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 6, 2013

Handler: Deputy Sheriff Jamie Roster
Flagler County Sheriff's Office

K9 officer with Flagler County Sheriff's Office dies
A K9 officer with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office died on Dec. 6. Deputies said 12-year-old Gypsy came to the
Sheriff's Office during Sheriff James L. Manfre's first term in April of 2003. Gypsy retired from active duty
 in 2009. Gypsy worked with former Deputy Sheriff Jamie Roster. Gypsy was trained to search areas and
buildings, detecting narcotics, and criminal control, according to the Sheriff's Office.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
December 20, 2013


Amravati BDDS Team

Police dog dies
On Friday, a police dog of Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad breathed his last in the afternoon. 'Guru', a part of
Amravati BDDS team, had been brought to the city for security duty at the winter session. Guru's sudden
death has shattered his handler and Amravati BDDS squad. He was laid to rest with honors at the police
headquarters in the evening. Guru was five-and-a-half-years-old and from past many years he has helped
 police detect several crimes. Some police sources claimed lack of care for Guru's health led to his death.
It is learnt that he was not given proper rest from past few days, but forced to work every day.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
August 1, 2013

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservations Commission

K9 Gus died after inhaling a foreign object into his lung while performing a track for a missing woman in
 Hillsborough River State Park. He was deployed after several previous searches failed to locate the missing woman.
 Gus' track was successful and the woman's body was in the park. However, K9 Gus inhaled an object into
his lung that lead to his death a short time later. K9 Gus had served with the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission for four years. 
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

September 11, 2013
Rio Grande City police
402 E Main St
Rio Grande City, TX 78582 
Rio Grande City K-9 killed by car while chasing female dog

Rio Grande City police are mourning the loss of one of their two K-9s. Police say Grant, a yellow Labrador, died after
 he was run over by an 18-wheeler around noon today. Apparently Grant saw a female chocolate Labrador
 across the street and chased after her. Both died on Expressway 83 in front of the Lone Star National Bank.
 Police plan to bury Grant tomorrow morning at the department's substation following a ceremony
conducted by the Rio Grande City Police Explorers. Department officials say its too soon
to say whether or not they will replace the fallen dog.

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

August 16, 2013
Handler: Officer Matt Spiegel
Menasha Police Department
430 1st Street
Menasha, WI
Menasha, Wisconsin's Police K9 Dies

Menasha Police K9 Officer Gommez, diagnosed with late stage cancer, was put down today.

The Menasha Police Department is mourning the loss of one of our own after police K-9 Gommez had to be put down.  Gommez recently showed signs that he was not well and a scan showed that he had cancer and was only expected to live a few days.  Gommez and his handler Officer Matt Spiegel spent his remaining few days at home.  Gommez was acquired by the Menasha Police Department through the efforts of a citizen driven group known as the K-9 Corps.  They successfully raised over $40,000 towards the purchase, training, and equipping of our K-9 unit. Gommez began his patrol duties on December 3, 2008 with Officer Paul Scheppf as his handler.  He quickly proved to be a valuable asset to our city.  He immediately had an impact on the number of drugs being located on traffic stops and search warrants in our city.  He was often called upon by other jurisdictions to aid in their searches as well.  Officer Scheppf left the department in March 2012.  Officer Matt Spiegel was selected to be Gommez’s new handler.  Officer Spiegel and Gommez completed the transition training and immediately went to work.  In a short time it was apparent that Gommez and Officer Spiegel had a strong bond and a great working relationship.  Gommez continued to be a highly productive K-9 Officer.  With both Scheppf and Spiegel, Gommez won a number of awards at K-9 competitions which tested both the handler’s and the K-9’s skills.  Gommez was also the star of many public appearances where he showcased his talents.  He made stops at local schools, Menasha Rotary Club, and at our Citizen’s Academy and Youth Academy.  Our hearts are heavy with the loss of K-9 Officer Gommez.  He was an asset to the community and our department and a faithful and loyal companion to his handlers.

The City of Menasha Police Department lost a member of its force Friday. Police canine Gommez was euthanized after
 being diagnosed with cancer. Officials say Gommez was in the later stages of the disease and was only expected to
live for a few days. Gommez joined the Menasha Police Department in 2008 after a community group called the
K9 Corps raised $40,000 to purchase, train and equip the department's K9 unit. Gommez was the only canine
 serving on the Menasha police force.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
May 2, 2013

Handler: Officer David Sheppard 
Adamsville Police Department
4911 Main St
Adamsville, AL 35005
Funeral held for K-9 police dog in Adamsville

A funeral was recently held for a K-9 officer in the Adamsville Police Department that passed away on Thursday morning. Around 40 people turned out to honor the dog that was known as Gunnar and was considered more than just an asset to the police department. "Basically he gave me an upper hand," said Patrol Officer David Sheppard, who was Gunnar's handler. "He loved to work. He made my day more enjoyable, more enlightened. I don't have the words to express it." Gunnar was a detection dog that worked many drug busts during his eight month presence in the Adamsville Police Department.

He recently suffered from an intestinal rupture and was rushed to have emergency surgery before he passed away at 6 p.m. on Thursday. He was around two years old. As is tradition with other K-9 officers, Gunnar was given a formal funeral at 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. Police officers, city workers and others made a procession from the department to Adams Park on Dogwood Road where he was buried in a strip of green land across the baseball field. "He was the best dog," said Adamsville Mayor Pam Palmer, who was present for the funeral. "He was in a lot of busts. They're not done without dogs. They're like family and when they pass they need respect and a funeral."

The emotional scene had police officers, fire fighters, city officials and citizens shedding tears. Balloons were released in memory of Gunnar, who was one of two dogs in the Adamsville Police Department. "They're working dogs but they become part of the family," said Officer Daryl Baily, who handles Nova, currently the only remaining K-9 officer at the department. "If you feed them, take care of them, they become like children." K-9 officers live with their handlers. A bond was formed between Gunnar and Sheppard, who was given a folded American flag as is done in ceremonies honoring fallen police officers.

"I was learning as much as he was," said Sheppard, who has been with the Adamsville police since 2009. "I knew was he was thinking and he knew what I was thinking." Letting go was not easy for anybody in the department. Having Gunnar helped shape his character as a policeman, Sheppard said. "I didn't make him," said Sheppard. "He made me. He made me a better officer and everything he did, he did on his own." Mayor Palmer said that Nova and Gunnar were well known throughout Adamsville, being present at many events and said to be good with children. Palmer also said that a headstone will be ordered and set up in a month with a ceremony to follow.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA