoped its police dog Sem would officially retire during its annual commendations ceremony on May 16, but the German Shepherd's health quickly deteriorated after being diagnosed last week bone cancer, Assistant Chief Joseph Hanna said. Sem died at 3:50 p.m. Monday at age 10. He worked for nine of those years with his handler, K-9 Officer Michael Mancini. Sem joined the department in March 2004 and went into police service after seven weeks of training, becoming one of the city's first police dogs. Hanna said Sem was responsible for the apprehension of 23 dangerous criminals, one of whom tried to drown him in the Little Lehigh Creek.

Sem and Mancini received three commendations for bravery, merit and achievement and won numerous canine competition awards throughout the state during their partnership. Sem made headlines in 2008 when he went missing for more than 12 hours after Mancini mistakenly left the city's Fountain Park believing the dog was in the police vehicle. The next day, police launched a large-scale search with a helicopter donated by a local hospital before learning from the local humane society an Emmaus woman had taken him home for the night after finding him near the park. The police department has three other police dogs trained in apprehension and drug detection and a fourth trained in bomb detection. The city fire department also has a dog trained for arson investigations.  submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
January 5, 2012

Handler: CUPD Lt. Jeff Montesano
Cornell Police Department
07 Ross Road,
Lansing, NY 14882

After years of serving the campus, a nimble member of the Cornell Police Department and Cornell’s first police dog, Sabre, died on Jan. 5. The 12-year-old dog, which suffered from a chronic infection before its death, left behind a legacy for other trained canines to come.  CUPD Lieutenant Jeff Montesano, Sabre’s handler, said that it was difficult to adjust to life without his dog companion. “Eight years and he was with me every day,” Montesano said. “When I’d go to work, he’d see me getting dressed and … get my uniform on, and he’d run and get next to the door to wait for me. He knew he was going to work.”

Sabre, a black Labrador Retriever, was rescued when he was 18 months old from the Tompkins County SPCA. Trained to detect explosives, Sabre was always active and ready to work, according to Montesano.  “He had a lot of energy, which in our world, we call a play drive. That’s what we need for this kind of work — a dog with lots of play drive, and he had it. He wanted to work. He needed a job,” he said. 
Sabre served the CUPD for eight years, keeping venues safe for Cornell students as well as dignitaries such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama and celebrities like Gwen Stefani and the Black Eyed Peas.

During his career, Sabre sniffed out and searched around many large venues in the area, including the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport and local schools.
"We were one of the only resources [with an explosive-detecting canine] around for a long time,” Montesano said. Montesano said that he had developed a special bond with Sabre, a bond he said was critical to their teamwork. “It’s a bond. It’s a trust bond, really. And you just learn your dog’s behaviors from being with them all the time,” he said. More than just a bomb-sniffing dog, the friendly Sabre was also the mascot for Cornell police.
“Sabre was a great ambassador for us. He was great for community policing. Everybody likes to pet a dog … and he was just so happy-go-lucky that he made friends with everybody,” Montesano said.
Reggie, a rescued four-year-old Labrador, is now filling Sabre’s shoes." Reggie's] doing real fine. He’s also very friendly … [He’s] your typical lab. He likes to bark a little more than Sabre did,” Montesano said.
Susan Murphy ’73, vice president for student and academic services, said she was saddened by the news of Sabre’s death. 

It was a very poignant moment when [Sabre] retired and Reggie was commissioned. I will admit, when they removed
his collar (his badge) and gave it to Reggie, there were tears in my eyes. He had served admirably in his career,” Murphy wrote in an email.  Murphy said that both Sabre and Montesano did pioneering work for Cornell.  “We were fortunate to have [Sabre] on staff,” she wrote.
A memorial will be held for Sabre in February, according to CUPD.
“It’ll be a tough day here,” Montesano said. “He was pretty special to us. He was the first canine we ever had and he’s laid the path for years to come, I hope. He was good.”
 By Jinjoo Lee   submitted by Frank Brunetti - NJ & Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA


Two-legged officers often enjoy great longevity in their careers. The canine officer’s tour of duty, while much shorter, is no less honorable. Work takes its toll more quickly on the canine half of the team, and it is a bittersweet occasion when we must separate the team in order to give the dog his well-deserved retirement.
Jeff Montesano came to Cornell Police in January of 1999. A resident of Freeville, he is a ’97 graduate of the Otsego County Law Enforcement Academy. He began the Canine Explosive Detection Team with Sabre in July of 2001 and was promoted to Sergeant in September of 2002.
Since July of 2001, Sabre and Jeff have participated in countless dignitary protection details, assisted other agencies in call-outs for explosive detection, and responded to numerous suspicious package complaints. Sabre’s skills earned him a special place among county law enforcement. He was often asked to assist in training other dogs, and could always be counted on to accurately demonstrate his skills in the toughest playing fields.
While we will miss Sabre’s presence in our offices, we know he will retire happy and healthy in the care of his handler, Sergeant Montesano. We will also continue to reap the benefits of Lt. Montesano’s skills through his participation in training new canines and handlers.
It is with great pride, and some sadness, that Cornell Police decommissioned Sabre in April of 2008 and allowed him to move gracefully into a more relaxed status.

In Loving Memory of
January 23, 2012

Handler: Officer Darren McConnell
Akron Police Department
217 South High Street
Akron, OH 44308-1693
(330) 375-2552

The Akron Police Department dealing with the loss of a beloved K9 member.

The police dog, Shane, lost her battle with cancer Monday. Shane was recently diagnosed with lymphoma cancer, a very aggressive type of cancer.
Shane was a five-year-old German Shepherd who joined the police department in December of 2008. Shane worked alongside her handler, Officer Darren McConnell.
Although her career was cut short, Shane made a huge impact helping officers bring violent criminals to justice. In her two and half year career, Shane had over 750 callouts. She is credited with 246 arrests, 127 which were felonies. Shane nabbed 14 robbers, 59 burglars and was involved in 82 drug related arrests. In all of Shane's arrests, only one person decided to take a chance and run from her. He was wanted for armed robbery. Shane made the apprehension in less than thirty yards. Shane has earned three Chief's commendations for her work on the streets and most recently placed 2nd in the "Top Dog" K9 competition held in downtown Akron's Lock 3 Park. Shane has also performed numerous K9 demonstrations for the public. Shane's skills will be greatly missed.
Officer Darren McConnell and the rest of the K9 Unit would like to sincerely thank the Copley Feed and Supply Company for their generous donation that was used to purchase Shane.

  submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA - &  1900 Akron News

In Loving Memory of
January 3, 2012


Handler: Patrolman Norm Ratterman
Marion Police Department
233 West Center Street
Marion, Ohio 43302

Marion police dog, Silver Bullet, euthanized
Department says he won't be replaced

Marion police's K-9 officer, Silver Bullet, is euthanized because of an illness. Silver Bullet joined the department in 2004 after community raised funds allowed his purchase and training. Silverline Windows played a major role in that, and he was named partially in their honor. Silver Bullet was assigned to Patrolman Norm Ratterman, and they hit the streets that same year. Silver Bullet is a decorated member of the department and received many awards at the United States Police Canine Association annual trials (competitions). He won the trials in the narcotic detection in a motor vehicle category in 2008 and in 2010.
His career highlights included finding 5 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle; tracking a burglar for more than 2 miles before finding him hiding in a tree; and finding a black duffel bag -- which contained a loaded .357 cal. revolver, 171 grams of crack cocaine and 160 grams of powder cocaine -- in a house. The street value of the drugs Silver Bullet found was approximately $39,000. The department said Ratterman and his K-9 have too many outstanding cases to list. "Silver Bullet was a tremendous asset to this community, and his contributions to our city will surely be missed," Chief Tom Bell. Silver Bullet was euthanized Tuesday, Jan. 3. The department doesn't have current plans to replace Silver Bullet because of budget restraints. 
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA