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
November 17, 2014
Handler: Officer Clint Earls  
Brookhaven Police Department
215 Justice St.
Brookhaven, MS 39601

K9 Ike euthanized due to cancer

A member of the Brookhaven Police Department who joined the department in 2007 and worked along side of his handler,
 Officer Clint Earls had to be euthanized. Ike had collapsed and was taken to Brookhaven Veterinary Hospital to see
Dr. Bob Watson. Dr. Watson reported the the cancer was interfering with his central nervous system or spine
 which was preventing him from getting up.
 submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
October 24, 2014

Handler: Officer Dan Ellis 
Palm Bay Police Department
130 Malabar Rd. SE
Palm Bay, FL  32907

Idol, 6-year-old police dog, dies from terminal cancer

Idol, a 6-year-old German Shepherd who served the Palm Bay Police Department since 2010 with his partner,
 Officer Dan Ellis, died Friday after being diagnosed with cancer two weeks ago.

The Palm Bay Police Department is mourning the loss of one of its members. Idol, a 6-year-old German Shepherd who
 served the department since 2010 with his partner Officer Dan Ellis, died Friday after being diagnosed with cancer
 two weeks ago. "Idol was an excellent police dog, and serving with Dan, was responsible for capturing numerous
felons and for locating drugs countless times," said Capt. Diana Blackledge. "He was a beloved member of our pack
and earned his place as our brother in law enforcement." Idol underwent life-threatening surgery earlier this year
 and was able to return to duties. But two weeks ago, he was diagnosed with an aggressive and terminal cancer. "Dan,
his family, the K9 handlers and the officers who worked with Idol are experiencing a great loss," Blackledge said.
 "Let's remember Idol for the sweet dog he was to us and for the tough dog he was when defending us."
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
October 3, 2014

Handler: Officer Terry Dolquist 
New Castle Police Department
303 E North St
New Castle, PA 16101
Former city K-9 officer mourned
Former New Castle K-9 officer Indy had his likeness place on this baseball card-like handout during his years of active service. Indy, who was retired in 2008 when his partner was deployed to Iraq, died earlier this month at the age of 13. 

Anthony “Bo” DeCarbo jokes that his Italian ancestors would be appalled by his German fluency. For the past six years,
DeCarbo let his language skills go to the dogs. Specifically, to one Hungarian shepherd named Indy,
 who died Oct. 3.
A retired K-9 police officer, Indy was trained to take his commands in German. “My German was better than my Italian,”
said DeCarbo who became Indy’s “partner” when his son-in-law, Terry Dolquist, was deployed to Iraq in 2008. An officer
 with the New Castle Police Department, Dolquist had been Indy’s partner for four years at the time of his deployment.
While Dolquist was serving with the Army National Guard, Indy was retired.  “When they decided
to retire the dog, I asked Terry what would happen to him and he said they’d probably give him to someone.


So I called (former New Castle police chief) Tom Sansone and asked if I could have him,” DeCarbo recalled. “We had to
 go by the book and go before city council, but my wife and I were the grandparents, so to speak. “Within days, he
 adjusted and was part of the family,” he continued, adding that Indy’s addition to the household came at a
 good time as he provided companionship for DeCarbo’s wife, Sandy, who had just been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.
“And, he was good for me, keeping me in shape because we’d walk for 45 minutes or an hour every morning at 5:30,”
 noted DeCarbo who retired four years ago from his job as a dispatcher with the state police. While DeCarbo may
have been getting a workout, Dolquist noticed his former partner had gotten a little soft when he returned home a year later.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
July 1, 2014

Handler: Officer PO John Maguire 
Newburgh Police Department
55 Broadway
Newburgh, NY 12550-5698
Newburgh K9 Ibor dies

City of Newburgh police department K9 Ibor died Tuesday. Ibor passed from a “sudden and unforeseen illness,”
 according to a press released issued by the city. Born in February 2005, Ibor was named after the late William Robinson,
 a city officer shot and killed in November 1973. “He was an exceptional police dog who worked tirelessly with his handler,
 Officer John Maguire, for seven admirable years,” Chief Mike Ferrara said. In April 2010 Ibor helped Town of
Newburgh police nab a purse-snatcher trying to hide underwater in a swamp, and the following month he tracked
a man accused of holding a taxicab driver at knifepoint through the property of Gidney Avenue School and
North Junior High. In October 2011 Ibor searched a backyard and found a handgun tossed by a suspect now
 facing federal murder and weapons charges, and in November 2012 he found 41 grams of cocaine and
13 grams of heroin hidden near the gas tank area of a car stopped by state police.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
April 9, 2014

Handler: Jesse Dorantes 
AZ Department of Corrections
AZ 86001
Department of Corrections: K-9 died after being left in vehicle for 7 hours
An Arizona Department of Corrections service dog that died been left in its handler's vehicle for approximately seven hours, according to an investigative report. Ike was found dead in the back of Jesse Dorantes' assigned SUV, which was left parked and unattended at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis in Buckeye after he left work early to be with his sick child. Dorantes left Ike in the back of the SUV while cleaning out his kennel but forgot the Belgian Malinois was in there when he went home in his personal vehicle, according to the department's criminal investigative report.
Later that day, Dorantes contacted a sergeant and asked him to check on Ike to see if he was safe and to make sure he had put the dog back into his kennel. The sergeant found the K-9 dead in the locked cage inside the SUV. The vehicle's windows were rolled up and there was no food or water. The 7-year-old dog was inside the SUV from 6:45 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. during which time the outside temperature reached approximately 98 degrees, according to the report. An autopsy revealed Ike's internal temperature was 110 degrees and that he died of organ failure. Dorantes told investigators that it was a mistake and that he had forgotten about Ike. "Clearly the officer is very remorseful about this terrible situation," said Department of Corrections spokesman Doug Nick. "When something like this occurs, it's just a reminder to everybody, tragically so, that you need to be very mindful of what your job is."
Dorantes had been Ike's handler for the past four years. After Durantes found out his K-9 partner had died, he started crying, saying it was a mistake, that he just forgot about Ike. "These canines are very important animals to the operation of our department," said Nick. "Officers bond with these animals. As you can imagine, when something like this occurs, it's a tragic situation." The investigation concluded that Durantes was "reckless" in this situation. Durantes says he is very remorseful about what happened and takes full responsibility.
A necropsy determined that the cause of death was cardiac, pulmonary and major organ failures caused by hyperthermia (elevated body temperature). The Arizona Department of Corrections is recommending that Dorantes be charged with cruelty to animals. The investigative report has been submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for review. Whether or not he will be charged with animal cruelty is now up to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.
update:  No charges to be filed in prison dog's death
5/28/14   Arizona
Prosecutors declined to file animal cruelty charges against the handler of an Arizona Department of Corrections service dog that
died after being left in a vehicle for seven hours. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says Wednesday that
prosecutors who reviewed the case concluded there wasn't a reasonable likelihood of winning a conviction.
The dog named Ike died April 9 at the state prison in Buckeye. Prison officials say the 7-year-old dog was
found dead in the back of the handler's SUV that was left unattended after he left work early to attend to
 his sick child.
The dog was inside the vehicle for a seven-hour period during reach the temperature
 outside reached  98 degrees.

The Department of Corrections used dogs for various reasons, including tracking escapees and sniffing out contraband.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
May 3, 2014

Worcester County Sheriff's Office
1 W Market St
Snow Hill, MD 21863
K-9 Ike dies in the line of duty

The Worcester County Sheriff's Office says a K-9 has died in the line of duty. A spokesman for the sheriff's office said the dog, named Ike, was hit by a car Saturday in the area of Race Track Road and Route 50 in Berlin. The Sheriff's Office spokesman, Lt. Edward Schreier, said that the dog's handler had pulled over a vehicle and left the dog in the parked police car. Schreier said the dog became "alerted" to something outside the car and jumped out of the window and into traffic. A motorist tried to avoid the collision but hit the dog. Ike had been with the department for three years. The sheriff's office said he was responsible for numerous apprehensions and drug seizures. submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
January 18, 2014

Handler: Officer Labbe
Hartford Police Department
50 Jennings Rd.
Hartford, CT 06120

Hartford Police Mourn K9 Ike
Hartford Police K-9 Ike passed away last night. Ike worked with the Hartford police for over 6 years!
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA