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
June 7, 2013

Handler: Deputy James Taylor 
Aiken County Sheriff’s Office
420 Hampton Ave., NE
Aiken , SC 29801

Deputy disciplined after death of police K-9 left in cruiser

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tuesday that a deputy was disciplined last year after the death of a police K-9 that had been left in a hot car. The dog, an explosives-detecting canine named Cooper, died June 7, 2013, according to Capt. Eric Abdullah, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. The weather that morning was cool and rainy when the dog’s handler, Special Operations Deputy James Taylor, brought Cooper to work with him. “The K-9 was inside the patrol car in his kennel,” Abdullah said. “The handler generally kept him in there during the day, giving him several breaks throughout the day when they’re not working or training.”

Abdullah said Taylor gave Cooper several breaks that day, but that the weather became hot and humid that afternoon. When Taylor returned to the vehicle, he found Cooper “unresponsive.” The dog was taken to a veterinarian, where he was pronounced dead. Taylor was demoted to deputy and placed on probation for six months, according to Abdullah. An officer cannot have disciplinary issues during that period, and can face further disciplinary action or termination if he does. Abdullah said Taylor did not have disciplinary issues during that period, and submitted his resignation at the end of the probation in January 2014.

The Sheriff’s Office did not notify press agencies of the dog’s death or the disciplinary action against Taylor. “We considered it to be a personnel issue at the time,” Abdullah said. “The agency took the appropriate measure to implement the disciplinary action.” No public burial was held for the K-9, as is usual practice by local police. Taylor, who worked for the Sheriff’s Office from February 2008 until January 2014, took responsibility for his actions and “took it upon himself to have a private burial,” Abdullah said. He had no previous disciplinary issues.

“This was a tragic event that occurred; one that did happen, and we took measures because it was considered a personnel issue,” Abdullah said. “We took the appropriate disciplinary action. Deputy Taylor took complete responsibility for what occurred. I know from interacting with him that he took it very hard and dealt with that situation.” Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.   submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

 September 23, 2013
Handler: Detective Gus Rodriguez
Hartford Police Department 
253 High St.
Hartford, CT  06103
This is Detective Gus Rodriguez and retired narcotics K-9,Connor. Connor was struck by a vehicle today
and succumbed to his injuries. Connor we thank you for your service and your years of dedications.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

Mt. Morris Township police

5447 Bicentennial Drive

Mt. Morris, MI 48458
Non- Emergency Phone # (810) 785-1311

Mt. Morris Township taking time to heal before bringing on new police dog

When people get scared, they call the police. When the police get scared, they call the SWAT teams. And when the SWAT teams get scared, they call in the dogs. But after years of calling in its police dog Cash for help, Mt. Morris Township has been without that resource following the dog's death in October. Eight-year-old Cash died of lung cancer after more than 6 years of service. Mt. Morris Township police Lt. Matt Lasky said the department plans to continue its K9 officer program but needs to take time to heal before bringing in a new dog.

When Cash was diagnosed, the doctors said he only had a few weeks left, but Lasky said he only lived another few days. "The vet techs at Michigan State didn't know how he was still out working, and that just shows how tough these dogs are." Lasky said. Cash was recently honored during The Hundred Club of Genesee, Shiawassee and Lapeer counties' annual Heroes' Night at the Flint Golf Club. Mt. Morris Township's Detective James Williams, Officer and Cash's handler Jeff Iski, along with the K9 officer, were the first honored for their efforts on June 12, 2012.

Lasky said officers were dispatched to a report of a home invasion and shots fired after a resident returned home to find his house broken into and a number of guns missing. The resident began questioning three suspicious men who were near the home. The men responded by opening fire on the resident. Police were called around 12:10 a.m. to the scene for three people firing shots at a vehicle at the intersection of Hobson Avenue and Hunter Road. Williams was searching the area when he saw two men in the area of Gracelawn Avenue and Doran Street. He called them over and got out of his vehicle.

That's when one of the men pulled out a gun and fired shots at the detective. The detective took cover behind his vehicle and returned fire. The two suspects fled and Iski and Cash were called in to track them. Iski and Cash soon found the suspects and two guns. A third suspect was found in a vehicle a short distance later. There were no injuries during the shootings, but Harris said Cash had a "one-on-one encounter" with two of the suspects. "We don't ever want the dogs hurt. If we know the dog is not going to win the battle, we don't use them." Lasky said. "There are a lot of people who would just get away if you didn't have a dog to lead you to where they are."
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

November 2013

Handler: Officer Mayes
Ozark Police Department
Springfield, MO

Thanksgiving turned somber for an Ozark family and the city’s police officers, who said goodbye
 to canine Officer Cezar.  “He was our second police dog for the city of Ozark, but he was the first city-owned dog,”
Officer Kevin Mayes said.
Mayes solicited donations for the Ozark Police Department to purchase Cezar in 2003. Ozark police officers,
 citizens and business owners helped raise about $13,000 for Cezar to travel from his native Czech Republic
 to Cape Girardeau, where he received further training in drug detection. “Cezar was tan but he had a beautiful,
beautiful crisp bright red on his chest,” Mayes said. “He was one the most beautiful shepherds I’ve ever seen.”
Cezar’s work ethic outweighed his good looks. The German shepherd worked in Ozark and in neighboring communities.
“(Cezar) was the first dog we actually owned,” Ozark Police Chief Lyle Hodges said. “He worked for several years
 with the department before he retired, and he went and stayed with Officer Mayes’ family.”
Ozark previously employed a dog named Pistol who worked with Lt. Susan Cole, but Cole purchased Pistol privately.
Mayes says he was grateful for all of the donations that helped bring Cezar to Ozark and into his family.
“It was an honor to have the first city-owned dog,” Mayes said.
Cezar spent a total of seven years as an Ozark police officer. He could detect methamphetamine, cocaine,
 heroin and marijuana. He was also trained to search buildings for people who were hiding from police officers.
“We did hundreds of searches,” Mayes said.

When Cezar retired, the city of Ozark signed over custody to Mayes, who now works for the Ozark
 School District as a school resource officer at the high school.
“He became a pet at that point, still a partner. We still played and we trained in different areas,” Mayes said.
“I switched him over to finding deer antlers that they shed.”
The 40-year-old father of three says Cezar settled into retirement well.
“He always did get along with (the children), but after I retired him and he kind of relaxed down,
he became even closer with them,” Mayes said.
Cezar died the day after Thanksgiving at the age of 14. Mayes initially considered laying Cezar to rest
at the family home, but the retired officer was buried in the special police dogs garden at Rivermonte
Memorial Gardens in Springfield.
“With all the man hours and training he had, with all the dope that he had found, and with all
 the cases he worked, he deserved to be in the police dog cemetery,” Mayes said.

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

December 4, 2013
Handler: Sergeant Sipel 
Fort Walton Beach Police Department
7 Hollywood Blvd NE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Police K9 struck and killed by vehicle
Please join us in honoring K9 Catty for her years of dedicated service to the Fort Walton Beach Police
 Department and the citizens it protects. During this difficult time of loss we remember her handler,
Sergeant Sipel 
and hope that our words of respect for his fallen partner offer him some support. Catty, thank you for
 all you have done to make your part of this world a better and safer place, your time here may be over,
 but we know you will still be watching over your partner and future generations of K9s to come. You are
 "Hero Catty", the time has come for you to relax and play on the other side of the
 Rainbow Bridge until it is time to rejoin your loved ones.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
November 2013
Handler: Const. Adam Janes
Windsor Police
Retired police dog Cezar dies after battle with cancer

Not even the ceiling was a safe place to hide from the fierce jaws of mighty Cezar. The retired Windsor police dog,
who sniffed out drugs, chased down bad guys and was once nearly choked to death by a car thief, has died of cancer.
 He was 9.The award-winning German shepherd proved his worth early in his career when he jumped from the
floor of a pizza place and yanked a burglary suspect out of the ceiling. The dog handler had called out to the
 suspect, warning him to give up or he’d set Cezar loose. The burglar made the wrong choice.

“Cezar ended up catching the guy as he was attempting to crawl into the ceiling,” said Const. Rob Wilson, who works
 in the canine unit with his dog Vegas. “His legs were half hanging out the ceiling, and Cezar jumped up and grabbed
on to the suspect’s leg and actually dragged him out of the ceiling.” Cezar served with Windsor police from
 Oct. 2005 to Nov. 2011 alongside Const. Adam Janes, who has since moved to the OPP. Wilson was never
 Cezar’s handler, but he still feels a close connection to the police pooch. “It was kind of sudden,” said Wilson.
 “I hadn’t heard that Cezar was diagnosed with cancer.

My first dog Quincy and Cezar started together. Usually a German shepherd can live to 12, 13, 14, 15, but
with Cezar he definitely died too soon.” Cezar, like all Windsor police canines, was a dual purpose dog.
They are trained in general purpose duties, which includes tracking and searching for people and evidence, along
 with just about anything else involving human scent. The dogs are also trained to detect narcotics, guns and
ammunition. “They’re with us 24 hours a day,” said Wilson. “They’re our partners, we work with them on the
 road for 10 hours a day.

Then when we’re not working they’re just hanging out with us and they’re a member of the family.”
Cezar made many headlines throughout his storied career, whether he was sniffing out stolen cigarettes, taking
 down copper thieves or sinking his teeth into burglars. But he’s best known as the brave dog who – after the
 police pursuit of a stolen car — chased down a suspect on foot and nearly paid for it with his life. “His claim
 to fame would be pursuit for the stolen vehicle,” said Wilson. “He tracked down those guys, and one guy ended
 up choking the dog. It was definitely a close call.”

It was Nov. 28, 2008. Officers saw a Chrysler Neon travelling erratically on Tecumseh Road East. When it cut
 across two lanes of traffic to turn onto Lauzon Road, police hit their emergency lights and the chase was on.
 When the car reached the end of the road, two people bailed out and ran into the woods. Police cordoned off
the area and called in Janes and Cezar. They tracked the car thieves about a kilometer before Janes let Cezar
off the leash. Not long after the dog took off, Janes heard a scream. When he caught up minutes later,
 Janes saw a suspect on the ground, choking the life out Cezar.

It wasn’t until police Tasered the teen that he loosened his grip on Cezar’s limp body. Janes scooped up the
dog and rushed him to a veterinarian. Two days later, Cezar was back on duty. “I know I’m biased because
I’m a dog handler, but I think they’re the most invaluable tool we have on a police service,” said Wilson.
 “He was a great dog and he definitely went before his time. He’ll be sorely missed.”
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
November 20, 2013
Handler: Officer Jeff Robinson
Ann Arbor Police Department
301 E. Huron St. #2
Ann Arbor, MI  4810

Retired Ann Arbor police dog dies after battling medical issues
Czar with his Frisbee in the Robinsons' Ann Arbor backyard in May 2012.
Czar, a veteran of the Ann Arbor police canine unit, died Wednesday.
Czar, the 12-year-old German Shepherd who was on the force's canine unit from November 2002 until July 2011,
had battled "multiple medical issues" just before his death, according to police. Czar was living in retirement at
the east side Ann Arbor home of Mike and Marion Robinson. They are the parents of Officer Jeff Robinson,
 the partner of the bomb sniffing dog who served the department for nine years. “It’s been a rough couple of days,”
 Marion Robinson said Friday. “I’ve done nothing but cry.”

The Robinsons said the outpouring of emotional following Czar's death has been overwhelming, including people
 stopping by with cards and even flowers. Czar was slightly infamous around the neighborhood, Marion said.
“Everybody loved that dog,” she said. “All the neighbors would come outside and pet him. He was the
best dog in the world, the sweetest.” Mike Robinson said Czar "gave so much" to the city, and not just in
sniffing out bombs, tracking and protecting officers on patrol. Czar would also visit schools with Jeff Robinson,
 and children recognized the dog around town for years afterward.

“This guy happened to warm the hearts of many,” Mike Robinson said. “He created a community within
 a community. That’s just astounding.” Czar had been enjoying retirement at the Robinson's until he began to
suffer from medical issues that greatly reduced his quality of life. The decision was made to put the shepherd
to sleep Wednesday. Czar was with Marion, Jeff and other family members at the very end, Marion said.
Even the director and many of the technicians at the clinic, where Czar was so popular, came in to pay their
final respects. “It was so difficult,” she added. “He was just a beautiful dog until the very end. I can still
see him walking around my house.” The Robinsons said they would like to have a remembrance ceremony
 at some point, but nothing definite is yet planned.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

July 26, 2013

Handler: Detective Greg Rodriguez
Concord Police Department
1350 Galindo Street
Concord, CA 94520
Retired Concord K-9 'Caro' Dies

The Concord Police Department sent out the following press release regarding the death of retired K-9 "Caro" last week:
 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of another one of our retired K9 partners. On July 26th,
 Detective Greg Rodriguez returned home to find that K9 'Caro' had passed away in his sleep. K9 Caro had just
 turned 14 years old. K9 Caro was born on July 22nd, 1999 in Holland. He was trained in KNPV and he achieved
 a Metloff certification. K9 Caro was then imported to the United States by Adlerhorst International and he
 was selected to be a Concord Police K9 in 2003 by our K9 Trainer, (retired) Officer Danny Moore.
 He was then partnered with Officer Rodriguez.

Over the course of K9 Caro's 6 year career, he protected our officers and citizens by apprehending A LOT of
bad guys and gals. He was also responsible for sniffing out multiple pounds of narcotics. Most importantly,
 K9 Caro and Officer Rodriguez impacted the lives of hundreds of children through their countless
appearances at local schools and events. In 2008 K9 Caro was awarded the city's 'K9 of the Year'.
 K9 Caro retired from police work in September of 2009. He enjoyed his retirement years at home with
Detective Rodriguez, his wife Kerry and their two other K9 pets, Jack and Moxy. Jack and Moxy were at
 K9 Caro's side when he passed. We thank Detective Rodriguez and K9 Caro for the service they
 provided to the citizens of Concord. We will truly miss you, Caro. You have many friends
waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. Concord Police K9 Association.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
May 2013

Handler: ?
Portsmouth Police Department
711 Crawford St.
Portsmouth, VA  23704

13-year-old K9 Cosmo, died in May after complications from a medical emergency. Cosmo served for 12 years and was
involved with many criminal apprehensions, tracks and drug detection cases. In 2006, Cosmo found and subdued a
robbery suspect who had shot at an officer. Cosmo received the Medal of Valor from the Virginia Police Working
 Dog Association while the suspect received a 40-year prison sentence. In 2010, Cosmo found and detained a
 murder suspect after he, his handler and the SWAT team pursued the suspect in a wooded area. Cosmo
 received the Award of Merit and was recognized by the German Shepherd Club of Virginia beach for his service.
 The suspect received two life sentences.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
June 27 (?), 2013

Handler: Officer Rich Hill
Livermore Police Department
1110 South Livermore Ave.
Livermore, CA  94550

Police Mourn Loss of Award Wining Police Canine
The Livermore Police Department is saddened to announce that we lost a beloved member of our team this week. K9 “Caro” went on to a better place where he is no longer in any pain. “Caro” served as a K9 for the department under his handler, Officer Rich Hill. Caro worked from January 2004 to January 2009. He had two bites, 1 on a suspect that attacked Officer Hill causing Caro to jump out of the car to protect him, and one on a PC 459 suspect found hiding in an elderly female's garage under her car. Caro was credited with 28 arrests. He was a POST certified Patrol K9 and certified through CNCA as a Narcotics Detection K9.
He won his first ever Western States Police Canine Association Narcotics Competition the same day he completed narcotics detection school. He won 14 trophies in WSPCA competitions. He took 5th place out of over 150 dogs in the WSPCA competition for the overall year of 2005 in Narcotics Detection. He also was awarded the O'Keefe Award for the best teamwork between handler and dog at the Lodi K9 competition in 2006. This was the most coveted award among all the competitors.
Caro’s health was quickly failing and he was laid to rest peacefully to ease his suffering in his old age. He will be missed. We want to thank “Caro” for his many years of dedicated service to the men and women of the Livermore Police Department and the Livermore community
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA


May 19, 2013
Handler: Sgt. Josh Bayer 
Columbia Police Department
1020 N Main St
Columbia IL 62236
Cezar, trusted police dog in Columbia, dies

Cezar never called in sick. On Thursday, the K-9 officer was working with his handler, Sgt. Josh Bayer, on a drug case. On Sunday morning, Bayer found the 9-year-old German Shepherd dead. Bayer took Cezar to the veterinarian Saturday because Cezar's appetite seemed off. His kidneys were failing, the vet told Bayer, and were only operating at 25 percent of their capacity. But Cezar could live another three years, the vet said. But Cezar didn't make it one more day. Though he was sick, Cezar never missed a day of work.

"He loved to work," Bayer said. "He knew the difference between home and work. He got really excited when I put on my uniform because he knew it was time to go." Over his eight years of service with the Columbia Police Department, Cezar and Bayer spent hours in a squad car together. They were together when a search warrant was executed by the department. Cezar and Bayer looked for senior citizens who wandered away from nursing homes together. Cezar and Bayer worked on drug cases together. They not only worked together, they lived together, eating in the same kitchen, sleeping in the same room.

That's where Bayer found him on Sunday morning -- in his usual sleeping spot beside Bayer's bed. "I am so used to him following me around at home, from room to room. He's not doing that. So, that's different," Bayer said. " ... I can't imagine what it's going to be like when I go back to work." Cezar followed his training to the end, Chief Joe Edwards said. "These dogs are trained not to show any weakness," Edwards said. "They get and go and nothing stops them. He's worked right up until the end." Cezar was born in Slovakia in 2004.

While he was undergoing training to become a police dog, Columbia schoolchildren and civic organizations raised the $15,000 for Cezar, the equipment and training. He was Columbia's first and only K-9 officer. "He was a huge part of the community," Edwards said. Cezar joined Bayer on April 6, 2005. "They were so close," Edwards said. "It was a parent-child relationship." Of Bayer, Edwards said, "He's devastated." Funeral arrangements for Cezar are pending.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

April 21, 2013

St. Clair Shores Police Department
27665 Jefferson Ave
St Clair Shores, MI 48081
K9 Officer Chase Dies Following Surgical Complications
St. Clair Shores Police K9 Officer Chase.

St. Clair Shores Police K9 Officer Chase died this past week following surgical complications, the police department released. Chase, was a 3-year-old Dutch Shepherd, who joined the force in 2011. He took the place of Ivan, who retired early in 2011. Chase was assigned to handler Officer Gerald Chomos, and lived with Chomos. "Our department cherishes our animals and considers them to be members of our police family," Deputy Chief of Police Glenn Bowlin wrote in an email announcing the passing of Chase.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

April 21, 2013
Handler: Carol Hubbard  
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Clancy, Minnesota's Mercury-Sniffing Dog, Dies
A Minnesota dog with a keen nose for sniffing out mercury has died. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says Clancy died Sunday. He was 14. Clancy was part of the agency's Mercury-Free Zone Program. When the program began, the MPCA turned to the St. Paul Police Canine Unit for help in selecting and training a dog. Carol Hubbard was Clancy's working partner and handler for the nine years that the Labrador retriever-hound mix worked at the agency. Hubbard and other officers trained Clancy to detect mercury vapor, which humans cannot see, smell or taste. Mercury poisoning can harm the body's nervous system and kidneys. Clancy and Hubbard visited 330 schools and helped remove more than 2,000 pounds of mercury. Clancy retired from service in 2008.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

February 25, 2013
Handler: Officer Bruce Fineran  
Salem Police Department
555 Liberty St. SE
Salem, OR  97301
Salem Police Canine Gino Retires
 Retired Canine Charlie Passes Away‏

The Salem Police Department is currently in the process of selecting a new canine handler and canine to replace a long-time
 handler  who retired his canine and is leaving the unit. Officer Darrell Wood, who has been a canine handler for nearly
sixteen years, retired his canine Gino in January and will be leaving the Salem Police Canine Unit to assume
duties as a senior patrol officer.
Gino worked for seven and one half years on the streets of Salem with Officer Wood, deploying 798 times and capturing
283 suspects. Gino is now eleven and a half years old and will be retiring to become a family dog with Officer Wood
and his family.

The Salem Police Department is also mourning the loss of retired canine Charlie, who retired from active service in
September of 2011. Charlie worked the streets of Salem with Officer Bruce Fineran for five years, deploying on 1518
calls for service and assisting in the arrest of 761 suspects. Since his retirement Charlie had been enjoying his
retirement with the Fineran family, but his rapidly declining health led to the very difficult decision to have him euthanized.
Charlie will be missed by the entire Salem Police family. The Salem Police Department canine unit is supported largely
through the generosity of the public.

Donations have played a very large part in our ability to maintain our canine program at the high level of proficiency
 to which our community has become accustomed. The Salem Police Department is asking for support in this very
worthwhile investment in  the safety of our community. 
 submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

Tax deductible donations can be made and further information about the Salem Police Foundation can be found on the Salem Police Foundation website at or dropped off or mailed to the Salem Police Department, 555 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR 97301. Questions can be directed to the K9 Unit supervisor, Sgt Steve Smith at

In Loving Memory of
January 4, 2013


Denton County Sheriff's Office
127 N. Woodrow Ln.
Denton, TX
Missing police K-9 mistaken for coyote, shot to death
The search is over for a missing member of the Denton County Sheriff's Office. Deputies solved the mystery Friday with a tragic discovery. "Everybody's just saddened by it," said Sheriff Will Travis, Denton County. "I called a meeting today with all 600 of our employees and filled them in on it, and everybody was very, very sad to hear the news today." Chico was Denton County's only K-9. On December 20, he escaped his handler's backyard. The newly-elected sheriff made a public plea for the missing K-9 within days after taking office. It's uncertain why no one from the previous administration asked for the public's assistance after Chico disappeared on December 20.

Turns out, the highly trained drug dog was mistaken for a coyote the following day. A homeowner who lives nearby shot and killed Chico, then buried him in a rural area on Mallard Point Drive in Wylie near where his handler lived. The man who killed Chico said he mistook the four-year-old Belgian Malinois for a predator. "He was very remorseful when he shot this dog," Sheriff Travis said. "He was getting into his livestock. Due to him running wild, he thought he was something other type of animal." When Chico escaped, he was not wearing his vest and badge. In the past, though, he had used them to make multi-million dollar drug busts.

Chico's funeral is going to be held outside the Denton County Sheriff's Office next Thursday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. It's a police funeral with full honors and a 21-gun salute. Sheriff Travis said he plans to take money from drug seizures that Chico helped find in order to buy the department another K-9 in the coming months. Chico was only four, but had been a police dog in Denton County almost his entire life. His remains are currently at a veterinary clinic where they will undergo a necropsy. But the sheriff said this appears to be a mistake, and the homeowner who shot the dog will not face charges.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA