Memorials to Fallen K-9s
The F.A.S.T. Co. donates sets of memorial cards to all partners 
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Dept. addresses available for those who want to send condolences to officers. See below

In Loving Memory of
November 21, 2014

Kishore Navar,
BDDS Constable

Mumbai Police


Mumbai police lose their `Prince' who was king of detection

A Labrador Retriever, who served as a detection dog with the Mumbai police and had sniffed out four live bombs and 17
 hand grenades during the 26/11 terror attacks, died on Friday after prolonged illness. Ten-year-old Prince, who served
 the Mumbai police force for 10 long years in the bomb detection and disposal squad, died on Friday afternoon while
undergoing treatment at Sakarbai Hospital for Animals in central Mumbai's Parel area, police said. He was laid to rest
 with full state honors at Parel. The black Labrador had been suffering from heart and kidney ailments since the past
 few weeks, said deputy commissioner of police Dhananjay Kulkarni said.

"Prince had saved several lives by sniffing out four unexploded bombs and 17 hand grenades at iconic Taj Mahal hotel,
the Oberoi Hotel, Mumbai CST railway station and Chabad house, all targeted during the 2008 terror attacks," he said.
The explosives were later defused. Prince was one of the four sniffer dogs that were put into service during the
November 26, 2008 terror strikes, said Kishore Navar, a BDDS Constable who handled the explosive detection four-leg animal.
 The dog had also helped in gathering clinching evidence from the sites of the July 2006 Mumbai train bombings, police said.
submitted by: Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
September 27, 2014

Handler: John Greene

Montgomery County Police Department

100 Edison Park Drive, 3rd floor
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

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submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA


In Loving Memory of
September 8, 2014

Handler: ?
Colorado Springs Police Department
705 S Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Police K9 dies in parking garage fall
The Colorado Springs Police Department says one of its K9s died following an accident during a training exercise Monday.
 Petra was participating in a scent detection training exercise with the Regional Explosives Unit when the accident happened.
 She fell from a parking garage in the 700 block of S. Nevada Ave. Petra suffered a catastrophic back injury and had
to be euthanized. She had been with the Colorado Springs Police Department for 15 months.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
week of August 17, 2014

Handler: Officer Mark Hamm

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office
128 South Peters
Norman, OK 73069

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Retired K-9 officer is laid to rest
During his service as a deputy with the Cleveland County Sheriff's office,
Mark Hamm was a deputy partnered with the K-9 deputy, Pyro.


A former Cleveland County Sheriff’s deputy passed away quietly last week with his loved one by his side. Pyro was a K-9 deputy
 trained to sniff out drugs, a Belgian Malinois known for his loyalty and eagerness to work. During his recent years of retirement,
 Pyro lived with former sheriff’s deputy and one-time handler, Mark Hamm. “He was imported from France,” Hamm said.
 “They were used a little back in the ‘30s by the military and then faded out and came back into use in the ‘90s.”
Hamm said
that Pyro is fairly typical of the social, hard-working breed.
“They’re very eager to please so they work all the time,”
Hamm said. “German Shepherds can be a little moody if they get tired.”


Unlike some breeds used in law enforcement, Pyro was friendly and gentle enough to work around children. “We loved to
 go to the schools and do demonstrations with the kids for the Dare program,” Hamm said. “We would hide something,
 and he would find it.” The kids loved to pet him and their affection was returned, he said. Pyro was born in 1999.
 The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department purchased him for $7,200 in 2001, and Hamm became his handler.
 “He’s a dual purpose dog, he was trained for drug protection as well as patrol work,” Hamm said. Pyro could follow
 the scent of a missing person or someone trying to elude law enforcement or he could look for evidence.


Working with a K-9 is a special assignment. The dog is actually the deputy partner with the human officer. “When I was
in high school, I was a part of the Moore Police Department Explorer post which is a branch of the Boy Scouts,” Hamm said.
 “The officer who led the branch in Moore was a K9 officer, his name is John Smith. His dog’s name was Omar, and so
 I was exposed to law enforcement and law enforcement with a K9.”
Hamm liked the idea of working with a dog
and was happy for the opportunity under Sheriff F. DeWayne Beggs.
A K9 lives with his handler.
“I took care of him, so when we were not on duty he was at home or in the backyard,” Hamm said.


Pyro loved to work. “He just loved to be with you. His work was play — it was like playing fetch,” Hamm said. “They’re
 all ready to go to work, ready to go play and have fun.”
  Hamm and Pyro didn’t find any really big drug busts,
but Pyro served the department well.
We were very steady and reliable,” Hamm said. “We didn’t do a lot of drug
interdiction, so we weren’t out on the interstates. We were out in the unincorporated parts of the county doing patrol.”
Often Pyro would be called upon to check out a car that officers suspected had drugs. “We helped Noble and Lexington
and the state parks,” Hamm said.


The team also helped Norman sometimes. At that time the city only had one K-9 unit. Because Hamm and Pyro worked
 the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift, Norman would call them if they needed a dog’s sniffer in the middle of the night.
Hamm said there were no dramatic rescues, though once, the partners helped in one. “There was an instance where,
 in a combined effort... (we found) a kid at 108th and Highway 9,” Hamm said. In this case, a boy had gotten lost and
 the parents pointed the way they thought he had gone. 
“We were running a track, and we were on it,
 and the kid had been gone 33 hours,” Hamm said.


“We were headed in the right direction, and the helicopter found them with infrared.” Hamm was Pyro’s handler for
 four and a half years, then had to relinquish him when he left the sheriff’s office. He asked if he could buy Pyro,
 but Sheriff Beggs explained the department couldn’t sell the highly trained animal.
Another handler partnered
 with Pyro. Ironically, considering his name, Pyro was locked in a kennel when the handler's house caught on fire
and burned. Fortunately, the dog was able to escape, but his nose was ruined for scent after that. This all happened
 around the time Sheriff Joe Lester took office. Meanwhile, Hamm had just returned to the department.


Lester retired Pyro and Hamm was asked if he wanted the dog. He did. The old partners had another several years
 left together. “He liked other people and other dogs,” Hamm said. “He lived a good life. He was taken good care of.”
That care was well-deserved, Hamm said. “He was a very loyal dog. Every night he would sleep in my room on the
floor at the foot of my bed,” he said.
Hamm said Pyro had unique personality and responded to human emotions.
“There’s something different in an animal that can love you back,” he said. “A dog… they love you and are excited to
 see you whether it’s been a day or just five minutes, you get the same reception.”
Hamm said Pyro was a commissioned
 deputy and served the county well.
“They don’t want paid vacation, they don’t want sick leave, they just want you
 to love them,” Hamm said.
 (submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA)

In Loving Memory of
March 2004 - 2014
Handler: Sgt. Kody Nesbitt

Lubbock Police Department
916 Texas Ave.
Lubbock, TX 79401

Goodbye To Admired K9 Officer
His handler, officer Kody Nesbitt, described him as a great blend of protection and friendliness. Pyro worked hard
apprehending criminals and searching Texas Tech football games for explosives. What he truly loved was wowing crowds
with his "police dog" demonstrations. He was so skilled, he followed hand signals instead of verbal commands.
Officer Nesbitt's late father was also an LPD K9 handler and now gets to work with Pyro. Pyro was a
 Belgian Malinois (pronounced like Illinois) and was born in March of 2004. Pyro was selected by the
Lubbock Police Department around 2006 from Hill Country Dog Center near San Antonio and was initially
handled by Sergeant Dennis Kelley.

Sgt. Kelley retired in 2007 and I was selected to join the K9 unit at that time and was informed I would be going to
handler school with Pyro. Pyro was selected as a dual purpose patrol dog and explosives detection dog. During my
training we learned how to search for explosives on vehicles, in building, open areas and even clearing roadways
looking for explosives. Pyro and I also learned how to use his superior nose and skills to clear a building looking
 for hidden suspects, systematically search an area for criminals hiding from officers, how to send him into vehicles
 for dangerous and uncooperative suspects, criminal apprehension and handler protection among other disciplines.


One thing that Pyro and I both loved to do was obedience. We worked on it every day that we were on patrol. It is
something that Pyro had a lot of previous training in and I enjoyed so much that I took that and kept up what
he had and expanded his skills. I taught Pyro tactical obedience and even how to watch for hand signals for him
 to sit, down, come back to me and bark all without any verbal commands. Pyro was a very slender, agile, athletic
 and FAST dog. Pyro did not bite overly hard (I know because before I was his handler I decoyed for him plenty and
even though it was tolerable in the bite suit, anyone that he apprehended without it certainly complied),
but whenever he had the decoy in his sights, he was on them in an instant!


During Pyro’s time here at he Lubbock Police department we competed in several police games and other police K9
competitions. Pyro almost always won a medal in whatever competition we competed in, whether it was obedience,
 detection or patrol. As much as I would love to say it was all the handler, I know better. Most of the time it was
me trying to get out of the way and to make sure that I did not do something to interrupt him during whatever task
we were performing. One thing that can be said for police K9’s, and Pyro is certainly no different, is that everyday,
they are truly excited to go to work.


I never walked out in uniform to go to work that Pyro did not start jumping around, panting and pacing, ready to go
 get in the vehicle. In fact, when I started working off duty jobs as my career progressed, Pyro would see me in
 uniform from his kennel and he would begin panting and pacing ready to go and when I would not get him he would
bark as if to say “Hey, you are forgetting me!” Like all police officers, each police K9 has their own personality and
Pyro was certainly no different. He had a great blend of protection and friendliness.


During Pyro’s career from 2006 until 2012, Pyro performed numerous tasks to help keep Lubbock, it’s citizens and it’s
 officers, safe. Pyro searched nearly every home Texas Tech Football game for explosives to ensure it was safe for
 the thousands and thousands of fans that would flock to Jones Stadium to root for the home town Red Raiders.
As a former student myself, it was great to learn just how much goes into making our venues safe for the fans of
 Texas Tech. Pyro also searched the United Spirit arena numerous times for concerts and large events.


Pyro was always on call when it came to explosives detection and he was always eager and up to the task. On a typical
 patrol shift Pyro did not get many explosives calls, but he routinely answered the call for burglaries in progress,
 robberies, officers in pursuit or any other type of high priority call that needed his assistance. Pyro apprehended
 numerous criminals during his time at the Lubbock Police Department and always gave 100% each time he exited the
 vehicle. However, as much as Pyro loved working the streets, I believe he loved performing at demonstrations almost as much.


During Pyro’s time we performed a myriad of demonstrations for the public that we both enjoyed to the utmost.
As much fun as it is to perform for adults, there is nothing as great and rewarding as performing for a group of
 children, and Pyro was ALWAYS up to the task. Needless to say, whenever you are a handler performing a demo,
you are only a secondary thought, everyone wants to see “the police dog!” No matter whether Pyro was performing
patrol work and biting the decoy in the big bite suit, locating explosives or even just doing some basic obedience,
 the kids were always thrilled to see him and I truly believe he enjoyed being there to entertain them.


I know Pyro has impacted countless lives both young and old in his time at the Lubbock Police Department, but he
had no bigger impact than he did on me. I was a new handler when Pyro and I were teamed up and as most of us
are whenever we perform a new job or task, we tend to make a lot of mistakes. But with Pyro, a seasoned pro by
the time I took over working with him, he made those mistakes a little less obvious and seemed to cover for me
whenever I might think I knew better than he did. Pyro was many things to many people.


To the city he was a tool that was used to fight crime, to other officers he was a fellow officer they knew they
 could count on whenever he was needed, to my wife he was my protector and she relied on him to make sure that we
 both made it home at the end of each shift. But to me, he was my partner, my buddy, my best friend. There were
 too many times that I joked with my wife that I spent more time with Pyro than I did with her (oddly she did not
seem to think this was as funny as I did). I have unfortunately lost several pets during my life, but losing Pyro has
 been harder than any of the previous combined.


I guess because he was so much more than that. Pyro was not a dog I saw in the backyard (or in the house during
 his much deserved retirement) or spent a few hours a day or week with, he was my entire focus while I was at work.
 Pyro would have given his life for me and any other officer or citizen. The city of Lubbock, The Lubbock Police
 Department and my family have lost a great officer and companion. The world is a little darker and a little less
 safe without him in it. Enjoy your official 10-42 (end of shift) my friend, you earned it and now you can work
 with Pat Nesbitt (my father and former Lubbock Police K9 handler) who will certainly give you all the praise and
attention you could want. It was truly an honor to call you my partner.

Pyro’s Handler (2007 - 2012) and Friend (2007 – 2014) Kody Nesbitt

In Loving Memory of
 June 9, 2014

Handler: Officer Pete Osowiecki
Suffield Police Department

911 Mountain Rd.

Suffield, CT 06078

  "It is with sadness that I must announce the passing of Retired K9 Pasa.
After a long battle with two types of degenerative conditions. A difficult decision was forced upon
 Sgt. Fern and his family, PASA reached the point where he was unable to function without guidance or assistance
 and had to be euthanized today .PASA served the Community for three years and was very successful
 in Tracking  and Numerous Narcotic seizures, PASA was fortunate to live Five additional years as Sgt. Fern’s
family companion before his passing. PASA was given the honor and dignity he deserved for the time he
protected the Residents of Norwalk by getting picked up in the K9 cruiser for his last ride where he put
his face in the wind and enjoyed protecting the City of Norwalk one last time.
They were members of the CPWDA from 5/12/06 until 12/31/09.
submitted by
James Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

June 29, 2001-June 9, 2014
Handler: Officer Pete Osowiecki 
Suffield Police Department
911 Mountain Rd.
Suffield, CT 06078

K9 Phil began her career at Fidelco in Bloomfield, CT., however she was too energetic to fulfill her original purpose.
She was donated to the Suffield Police Department and began her new career as a police dog, following a 40
 year hiatus of a K9 program in the Town of Suffield. Through her career K9 Phil tracked down numerous suspects,
 located drugs and served her community well. K9 Phil career was shortened by a cruiser fire when she was inside.
 The community rallied around the K9 unit and a replacement used cruiser was purchased. K9 Phil was injured
 in this fire, however through the efforts of the Suffield Veterinary Hospital and physical therapist Erica McElwey
from Change Your Range Phil was able to work for a few more years. Following Phil’s replacement K9 “Z”,
Phil took on another important role retirement. K9 Phil was able to live out her final years at my house watching
 over my family. On her final days, Phil suffered a stroke and had to be put down. Our house is empty without Phil
however our hearts are filled with joy that she gave. Phil is in a better place watching over us and keeping us safe.
 Phil and my family would like to thank the residence of Suffield, the entire staff at Suffield Veterinary Hospital
and Erica McElwey for their efforts during K9 Phil career and retirement. God bless Phil for all she has done.

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
 April 2014

Handler: Officer Donald Golding
Port Authority Police Department
New York City, NY

Port Authority PD explosives detection dog, Phoenix, dies after long illness

Port Authority Police Department K-9 Phoenix, who dedicated over seven years to protecting the city’s traveling public,
 recently lost his battle to cancer.

A valued and trusted member of the Port Authority Police Department, Phoenix the explosives detection dog,
has died after a long bout with cancer. Phoenix, who was assigned to the Explosives Detection team of the
PAPD K-9 Unit in 2007, worked with his partner, Officer Donald Golding, to search thousands of
unattended bags, packages and parcels to help safeguard the area’s airports, seaports, terminals and
PATH system for the traveling public. He was also involved in the Port Authority’s community outreach,
through which children got to meet and play with him. “Phoenix never wavered in his dedication to duty,”
 the authority’s Joseph Pentangelo said.


“He was a goodwill ambassador and a crime fighter and he will be missed.” One of the largest specialized
 teams of its kind in the county, the PAPD K-9 Unit is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. It
 consists of dozens of police officers and three police sergeant handler teams divided into two areas: explosives
 and drug detection. The Port Authority Police K-9 Unit was created in 1984 as a patrol dog program.
The original unit consisted of nine teams assigned primarily to the Port Authority Bus Terminal and
PATH facilities. The Explosive Detection Team was added in 1996, along with the first Narcotics
Detection Team, in response to the crash of TWA Flight 800 in Long Island. Each unit is assigned to
 the Police Department’s Special Operation Division. Besides safeguarding facilities, the team has also
 trained more than 40 outside agencies.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
March 25, 2014

Handler: Officer Bill Conner
Cass County Sheriff’s Office

303 Minnesota Avenue W
Walker, MN 56484

Retired K-9 dog in Cass County dies

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office’s retired K-9 Portos dog died Tuesday. Portos selflessly served the sheriff’s office
under  the guidance of K-9 Officer Bill Conner for seven years before retiring in December of 2012, law enforcement
 officials said. While serving the county, Portos was responsible for the detection of more than 20 pounds of
 narcotics and involved in the apprehension of numerous suspects. Deputy Conner and Portos received special
 recognition from the US Police K-9 Association on two separate occasions; one of which was for recovering
15 pounds of marijuana in a traffic stop. Portos held multiple regional and national certifications through
 the US Police K-9 Association. “We are thankful for the service of K9 Portos and K9 Handler Conner,”
 reported the sheriff’s office. 
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA