In Loving Memory of
Handler: PC Jon Kelly
Lancashire Police Department
Police dog forced into retirement by pit-bull, attacks handler
The town center neighborhood officer needed hospital treatment as a result of the incident, which happened in Chorley. The dog, a Belgian shepherd called Max, which was forced into retirement just last month after he was mauled by a pit bull terrier while in the line of duty, has been put down. It is understood the officer, who has not been named by Lancashire police, required surgery. Max, who was seven, could no longer work as a police dog after he was set upon by the pit bull as he was helping to catch two burglars just weeks ago. He was bitten in the neck and leg. The dog and his handler PC Jon Kelly were investigating a reported break-in in Preston in April.
While they were searching for the offenders, a loose pit bull attacked, leaving Max, who spent most of his career working on the Fylde coast, with serious injuries. He needed emergency surgery but was unable to continue working. PC Kelly, based in Preston, said at the time: “Max was simply doing his job and without any reservation. “If he had not been present, “I would have sustained life-changing injuries should the vicious pit bull have attacked me instead. “He was a dream to work with as he was a natural police dog. “His work ethic was second to none.” The pit bull was destroyed at the scene after officers managed to pull it away from Max.
Max assisted in a wide range of operations across Blackpool and the Fylde, as well as in Lancaster and Morecambe, including EDL marches and hunts for suspects who had gone on the run. He joined the police in 2009, after arriving from Belgium when he was 12-months-old. A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “We can confirm that an off-duty police officer was bitten by a retired police dog in their care. “The dog had been adopted as a family pet. “The incident happened at their home address in Chorley on Thursday, June 5.” They added: “The officer required hospital treatment for an injury to the face and is currently off work. “The dog, a Belgian shepherd, has now been destroyed.” submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
In Loving Memory of
April 16, 2014
Handler: Officer Jeff Dorn
Portland Police Department
1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
K-9 Dog Mick Killed, Canine Officer Jeff Dorn Wounded In Gunfight
Suspect caught after intense search
A Portland police officer was wounded, his K-9 partner killed and three suspects captured after a shooting in Southwest Portland early Wednesday morning. The gunman fled after the shooting and an intense manhunt followed that stretched from Capitol Highway and Southwest 41st Avenue to the 6900 block of Oleson Road. The shooting suspect was eventually captured about three hours later. The officer's injuries were not life-threatening, according to Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. The suspect was also hurt, but investigators haven't said whether his injuries were from a car crash or the police shooting. His injuries were not life-threatening either, Simpson said.
Police identified the officer as Jeff Dorn, a 16-year veteran who was wounded in both legs, and the dog as Mick, who joined the K-9 unit recently after completing training for state certification. Witnesses reported hearing seven or eight shots." Mick saved my life," a police statement quoted Dorn as saying. He didn't elaborate. The dog is one of more than about 100 in Oregon, trained to bond with their handlers, said an official of the Oregon Police Canine Association, Sgt. Rhonda Sandoval of McMinnville. "They become part of our lives and our families," she said.
Portland Police Chief Mike Reese said the investigation began with a burglary at Blumenthal Uniforms, a store that sells police equipment including tasers, pepper spray, body armor and clubs. Officers saw three suspects come out of the store and get into a white SUV, Reese said. The officers chased the SUV, which eventually crashed. Two suspects were taken into custody but the third man tried to run away, Reese said. An officer released his K-9 partner to chase him down. Shortly after that, the suspect and the officers exchanged gunfire, Reese said the suspect fled into a neighborhood, armed with an AR-15 rifle.
Police cordoned off Capitol Highway from Primrose Street to 41st Avenue during the manhunt. An emergency phone system warned people living in the area to lock their doors and stay inside. Neighbor David Bell told KGW he confronted the suspect after he was awakened by his barking dog in the garage. He lives about a mile-and-half from the shooting location but had not heard the police warning. Bell said he walked out on his deck and saw the suspect running away. He raced after the suspect, who pointed a rifle in his face and said he did not want to shoot, but would if he had to.
Bell said he had already called police and the next move was up to suspect. The suspect, who Bell said was bloodied and acting strange, ambled off. The shooting suspect was eventually found and captured around 6 a.m. He did not have a weapon with him when he was arrested, but police said a rifle matching the description was found nearby. Several hours after that arrest, officers found the K-9 dead under a hedge in the neighborhood near where the shooting took place. Reese credited community members who called 911 and "damn fine police work" for catching the gunman. “We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers for our officers,” Reese said. “You never know where an incident like this can turn life-threatening. Makes me focus on what’s most important and the life and death decisions that our officers have to make.” Portland police held a processional for the fallen K-9 from the shooting scene to a Southeast Portland veterinarian around 11:15 a.m. submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Rest in peace K-9 MICK of Portland, Oregon Story is linked in the members forum. His handler will be ok following shooting by suspect. http://www.gcpk9a.com/
In Loving Memory of
K9 MAROS & Officer Jason Crisp
March 12, 2014
Handler - Officer Jason Crisp
U.S. Forestry Service, NC
Officer Jason Crisp, 38, and his K9 partner Maros were killed on 3/12/14. The incident started to unfold when police went to a home on 5500 block of Fish Hatchery Road around 8:45 a.m. for a welfare check because co-workers had not seen the lady and friends told police they hadn’t seen the couple for six days. When they entered they found husband and wife, Levi and Rhonda Whisnant shot dead. Police said they were dead for at least a day. Following the welfare check, the sheriff’s office named 38-year-old Troy David Whisnant, the son of the couple, as a person of interest. Whisnant was not at his parents’ home when investigators arrived, but the discovery of the homicides of his father and step mother was just beginning of wild series incidents in the search for the suspect. Police say he broke into a neighbor’s shed, stole weapons and stole a vehicle. Authorities discovered that the door of a neighboring house near the homicide had been kicked in. After searching the home, deputies discovered five firearms – a .22 revolver, .22 rifle, 12-guage pump shotgun, single-shot 12-guage and a .50 caliber muzzle load – were missing. A .32 pistol was taken from the outbuilding. Whisnant wrecked that vehicle and fled the scene, then stealing a second car. When police spotted him driving, Whisnant abandoned the second stolen car and ran into the woods. The suspect came across a U.S. Forestry Service officer Crisp as he ran and shot and killed the officer and his K9 Maros at 2:55 p.m. in an ambush with a 12-gauge shotgun. After killing his third victim Whisnant stole the officer’s .45-caliber pistol and magazine and fled again. The manhunt concluded when an Avery County deputy and two troopers with North Carolina Highway Patrol found Whisnant. They exchanged gunfire. At least one bullet struck and killed Whisnant at 4:45p.m. During the violent confrontation Whisnant shot himself in the head. He was also struck by one of the officer's bullets. Around 120 to 150 officers from the BCSO, McDowell, Avery and Caldwell County sheriff’s offices, as well as the FBI, SBI, Beach Mountain Police, Morganton Department of Public Safety, Avery County Sheriff’s Office, Caldwell County, State Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service assisted in the manhunt. Officer Jason Crisp worked for the U.S. Forestry Service for ten years and previously served as a McDowell County Sheriff deputy. Officer Crisp's dog Maros was hurt last fall while chasing a bad guy and had broken his leg and had just returned to service a couple weeks ago. K9 Maros was cremated and placed in the casket with Officer Crisp to be buried together. Surviving are his wife of 18 years, Amanda Dicks Crisp and two sons, Garett, 16, and Logan, 5.
Memorials, to benefit their children, may be made to Amanda Crisp at the
State Employees Credit Union, PO Box 8, Marion, NC 28752.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
March 18, 2014
Columbia Borough Police Department
308 Locust St.
Columbia, PA 17512
PH: 717 684-7735
Columbia Borough Police
Department's former K-9 officer,
Max, died on Tuesday, March
18,at age 9, said Connie Beury,
chairwoman of the Columbia K-9 Campaign.
retired at age 9 in January.
Moving tributes to
appeared on several Facebook
pages this week, including
Sylvia's Northeast Canine and
Southern Regional Police
Department of Lancaster County.
A letter attributed to Max's
handler, Officer Ed Mann, also
appeared on the SRPD page. It
stated, in part,
"It is with grieving hearts that we announce the passing of Police K9 Max.
"On March 18, 2014 he was
laid to rest before the spread
of cancer could cause him a
single moment of undue pain."
Mann declined further comment.
The death of Max seems to lay to
rest the flurry of contention
surrounding the Columbia K-9
Since December, when Max's retirement was announced, the police
department, borough council and
the K-9 Campaign have
about the program.
For 16 years the K-9 Campaign, a
nonprofit group, has raised
money to support the K-9 program
The group's most recent donation
to the police department,
$7,175, was a deposit for a new
and for the training necessary
for both the dog and the
handler. A new dog was
chosen, in January
but the handler, Officer Brent Keyser, chose to leave the training program
after a week.
"At this time we do not have an officer who has indicated a desire to take
on the K9 duties,"
Mayor Leo Lutz wrote in an
email. Police Chief Jack
Brommer wrote in an email that
program is now suspended. Based on the Facebook comments, and
hundreds of "likes" and "shares"
the photos and tributes
received, Max would have been a
tough act to follow. "He will
considered a "hero"
to all the members of the
Columbia K-9 Campaign," Beury
Columbia police dog Max dies at
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir.
In Loving Memory
March 18, 2014
Officer Shan Hanon
505 Grand Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225
Bellingham police dog loses
battle to cancer -
Max, a 5-year-old German shepherd that had been with the
Bellingham Police Department since September 2011,
died from cancer
Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
The Bellingham Police Department has lost a member
of its four-legged family, as one of its police dogs died from cancer
Tuesday, March 18. Max, a 5-year-old German shepherd, had been with the
department since September 2011, helping track and apprehend criminals
and detect drugs. Max's handler, Officer Shan Hanon, discovered lumps on
the dog earlier this year and took him to the veterinarian, who
confirmed that the dog had an aggressive form of lymphoma, Lt. Bob
Vander Yacht said. Max died within a month of detection.
The dog's sudden death is a loss for the
department and for Max's handler. "They get really close with the dogs,"
Vander Yacht said. "The dogs live at their homes and they're integrated
into their families. It's a big loss." The department has two other
police dogs and will begin reaching out to training kennels for a
replacement for Max. The dogs, which usually cost about $10,000, have to
have the right temperament for the job. They need a keen sense of smell,
be social, be able to form a strong bond with their handler, and fit in
with the family and the organization as a whole. "They're pretty amazing
creatures," Vander Yacht said. "They do some pretty spectacular work for
us." submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
In Loving Memory
K-9 Deputy MACO
Dinwiddie Sheriff's Department
Dinwiddie K-9 deputy remembered for his love of people during memorial service
Maj. William Knott unveils a portrait, contributed by Petersburg artist Mary Kate Gerschick, during a memorial service
for Dinwiddie Sheriff's Office K-9 Deputy Maco held Friday at the historic Dinwiddie Courthouse.
DINWIDDIE - K-9 Deputy Maco was known for his love of life.
While at work, the German Shepherd-Belgium Malinois had located illegal drugs for the Dinwiddie Sheriff's Department
on at least 50 occasions. During off-hours, he would aid his handler, Deputy Brock Tomlin, in catching fish while
the two were sailing. On other weekends, Maco and Tomlin would hike in the mountains.
"Everywhere I would go, he would go," Tomlin said. But on Nov. 1, Major William Knott with the
Dinwiddie Sheriff's Department got the call that no one ever wants to get. Maco had been struck by a car
during an early morning training exercise in the Courthouse area of the county. His watch ended that day.
"This was a devastating blow to all of us," Knott said. Tomlin said he best remembers the most talented
K-9 deputy that he ever worked with by thinking back to Maco on the sail boat.
Maco would also never hesitate to greet people - or the camera.
"He was a show-off. Whenever we brought out a camera, he would always ham up to the camera," he said.
The Sheriff's Department honored Maco with a memorial service Friday, which featured a
poem written by Deputy Terrell Coles.
"I gave you my paw, and you gave me your hand.
I promised to protect you, just as you have done for me,
my friend. Every time I strapped on that harness,
I knew it was time to go to work.
I hit the ground hard, my nose pressed against the dirt.
I never had someone that knew me better than you.
I almost learned how to tie your boots," part of the poem read.
Maco was born in the Czech Republic in July 2011 and joined Dinwiddie's K-9 team a year later, specializing in drug
and narcotics detection, tracking and article location.
Knott previously noted that hardly a day went by that
Maco did not find drugs. In his last call, Maco caused a traffic stop to lead to a drug arrest.
After he tapped on the trunk, deputies recovered a small bag of marijuana that had been packed inside a suitcase.
"Even during his short time in service, his service was significant and sincere," Deputy Steven Pugh said
during the service. "Celebrate knowing that his life in service was not in vain."
A portrait of Maco donated by Petersburg artist Mary Kate Gerschick was unveiled during the ceremony.
"I was blown away by it. I thought it really captured Maco," Knott said.
The portrait will be hung in the Sheriff's Department as a permanent memorial to Maco.
"We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support following this tragic loss," Sheriff D.T. "Duck" Adams
said in a press release. "The Sheriff's Office has received cards and calls from law enforcement officers
and animals lovers from across the country. These expressions of sympathy and support mean a lot to
me and to my officers."
J.T. Morriss & Son provided free cremation services for Maco. His remains were given to
Tomlin and remain in his possession. -
Vanessa Remmers can be reached at 804-722-5155 or vremmers@progress
submitted y Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
Creek, MI 49014
who had served
with the Battle
work in January
2003 but in
August 2007 was
back disease and
Sgt. Chad Fickle
but his health
decision to have
him put to sleep
was not an easy
one to say the
least but, as a
we felt he
deserved to go
In Loving Memory of
February 17, 2014
Handler: Officer Joseph Hancock
Waltham Police Department
Waltham’s Recently Retired Police
We have sad news to share regarding "Mugsy",
our recently retired K-9 and partner to
Officer Joseph Hancock. "Mugsy" passed
away yesterday after suffering some
sudden medical issues. He spent
nearly 9 years at Officer Hancock's side
helping keep Waltham safe. "Mugsy" was
involved in many searches,
tracks and rescue operations. Officer Hancock and his family are in our
thoughts as they say
goodbye to a partner and family member. submitted by Jim
Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
In Loving Memory o
January 31, 2014
NSW Police Dog Unit
Redfern Police Dept.
end for PD Mojo
Police Dog Unit is grieving for police dog Mojo, who
died after falling heavily during a search of a building
site in Alexandria. Redfern Police Department were called to
Wyndham Street about 9:15pm on Friday night after
reports a group of men had gained access to a building
site. Mojo, a German Shepherd only two years and 11
months old, was searching for the men with his handler
when he fell and suffered extensive injuries. Mojo's
handler rushed him to the Sydney University Emergency
Animal Clinic where he died soon after. A spokesman from
the dog squad said it was a sensitive time for the
handler. "It only occurred last night and we're all
still obviously grieving over it," he said.
posted a tribute to Mojo on their Facebook page on
Saturday morning: "PD Mojo was a good, keen, driven
General Purpose Police Dog and he will be greatly missed
by his handler and everyone at the Dog Unit". Dog
trainer and owner of the K9 centre Martin Dominic said
German shepherds are a popular breed for policy and
military work because of their intelligence. "They can
be trained in a wider range of exercises and from a
younger age than other breeds," he said. "They are very
adaptable to police work and make a good dog to have
around under threat if they're trained correctly.
"They are a good partner, a social animal and when they
bond well, they will put themselves in harm's way for
the handler." Mr. Dominic said his thoughts were with
Mojo's handler: "It would affect them like they're
losing a human friend; there's a lot of mourning and
grieving". Tributes have begun on the Police Dog Unit's
Facebook page, with many comments on a post about his
death expressing condolences for the squad and Mojo's
handler. "How sad to read of this," Corina Robinson
wrote. "No one really understands the value of working
dogs more than their handlers who are also best friends.
A huge loss to you all and sadness to all dog lovers." Erin Child wrote: "Thanks Mojo, for helping keep the
public safe. RIP." Mojo was trained by the Police Dog
Unit in 2012 and had only been in active service for 14
months. Police have continued investigations into the
break-in at the building site.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
January 22, 2014
Handler: Sgt. Corey Henry
Fulton County Sheriff's Dept.
Central Ave. SW
Fulton County K-9 dies of cancer
Fulton County Sheriff's
officials say the department is mourning the loss of K-9 Deputy
6-year-old Belgian Malinois, was euthanized Wednesday after a
veterinarian discovered that he developed an inoperable cancer.
Officials say they were unaware that Marco was sick until Wednesday
morning. Sheriff's officials say Marco and commander of the county's
K-9 unit, Sgt. Corey Henry, had been partners for more than five
years. Marco was trained to detect the presence of drugs, search for
suspects and track their scents. Sheriff's officials say Henry and
Marco spent more than three months in training together beginning
patrol duties together. submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir.