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 24, 2014
Handler: Officer Steve Escobar 
Alexandria Police Department
3600 Wheeler Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
Police Dog Loses Battle With Cancer

For half a decade, Gracie protected Alexandria as the police department's first female police dog -- and was eager to
continue work even after a diagnosis of kidney cancer.
But the 8-year-old German shepherd known as "Amazing Gracie" lost
her fight Wednesday. Many people had been touched by Gracie's spirit, including a local artist who painted two special
 tributes to the dog. "It just broke my heart that Gracie is that vital, and wants to keep working, yet she's got that
 diagnosis of cancer," said Jason Swain, of Montgomery County, earlier this year.


Swain painted Gracie in two poses. In both, Gracie's ears are up and alert, eyes bright and tongue out -- eager for an
 assignment. He presented his work to Gracie and her human partner, Steve Escobar, in March. Escobar loved the work
that went into the painting, and said Gracie seemed to like the attention. "I appreciate everybody," said Escobar.
 "All the outpouring from the community -- everybody's been calling, leaving messages." Gracie's work included patrol duty
 and bomb-sniffing assignments. Among her final tasks, she trained a younger K-9 to do her work.


But Escobar said no one will replace Gracie. "We love our dogs," he told News4 earlier this year. "We take them home with us.
 They are part of the family."
Gracie was first diagnosed with cancer in November 2013. She persevered and continued
to work until the very end with her partner, Officer Steve Escobar. Over the course of 2014, Gracie was featured
 in several NBC Washington stories about her fighting spirit
.   submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
December 2014

Handler: ?

North Port Police Department

4980 City Hall Boulevard
North Port, FL 34286

Police say goodbye to beloved K-9

Hundreds came out Friday to say goodbye to K-9 officer Geno. The 11-year-old Belgian Malinois passed away earlier this week.
 K-9 officers and their four-legged companions from area law enforcement agencies come out, as did city leaders and staff
from the
North Port Police Department. Geno is credited with a number of large drug busts, and of helping to save the
life of one accident victim. Friday's ceremony included bag pipes and speeches about how much Geno meant to the department.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA


In Loving Memory of
October 15, 2014

Handler: Officer Nate Lather 
Greenville Police Department
500 S Greene St
Greenville, NC 27834
K-9 police dog dies of cancer
A Greenville K-9 police dog has died of cancer. The Greenville Police Department announced Wednesday that "Gidion" had
 passed away. Gidion was recently experiencing health issues and went to N.C. State for testing. But on Tuesday, police
were told that the dog had cancer throughout his body. Police said surgery was not an option to cure him or lessen his pain.
 Gidion was the K-9 partner of Officer Nate Lather. They were a "dynamic duo," said Greenville Police. "Words cannot
 describe the great love and bond our handlers form with their K-9 partners. During their time together, they have
apprehended 26 criminals and are responsible for the recovery of large quantities of narcotics.
 K-9 Gidion will be greatly missed
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
June 14, 2014

Handler: Ofc.Nathan Smith 
Greenville Police Department
4 McGee St.
Greenville, SC

Police dog dies following accident

 Greenville police dog died Saturday after he was struck by a car, authorities said. The dog, named Gio, was hit
 by the vehicle near Woodruff and Scuffletown roads around 1 p.m. The dog, who was not on duty at the time,
jumped from a vehicle into the roadway and was struck. The Greenville Police Department said the dog
 assisted in many arrests and completed several successful tracks during his time with the department.
 A remembrance service for the dog has yet to be scheduled. 
Memorial service planned for K9 Gio - June 17, 2014  South Carolina
Greenville police will hold a memorial service for a K9 officer that was hit and killed by a car on Saturday. K9 Gio was off
duty when he jumped out of the vehicle he rode in and was hit by a passing car along Woodruff and Scuffletown roads,
 dying from his injuries. Gio was a valued member of the department, who recentl
y made the news when he caught
an inmate escapee in March. The department will hold the service at 10 a.m. on Friday in front of the law
enforcement center in downtown Greenville. They are asking people to donate to the
Greenville Police K9 Fund
 lieu of flowers. The canine officer assisted in many arrests during his time with the department and completed
several successful tracks.
K9 officer remembered at memorial service-June 21, 2014
The Greenville Police Department said goodbye to one its four-legged officers Friday. K9 officer Gio was killed in an
off-duty accident June 14. Police said the German shepherd jumped out of an officer's personal vehicle and was
hit by a passing car along Woodruff and Scuffletown roads. The dog died from his injuries. On Friday morning,
 Greenville police officers, county deputies and visiting law enforcement officers and K9 teams from other
 state agencies gathered outside the Greenville County Law Enforcement Center to pay tribute to Gio and offer condolences
 to his trainer and partner, Officer Nathan Smith. 
Interim Chief Mike Gambrell and others spoke about Gio's service
and Smith's loss. "(Gio) was (Smith's) partner and he lost his partner as a result of this accident," Gambrell said.
 "It was (Smith) who had to pick up Gio from the roadway and take him to the truck, and you know this was a
 heart-breaking situation, and it's just like a fallen officer here at the police department." Fellow officer Mike Austin
 remarked shared a lesson from the department's canine training school. "Usually a good dog is just that because
 he has a decent handler," he said. "But with a good dog and a great handler you have an awesome team, and that's
what we had out of Gio and Nathan. "
After the speakers finished, the police department color guard gave the
 small wooden box containing Gio's ashes a final salute and department officials presented Smith with a framed photo
 of Gio and a mold of the fallen dog's paw print. Gambrell said the department has plans to grow the canine
 program and will soon add two new K9 officers. 
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

April 1, 2000 - May 17, 2014
Handler: Deputy Tom Draze  
Menominee County Sheriff's Department
831  10th Ave.
Menominee, MI  49858
Retired police drug dog dies

 K9 Grace, retired drug dog that spent years with the Menominee County Sheriff's Department has died of natural causes,
 according to a press release from Sheriff Kenny Marks. Retired K9 Grace died Saturday May 17, 2014 at her
handler's farm in Northern Menominee County. She died at age 14. Grace was a pure bred Belgian Malinois born on
April 1, 2000; given the name of "Amazing Grace." She went into service as a multi-purpose drug detection canine,
 teamed with Deputy Tom Draze as her handler. in January 2002, under Sheriff Edward Powell Jr., Grace and her
 handler were awarded a Drug Buster Medal and Citation in 2004, as a result of several large narcotic cases
 and marijuana busts.

In May 2013, Grace was retired after 11.5 years of patrolling with Deputy Draze throughout Menominee County.
 "During the past year, she spent her time on Tom's farm in retirement mode, appropriate for a working canine,"
 Marks said. K9 Grace participated in some of the largest drug busts in Menominee County during her years of service.
 One of the largest busts occurred on April 7, 2004. Seized were 89 half-pound packages of marijuana, 103
 marijuana plants, $16,014 in cash forfeiture, three vehicles and eight guns. "She became a household name
 as she served in the county's schools and she was regularly used in demonstrations throughout Menominee County.
We listened to her barking every time Deputy Draze talked on his radio in his patrol vehicle," said Marks. "K9 Grace
will be remembered for her ability to connect with the public. She liked people and she will be greatly missed."
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

January 27, 2014
Handler: Officer Nick Bridges
Chillicothe Police Department
823 N 2nd St.
Chillicothe, IL 61523
Police dog put to sleep
Chillicothe's second K-9 dog, Gosh, was put down today after a few months of deteriorating health. Chillicothe Police Chief
 Scott Mettille said after the Chillicothe City Council meeting Monday night that veterinarians had not been able to figure out
what was plaguing the 8-year-old German Shepherd. He had been in Chillicothe's service for about three-and-one-half
years. After consulting with Gosh's trainer and his health taking a turn for the worse over the weekend, his handler,
Nick Bridges, made the difficult decision to put the dog to sleep with the chief's support. The only other option,
 Mettille said, was exploratory surgery.
Gosh hailed from Belgium and was Bridges' first K-9 dog. Growing up around German Shepherds, Bridges told the
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin after Gosh arrived in September 2010 he wanted to become a policeman so that he could
be a K-9 handler. Gosh not only could detect narcotics but also could be used for tracking. Almost a year later,
Bridges and Gosh traveled to New York City to compete in. K-9 Gosh was entered in the World Police and Fire Games
 in the narcotic portion of the games, which involved building, luggage and vehicle searches.
"What I like about Gosh is that he has that perfect temperament," Bridges said at the time, noting that Gosh not
 only does his job, but is easy-going around children or other civilians. The games pitted the dogs and their
handlers against others based upon the time it took to find the narcotics. Gosh and other dogs faced hard
competition when it came to the customs dogs, especially when Gosh's normal duties did not include
searching luggage. That was something he and Bridges practiced before the games. Gosh did not place at the
games based on the times, however, he found all the narcotics, Bridges said. The department's first K-9, Konan,
 began with Officer Brent Cranford, who left the department for the U.S. Marshal Service and finished his duty
with Sgt. Rich Mark. Konan, then 10 years old, died in July 2010, working up until his death of old age.
 Public Safety Committee Chairman Mike Hughes said at the council meeting that he expected to bring to
 the council a request for another K-9 dog.
 submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

January 25, 2014

Handler: ?
Essex Police
Police dog dies suddenly on duty
A police dog died suddenly yesterday during routine exercises. Gunner, a five-year-old German Shepherd, was starting his
 evening shift at Stanway on Saturday January 25. He was carrying out basic fetch and return exercises and was carrying
a ball back to his handler when he collapsed. He was immediately taken to a veterinarian in Colchester for
 treatment but was subsequently confirmed to have died. Chief Inspector Tom Simons, of Essex Police, said:
"This is a very sad occasion. “The bond between our handlers and their dogs is very strong and the officer involved
 is very upset at the loss. While they are working dogs, these animals also become a close and important member
of each police officer's family. "All the initial indications are that Gunner died of natural causes but a review
into the circumstances of his death will be carried out."
 submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

January 22, 2014
Handler: Deputy Chris Fleming
 North Carolina
Police dog killed, deputy wounded in Davie County

Nicholas Tilley killed a K9 following a two-hour standoff in Mocksville.

Authorities say a 19-year-old man killed a police dog during a two-hour standoff Wednesday in Davie County. Investigators
 said the standoff began Wednesday afternoon, when a deputy went to arrest Nicholas Tilley in Mocksville. Tilley was
 wanted on charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and burglary charges in connection
with a reported home invasion. Deputies said Tilley took a child hostage Wednesday around 4 p.m. and drove to a
mobile home, where he took a second child hostage. Authorities said after Tilley released his hostages,
 a police dog and its handler, deputy Chris Fleming, went inside.

Tilley then started firing, hitting the dog several times. Tilley fired three shots, Sheriff Andy Stokes said
Thursday, and then the sheriff returned two shots down a hallway for cover. Stokes fired one more shot through
 a glass window, which hit Flemming in his shoulder. Investigators said Fleming is expected to recover, but the dog,
 Russian Shepherd named "Gorky," died several hours after being shot. Tilley, 19, surrendered a few hours later.
 He is charged with attempted first-degree murder on a law enforcement officer and killing an animal officer.
 Tilley is being held under a $1.8 million bond.


Loyal To The End
Memorial Service Held For Slain K9 ‘Gorky’

Reserve Officers Charles Childress and Zach Chapple escort Gorky’s remains into the service, followed by Cpl. Chris Fleming.  Flowers and an American flag flown over the US Capitol and presented by Rep. Virginia Foxx accompany Gorky’s remains.  Cpl. Chris Fleming talks about his law enforcement partner and best friend, Gorky.
Reserve Officers Charles Childress and Zach Chapple escort Gorky’s remains into the service, followed by Cpl. Chris Fleming. 
Flowers and an American flag flown over the US Capitol and presented by Rep. Virginia Foxx accompany Gorky’s remains.

A line of law enforcement vehicles drove slowly from Downtown Mocksville to Davie High School Sunday afternoon. Led by Sheriff
 Andy Stokes, and with a white hearse in the middle - they passed underneath a huge American flag draped over US 601
South by volunteer firefighters. Firefighters and law enforcement at intersections saluted.
  Once in the high school parking
lot, those in the procession could hear dogs - lots of dogs - special dogs. It was a memorial service for Gorky - the
Davie County Sheriff’s Department K9 officer killed in the line of duty. K9s and their handlers from more than 17 departments were there to show their respect.


They came from as far as New Bern and Henry County, Va. “It is simply beyond words for us to be able to express our
appreciation and support,” Stokes said. He went through the seconds of the incident in which Gorky was shot. Gorky did
what he was trained to do. He saved the lives of sheriff’s officers. Mortally wounded with a shotgun blast to his front,
 he went to his officer and best friend - Sheriff’s Cpl. Chris Fleming - himself wounded by gunfire from the suspect
and the sheriff. “They bled together,” the sheriff said. Gorky died later that night at an animal hospital.


“Dogs have been called man’s best friend. Gorky was Davie County’s best friend ... and a critical part of the sheriff’s
 department.” K9 officers volunteer for the job - a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week job - knowing that in times of
 extreme danger such as the one on Jan. 22 - they are the first to face the danger. “To Gorky, rest in peace. Had
it not been for you, we would be holding a service for an officer - not a K9. Job well done, Gorky. Job well done.”
Stokes said. “To Cpl. Fleming, job well done.” Stokes went on to thank the numerous individuals and businesses in
Davie County who have shown support. It boosted his and his officers’ morale.


David Prevette, a retired Iredell Sheriff’s officer who helps certify dogs for police duty, knew Fleming and Gorky well.
 He presented a plaque to Fleming from the N.C. Police Dog Association. In the early 1990s, one in 5,000 officers
were killed in the line of duty. It was one in five K9s. In 2007, one in 1,200 officers were killed. It was one in 100 K9s.

“They are the first to go in,” Prevette said. “They are involved in more armed conflicts than most SWAT teams.” For
the dogs, working is fun. Gorky loved to work, Fleming said. Sometimes he would turn in circles on the way to the patrol
 car, excited to go to work. “The more time you spend with these dogs, they become part of your family.


Gorky and I became a team. I understood Gorky and Gorky understood me,” Fleming said. “He was always excited to go
 to work.” Gorky, he said, was a bad guy’s worst enemy. Yet he was gentle enough that Fleming could take him to
 elementary schools to be around young children and educate them about his work. “If not for Gorky, the funeral today
 would be for me. Most will never understand the bond we had. Gorky was like a best friend to me,” Fleming said.
“Gorky was a warrior and he went out as one. He was loyal to the end.”

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA