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
7 November 2014

Handler: Constable Rautenbach
Pietermaritzburg Police
South Africa

K9 Killed After Tracking Housebreaking Suspect

On 7 November 2014 at about 02:15, Town Hill police responded to a housebreaking complaint in Town Bush Road in Chase Valley. Police attended a complaint where a house was ransacked and the television was missing. Townhill police requested assistance
 from Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit to search for the suspects. Constable Rautenbach and his K9 partner "Sky" responded and
attended to the crime scene. Whilst tracking towards Town Bush Road along the river bank, he then noticed the suspects
 running away down the road towards the trees. Police then instructed the suspects to surrender but to no avail and he
 then released his dog. The dog entered under the low hanging branches of the tree, Constable Rautenbach lost sight of
his dog and heard a gunshot. As the police officer approached the area he found his dog with a gunshot wound and
the dog died at the scene. The suspect was not found. Town Hill police are investigating case of housebreaking and theft.
 Constable Eugene Rautenbach joined the Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit in 2010 and went on a Patrol dog course in 2012
where he trained his K9 partner "Sky". As from 2012 the dog has apprehended 10 suspects who had committed various
serious crimes in the Midlands area. The dog has also been utilized in searching for explosives at many venues for the
 safe keeping of VIP's and attended to complaints of bomb scares and suspicious parcels.
 "Sky" was a 5-year-old Belgium Shepard Malinois.
 submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

December 9, 2014
Handler: ? 
Westchester County Police
110 Dr.Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
White Plains, NY 10601 
Westchester bloodhound police dog dies unexpectedly

An active member of the Westchester County police force who worked for nothing more than a bit of kibble and a concessional
 bone, has died unexpectedly. Seneca, a nine-year-old bloodhound who has been on duty since she was a pup, died Tuesday
 evening. "She was a good dog," said Sgt. Vincent Ragaini. "We're very upset." The dog was working up until a couple
 of days ago when her handler noticed that she appeared to be ill. Seneca was taken to a veterinarian for treatment
but died of an intestinal blockage. Seneca had a long and illustrious career. The bloodhound used her skills to assist
police in searches throughout the Lower Hudson Valley. In 2011, she was called in to help find a missing New City women.
 The woman was eventually found. Seneca also assisted her fellow canines by taking part in a search for two missing
 beagles lost in the 700-acre Saxon Woods Park in White Plains in 2008. The dogs were found.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

November 28, 2014
Handler: PC Shelley Byrne  
Gloucestershire Police Department
Outpouring for police dog who died

Hundreds of messages of condolence have been paid to Gloucestershire police dog Steiner, who died on Friday. A message posted by the force's dog handling unit on Twitter yesterday simply said: "RIP Steiner, an amazing police dog who sadly passed away today. Thoughts with his handler. Always be remembered." In 2006, Steiner featured in the Citizen thanks to his love of water. Having ruptured a cruciate ligament, he was taken to Hartpury College for hydrotherapy as part of his recovery, then aged two-and-a-half. His handler at the time, PC Shelley Byrne, said then: “It was in the early hours of the morning and I got a call out to work.

As I put him in the van he just cried and went lame. “I took him straight to the vet and hydrotherapy was recommended.” Steiner underwent six weeks of treatment at the college. PC Shelley Byrne said she continued to take Steiner back for more sessions even after the treatment course had finished to keep him healthy. “He loves it, he’s quite happy,” she said at the time. “He jumps straight in the tank and he’s really excited when he does it. “He is with me 10 hours a day every day when I’m at work and he lives at home in a kennel with me, days off as well. “We are just crew together, me and him.”

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
October 8, 2014

Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement

K9 Sara, a 2 year old Belgian Malinois, was struck and killed as she and her handler conducted a criminal interdiction
search of a commercial vehicle on the shoulder of I-80, in western Iowa. Sara had served with the
Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement for 11 months and had been responsible for multiple narcotics and cash seizures.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA   

In Loving Memory of

October 21, 2014
Handler: Officer Clint Houston  
Great Falls Police Department
P.O. Box 5021
Great Falls, MT 59403
Police dog euthanized for repeated unprovoked attacks on handlers

A Great Falls police dog has been euthanized following repeated unprovoked attacks on its handlers, Police Chief Dave Bowen
said Tuesday. The K-9, Shep, bit officers on three occasions, police say. He was immediately removed from duty after the
 first attack, which occurred in recent weeks after the dog had switched handlers, according to Bowen. "Something had
 changed," Bowen said, noting the attack was out of character for the dog. "We're not sure what." Shep was placed in
the original handler's home after the initial attack, Bowen said.

However, the dog "continued to show aggressive behavior to this handler and the handler's family" and, Friday, bit
 the original handler, Bowen said. The decision was then made to euthanize the animal. Neither incident occurred
during actual training, Bowen said, and both officers went to the emergency room for treatment. A third officer was
 also bitten while restraining the dog following Friday's attack, Bowen said. All three officers are said to be recovering,
 with one remaining on light duty. There is no immediate plan to replace the Shep, Bowen said.

The department currently has two other K-9 units, which are involved in routine patrol activity and also specifically
trained to assist with tracking and drug detection. Bowen estimated that the department has had around nine police
 dogs over the years since its K-9 program began in the early 1990s, and Shep had been on-duty for approximately
 three years. Alternatives to euthanasia like rehabilitation were either not available or not viable, the department says.
 "We're all feeling kind of bad about this," Bowen said. "I just wanted the public to be reassured this wasn't
reflective of our program."
 submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

October 6, 2014

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Handler: Officer Travis Kenyon
Fife Police Department
3737 Pacific Highway East
Fife, WA 98424
First Fife police dog dies
The first Fife police dog has died, the department said Monday. Slyder was assigned to Officer Travis Kenyon in 2006,
 and worked with the department as a narcotics dog until he retired in 2012. He lived with the Kenyon family in his
retirement. Kenyon and Slyder were certified as a Master Narcotic Detection Team by the Washington State Canine
 Association, and were part of Pierce County’s Metro K-9 group. The pair helped seize narcotics, vehicles
 and currency when they worked together, the department said.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
October 2014

Handler: Sgt. Dana Griffin
North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety
North Carolina

The North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety announced the passing of K9 Officer Syndi. Officer Syndi passed
away in the company of her handler, Sgt. Dana Griffin, at the Animal Hospital of North Myrtle Beach yesterday.
 Officer Syndi was approximately 3 years old when she began her career with the department as a narcotics
detection and tracking dog. She was still in service at the end of watch having served some ten years as an active K9.
Officer Syndi is being laid to rest in Loris, at the home of John and Dana Griffin.
A memorial service for Syndi is to be determined.
  submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

August 27, 2014
Handler: Officer Floyd Arnold
East St. Louis Police Department
301 River Park Dr.
East St. Louis, IL 62201
website -
Police dog dies due to heat stroke

An East St. Louis K9 Officer is dead after officials said he suffered a heat stroke. East St. Louis Police Chief, Michael Floore,
 said K9 Officer Simmie and his handler had been doing training exercises in the park. Several minutes after the officer
 got the dog home, Simmie was having trouble walking. He took the dog to the veterinarian, but Simmie went into cardiac
 arrest and died. Doctors said it was heat related. The region has been enduring a late-summer heat wave with highs
 in the upper 90s. Simmie was 3 years old and had been with the agency 14 months.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

July 21, 2014
Handler: Army Staff Sgt. Dennis Asher
Howell, Michigan
US Army
Headstone secured for K-9 Army Staff Sgt. Dennis Asher of Howell stands by military work dog Shaman.
died July 21 and will be buried with full honors after battling a spinal cord disease.

A headstone has been secured for a K-9 military hero from Howell. But representatives of the Michigan War Dog Memorial hope
he will serve as an inspiration for others. A spokesman for the Oakland County-based military pet cemetery said this week
 that more than $600 had been raised for the purchase of a headstone for Shaman, a military work dog who had served in Iraq. “Whatever we end up raising above that will be put into a fund to help out others,” said Phil Weitlauf, memorial director.
He and his fellow board members hope to augment that fund with donations from area businesses.

The cemetery assists with burials for military dogs, but their handlers must pay for headstones. “A lot of them have trouble
 with that because they’re just getting back to civilian life,” Weitlauf said. That was the case for Shaman’s longtime handler,
 Army Staff Sgt. Dennis Asher of Howell. Asher sent Shaman to his family in Howell four years ago after medical issues
 forced the German shepherd’s retirement from active duty. Together, the pair had trained in tracking, obedience and
aggression-control techniques stateside before being transferred to the same high-security Iraqi prison where former dictator
Saddam Hussein had been held.

Shaman died July 21 after a long battle with spinal cord disease and will now be buried with full military honors in September.
 “He will receive an honor guard. We’ll present Sgt. Asher with a flag that had been flown over the Capitol, and we’ll even
 have a K-9 tribute,” Weitlauf said. That tribute features a team of eight military dogs that will march around the burial
 site before howling a final farewell to their comrade. “I’m sure there won’t be many dry eyes,” Weitlauf said.
The memorial is at the site of a restored pet cemetery in the area of 11 Mile and Milford roads in Lyon Township.

“It was founded in 1936 but had largely been abandoned by the 1980s,” Weitlauf said. He and others began clearing
heavy brush from the site four years ago. With K-9 Corps members restricted from burial in military cemeteries,
Weitlauf and his fellow board members decided to convert the site into a burial ground for military dogs. They expanded
 it this year to include police dog burials as well. Dogs from police units in Novi and Livingston County were recently
 interred at the site.


Services set Saturday for K-9 military vet

9/5/14- Michigan

Staff Sgt. Dennis Asher of Howell stands next to his former K-9 partner, Shaman. The German shepherd died July 21 and
 will be laid to rest Saturday at the Michigan War Dog Memorial in Lyon Township.


Members of the public — and their four-legged friends — are invited to Saturday's services for Shaman, a K-9 military veteran being laid to rest at the Michigan War Dog Memorial in Lyon Township. "The public is very much invited to attend, and they can bring their own dogs, too," cemetery Director Phil Weitlauf said. Shaman, who most recently lived with his handler's family in Howell, died July 21 after a long battle with a spinal cord disease. The dog will be buried with military honors during a 30-minute service set to begin at noon. The ceremony will be solemn, dignified and, judging from public response, well-attended. "We even heard from a retired police officer who offered to play the bagpipes — that's something we never had before," Weitlauf said. Shaman and his longtime handler, Army Staff Sgt. Dennis Asher of Howell, served together in Iraq. The German shepherd and his handler were stationed at the same high-security Iraqi prison where former dictator Saddam Hussein had been held. Medical issues forced Shaman's retirement from active duty four years ago. Asher sent Shaman to his family in Howell. Shaman will receive an honor guard and a "howling" tribute from fellow military dogs during Saturday's ceremonies. Asher will also be presented with an American flag in his honor. A headstone for Shaman was secured through a fundraising campaign supported by the military cemetery's directors. Though the cemetery assists with burial expenses for military and police dogs, handlers must pay for headstones. Memorial directors are establishing a fund to help veterans finance headstones for their K-9 Corps companions. The War Dog Memorial is on the grounds of a restored pet cemetery in the area of 11 Mile and Milford roads.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

August 5, 2014
Handler: Sergeant Sam Blaski 
Kingston Police Department
500 Wyoming Ave
Kingston, PA 18704
Police K9 Dies

The Kingston Police Department said a police dog has died. Officers said Stinger, an eight-year-old Doberman,
 spent six years on the force, but grew sickly. His handler, Kingston Police Sergeant Sam Blaski,
 learned the dog had two inoperable tumors. Kingston Police announced that the dog had died Tuesday.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

August 5, 2014
Handler: Sgt. Hargitt  
Henderson Police Department
1990 Barret Ct.
Henderson, KY 42420

K9 Santo, Remembered
The Henderson Police Department would like to announce the passing of retired K9 Santo.
Santo passed away this afternoon.
 Santo was 12 years old and spent 9 years on patrol with Sgt. Hargitt until Santo's retirement in April 2013.
 Santo remained at home with his family, the Hargitt's, after retirement.
 He will be greatly missed by the Hargitt's and his HPD family.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

  Det. Jeff Majewski
Westport Police Dept. MA

Siren, a 5-year-old German Shepherd, was just one year into his training when he died.
  “He could have saved someone’s life,
 that’s what’s very difficult right now,” said Westport Police Det. Jeff Majewski. “That dog had a future where he could
 have helped somebody, and someone took that away.”  Majewski was training Siren with his girlfriend, when suddenly the
 healthy dog couldn’t walk." That MRI showed he was hemorrhaging in his back, and it was pressing on his spinal cord,”
 Majewski explained. “My girlfriend and I looked in his eyes one last time and said goodbye.” 
The necropsy results stunned him – revealing that the dog was poisoned. Majewski is certain someone – possibly a
criminal seeking revenge – fed Siren rat poison on purpose, considering he’s a detective.
“It was a cowardly act, and I do feel the dog was targeted as a result of something I did at work,” he said.
Majewski wrote an editorial in a local newspaper in order to raise awareness, and numerous people have sent him
letters of support.
Anyone who’d like to donate to the
 “Justice for Siren Fund”
should contact ----the Westport Federal Credit Union
Westport, MA
 (508) 679-0197

In Loving Memory of

July 14, 2014

Handler: Maj. Sophie Teague (love this photo!!)
Tampa Police Department
411 North Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 33602

Retired Tampa police search-and-rescue bloodhound dies

Tampa police Maj. Sophie Teague with Snoop in 2013. Veterinarians think he was bitten by a poisonous insect.


For retired Tampa police Maj. Sophie Teague, training the department's bloodhound, Snoop, to help people was one of the
 most rewarding parts of her job. "They're like your partner," she said. "You're with them every day. They go to work with you,
 they come home with you." Snoop died Monday at the Temple Terrace Animal Hospital at the age of 8 . His leg was swollen,

 and veterinarians

said he likely suffered a poisonous insect bite, Teague said. She and Snoop both retired last year. "I was blessed to have him
this long," she said. "I've just been blown away by all the people that were touched by him."
Snoop served as a search-and-rescue dog for Tampa police. He was trained to find lost and missing children. He often accompanied Teague when she visited schools to talk to children about staying safe. "They would be all over him, hugging him and loving all over

 him, but he didn't care," she said. "He just let the kids love all over him." Snoop was a great representative for the department

and helped her get the message out to kids to be aware of their surroundings, Teague said." Thank the good lord we never had any

 real missing children cases during his service," she said.
"His greatest benefit to the department was to do all these educational programs and not wait for the abductions to happen.

" Snoop enjoyed retirement on Teague's small farm. He loved getting in the swimming pool, she said. "He just loved being at home.

 He was a pretty laid-back dog anyway, but if he got upset about something he would wake the whole neighborhood up,"

she said, pausing. "It's been a quiet farm today."  submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

May 20, 2014
Handler: Officer Brandon Rousseau  
Marshall Police Department
2101 E. End Blvd North
Marshall, TX 75670
PD remembers K-9 officer at memorial service

Marshall Police Department officers will say goodbye to their beloved K-9 partner Sitta on Tuesday morning when she will
be laid to rest. Sitta, who served with the department for seven years, passed away on May 20 due to age
 related health problems.
Services for Sitta are set for 8:40 a.m. on Tuesday at the Marshall Police K-9 Memorial
 site located at the end of Memorial Drive at Airport Park. The funeral procession will depart the MPD at 8:30 a.m.
 Officer Brandon Rousseau and Sitta were partners and worked and trained together as a team. Both were
certified and received training from Norm Garner NCIA-K9 in Shreveport.


Sitta was a Dutch Shepherd from Holland and began training at an early age. The K-9 officer was trained in
gun powder, explosives and bombs and was also dually trained as patrol apprehension in tracking meaning Sitta
could assist in tracking anything from a fugitive to a missing person. Captain of the Patrol Division, John Best,
 encouraged the public to attend to honor Sitta and the other K-9 officers who served MPD over the years.
 “Sitta will join other faithful K-9 officers who valiantly served the Marshall Police Department over the past years,”
he said in a press release. “Please make an effort to attend and honor an officer who gave so much to our city
 for just a little praise from his handler.”
M O R E >>>>>>>>

Underneath a ruby red awning, amidst the rain, an intimate crowd of Marshall Police Department officers came

 together to pay their respects to the late K-9 officer Sitta early Tuesday morning. Sitta, who served with

MPD for seven years, passed away last week at the age of 12. The K-9, born in the Netherlands, became a

 member of MPD in March 2007. Officer Brandon Rousseau, along with his wife, children and fellow officers

 listened intently as Captain of the Patrol Division, John Best, read a poem and spoke about Sitta. “There is

 a special bond between the handler and a K-9. She was a partner, a friend and a confidant,” he said.

 “Often times you spend more time with them than anyone else.”


Best spoke encouraging words to Rousseau after revealing that when Sitta retired, she became a family pet

for the Rousseau family. “Even though she’s not in the car with you, she still watches over you,” he said.

 “Taps” played and a three-volley salute was given as well. Best said K-9s are considered police officers and

are very much a part of the department and that this was a loss that everyone would feel. “It’s always sad

when an officer loses a K-9 partner. I know what he’s going through; I worked with K-9s for nine years,”

he said.  “This is a loss for the whole department." Speaking through tears, Rousseau had nothing,

 but good things to say about his former partner. “You couldn’t ask for a better dog,”
 he said. “She was one of the sweetest dogs."

submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

May 9, 2014
Handler: Officer Adam Walker  
Graham Police Department
216 S Maple St
Graham, NC 27253

Graham police mourn mysterious death of Sully
Everywhere Graham police officer Adam Walker drove in his patrol car, there was a head resting on his shoulder, a constant
reminder of the presence of his canine friend in the back seat. It was their routine: Sully, his red Labrador partner, would go
into  his kennel, which occupied the entire back seat area of Walker’s police car, and Walker would leave the kennel gate open
 for Sully to stick his head out. After around four years with Sully, Walker found him dead last Friday. “I went to get him out
 of his kennel and just found him deceased,” Walker said.

"The police department is waiting on results from an autopsy to determine Sully’s cause of death, which remains a mystery,"
Walker said. The two were paired up in 2011, when Sully was 9 months old. Sully was Walker’s first K-9, and the two went
 to training school together, where Walker trained him in tracking and detecting narcotics. “When I went and picked him up,
 I knew everything was going to be just fine when he put his head on my shoulder,” Walker said. “Everything clicked, and it
 was meant to be. It was a partnership that won’t ever be duplicated.” Walker’s youngest son and Sully were a month apart
 in age, and Walker said the two had grown close.

In addition to traveling with Sully everywhere for work, Walker said, he would take the dog out places with his family.
 “Anywhere I went, Sully went,” he said. Walker joked that though Sully’s paperwork indicates the dog is a yellow Lab,
he has always been a red one. Walker wasn’t sure why the department decided to buy a Labrador over other K-9 breeds,
but said “he had a drive like I’ve never seen in a dog.” “He could track like nobody’s business.” Walker said. “We found
several missing persons.” The department also frequently used Sully at school demonstrations and public relations events,
 said Lt. Pete Acosta.

Walker said they never had to worry about the dog’s behavior around young children. The Graham Police Department
is holding a memorial for Sully at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of McClure Funeral Service in Graham. Walker said Sully
 had been cremated by Alamance Pet Cremations. McClure is allowing the department to use its chapel at no cost, and is also
 donating an urn for Sully’s remains and a portrait to be hung in the police department, said Ken Stainback, a director and
 owner at the funeral home. Stainback said they expect 50 to 70 people at the funeral, including K-9 handlers and their
dogs from around a 50-mile radius.

He said the service will start with the K-9s forming an honor line as Walker enters with Sully’s remains, and the dogs will
 then be taken back to their respective patrol cars — which will be left running, he added. Acosta said the department’s
 chaplain would speak at the service. “It’ll be a funeral,” Acosta said. “It’s close to something we would do for any of
 our officers that pass away. Even though he’s a K-9, he’s considered a partner to Officer Walker, so we’re going to treat
him as such.” Walker said he has found his niche in K-9 handling and hopes eventually to be paired with another dog,
though it will be hard to have another take the place of Sully. “There’s definitely a void,” Walker said. “He’s irreplaceable,
 that’s for sure. He was the best dog I’ve ever had, and the only dog I’ve had as far as police dogs go.”
 submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

March 16, 2014
Handler: U.S. Army Sergeant Scott McDermond 
Military service honors four-legged fallen soldier,
 and all-round "good boy," Sam
 - Minnesota

A small crowd had gathered outside the VFW Post 2720 in Deer River just after noon Thursday. Moments before, they
had been inside the Vet's Club, gathered around a unique memorial for a fallen soldier. Like every Battlefield Cross, at its
center was an inverted rifle. "It represents a fallen soldier," said U.S. Army Sergeant Scott McDermond, who constructed
 the cross. "The harness is actually his very harness that he wore in Iraq. That was his collar; the inverted food bowl,
 and his leash, and then his urn," he listed, pointing to the objects.

The fallen soldier's name is Sam. Like U.S. Army Sergeant Scott McDermond, Sam was a combat veteran, and Sgt.
 McDermond's best friend. But Sgt. McDermond says it was tougher for people not to get along with the 9 1/2–year–old
 German Shepherd Collie. "He loved just about everybody he met; except ceiling fans," laughed McDermond, "he didn't
like ceiling fans." "He was my boy," reminisced a smiling Marcia McDermond, Scott's mother, who often watched Sam
 when Scott was away. "We couldn't get him to come in the house. You'd bring him in and he would pout. The dog could pout!"

Sgt. McDermond's military path led him to Sam after a number of deployments throughout Iraq ended in 2006 when he was
injured by a suicide car bomber in Ramadi."From there I healed up; I made the decision that I want to go back, and I
 want to prevent it from happening to someone else," said McDermond. A request to enter specialized search dog school
 took Sgt. McDermond to Lackland Air Force Base in '07. Afterward, he joined the 97th Military Police Batallion K9
 section, and was deployed once again to Iraq.

This time the explosive–sniffing Sam was by his side, and their training soon paid off when one day Sam responded to
a threat outside their stationed camp's training grounds. "By his response that means there's something there, and outside
 the training area means the instructors didn't put it there," said McDermond, "it was a half a pound of Iraqi C4, but
there was no blasting cap." Sam proved that day he could do his job, but soon after Sgt. McDermond said Sam's friendly
misdemeanor, and intelligence, effectively halted his career as a bomb-sniffing dog.

In January of 2010, he was reevaluated for adoption, and Sgt. McDermond brought a very happy Sam home for an early
 retirement. A few months ago, Sgt. McDermond left Sam with his mother Marcia while he went through advanced courses.
 On March 16th, he got the call that Sam had been killed by a car on Highway 46. "I blamed myself for days," said
 an emotional Marcia McDermond, "and he's telling me over the phone, 'Mom, it's not your fault.'" While Sam's death
came too soon, Sgt. McDermond was able to honor his friend's memory Thursday with an outdoor service led by the
American Legion VFW Honor Guard, and National Honor Guard, complete with the folding of a flag, taps, and a gun
 salute. ...funeral services fit for a fallen hero, and in this case, one good boy. Sergeant McDermond says it's not uncommon
for animals in military service to be honored, but it is rare to see such services outside
of a military base. 
 Submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
May 9, 2014

Handler: Detective Scott Krause  
Fond du Lac Police Department
126 N Main St
Fond du Lac, WI
Police drug dog dies

The Lake Winnebago Area MEG Unit lost a trusted member of its team on Friday, May 9. K-9 Storm was put to sleep
after  suffering a severe seizure due to an ongoing illness, according to a memo from Fond du Lac Police Department Chief.
 Bill Lamb. Storm was with the Lake Winnebago Area MEG Unit since December 2006, and the funds used to purchase,
 train and equip him were provided by a private donor from Oshkosh. Storm was assigned to Detective Scott Krause
 from the Fond du Lac Police Department. Storm was a sole purpose drug detection canine, born in 2003 and acquired
 from and certified through Steinig Tal Kennels of Campbellsport.

“It is difficult to quantify the contribution Storm made to this unit — tens of thousands of dollars, hundreds of pounds
 of marijuana, multiple kilograms of cocaine, countless rocks of crack cocaine, and significant quantities of heroin
 and meth, all have been located and seized as a result of Storm’s efforts,” Lamb wrote. He said Storm was an
 excellent drug detection canine and a great partner. “He will be missed by the members of the Lake Winnebago
Area MEG Unit and City of Fond du Lac Police Department,” Lamb wrote.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

Handler: Officer Chris Sherwin  
Naperville Police Department
1350 Aurora Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
Former Naperville K-9 officer patrolling ‘without my partner’
Naperville police on Tuesday honored one of their own for his service with a police dog named Sabek, who was involved
 in the largest methamphetamine bust in DuPage County. Officer Chris Sherwin is adjusting to his patrol duties without
his partner for the first time in nearly a decade after the German shepherd retired from the force last month and died
 a few weeks later. “It’s a big change,” Sherwin said about the loss of Sabek, his K-9 partner. “You have somebody
with you for nine years every day and then all of the sudden he’s not there. It’s a big change.”

Sabek retired from service on Valentine’s Day after searching one last vehicle for drugs and helping Sherwin find some
 marijuana. Sherwin said the dog was put to rest a couple weeks later, just shy of his 11th birthday. “I was with him the
 better part of my career,” said Sherwin, 45, of Plainfield, who has spent all of his 13 years as a police officer in Naperville.
 “I think a lot of the patrol guys miss him, too, because he was a great asset.” Cmdr. Jason Arres said Sabek’s death
 brings the Naperville K-9 unit down to two dogs and two handlers. Officer Grif Lippencott has been chosen as the
 department’s next handler and will begin training in April.

When the department’s K-9 unit is at full force, two of Naperville’s police dogs work with the patrol division and the
third works in investigations, specializing in narcotics searches. All the dogs are trained to sniff out drugs, search areas
 for certain items and follow the scent of missing or wanted people. They also help provide crowd control, but Arres said
the dogs are not trained to search for explosives. Naperville relies on dogs from county sheriff’s departments when that
service is needed. Sherwin said Sabek had a good nose for illegal substances, which he put to work in October 2012 when
 Sherwin stopped a driver near Route 59 and Meridian Road.

“He was instrumental in the largest methamphetamine bust in DuPage County,” Sherwin said. “Basically we worked a case and
 he sniffed out about 19 pounds of methamphetamine.” The dog’s ability to direct officers to search the bed of the truck
resulted in the discovery of 19 one-pound bundles of methamphetamine hidden under roofing shingles. DuPage County
prosecutors trying the case thanked Naperville police for their “outstanding work” to find the drug, which had a street
 value of about $1 million. "Chris and Sabek were an excellent, excellent partnership for the police department and their
 work will be missed,” Arres said.

“They did a phenomenal job in nine years together.” K-9 handlers like Sherwin train for more than a month with their dogs
 to help the animals learn how to track people, search buildings, seek items and sniff out illegal drugs. The training period
 also helps the animal and handler bond, which Sherwin said is important for being an effective investigative team. “Just
 knowing your dog: the way your dog stands, the way he looks, the way he looks at you,” Sherwin said. Sometimes, it was
almost as if Sabek was surprised Sherwin couldn’t smell the people or drugs the pair was seeking, the officer said.

“No matter what he did, he would look at me almost like ‘Really? He’s right here,’ or ‘The dope’s right here,’” Sherwin said.
 “And then he would indicate. When he would indicate on narcotics, he would scratch at the source of the odor.” Sherwin
said he learned Sabek’s tendencies well over nine years, so when the German shepherd started dragging his legs, losing feeling
 in his toes and dripping some urine about four months ago, Sherwin knew the dog’s health was faltering. Sabek’s nerves were deteriorating, which led to his retirement last month and his death a couple weeks later.

“For that type of disease, there’s no cure,” Sherwin said. The death of Sabek ends Sherwin’s time as a K-9 officer, but
he is still working the midnight shift on patrol as a solo officer. The lifelong dog lover said he was glad for the chance to
 work with a partner like Sabek. “It was something I wanted to do ever since I started,” Sherwin said. “Now I’m on patrol,
 doing the same thing I’ve done — just without my partner.”
 submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
12/22/02 - 02/05/14

Handler: Vivian Jones

This is my first nationally certified cadaver dog. Born 12-22-2002 and walked across the bridge 02-05-2014
 with assistance from me and her friend, the vet. She had hip dysplasia and congestive heart failure.
 But she woke up one day completely blind from a sudden retina detachment. Her empty eyes held such pleading
 that she had enough. She gave me her all with each training session, search, and body found,
how could I do no less now that she needed me?
Your poems have helped with the grieving that is just beginning.

In Loving Memory of

January 27, 2014
Handler: Officer Lincoln Sisson  
Providence Police Department
325 Washington St.
Providence, RI 02903
'He was such a good boy': Providence police announce death of bomb dog

After a career protecting lives by sniffing for danger, the good-natured Labrador retriever who served 11 years as the
Providence police bomb detection K-9 has ended his watch. The Providence Police Department announced the death of
 K-9 Storm. He was 12 1/2. "Storm was not only my partner, but my best friend. We were together 24 hours a day. The
bond that we developed was amazing," Officer Lincoln Sisson wrote in an essay on Tuesday. "He was such a good boy and
a big part of my family." Storm was trained at the Titusville, Fla., police department, outside the Kennedy Space Center,
 and joined the Providence Police Department in September 2002.

Storm was just 14 months old, and Sisson called him his "partner for life." Storm was one of few bomb dogs in Rhode Island,
 and his expertise was requested all over the state, as well as in service for high-profile events, such as the Democratic
 National Convention in Boston, presidential visits, and launches and a landing of the space shuttle at Kennedy Space Center.
 He worked with the Rhode Island State Bomb Squad, Amtrak police and multiple law enforcement agencies. Storm retired
last May, but Sisson said the dog still eagerly waited at home at the top of the stairs for him and new bomb K-9 Kyra to
 return from work.

But by the end of the year, Storm's health was failing, Sisson said. "His quality of life became unfair to him," Sisson wrote.
"It got to the point where as much as I wanted him to stay, I could see in his eyes that he didn't want to be here anymore.
 So with great sadness, I had to make that dreaded and God-awful decision." Sisson spoke with Storm's veterinarian. Then,
 on the morning of Jan. 27, Sisson placed Storm's police harness on him for the last time. It was time to say goodbye.
 "I'm not afraid to say that I had a difficult time putting it on him, because it was hard to see with the tears in my
 eyes," Sisson wrote. He took Storm for their last ride together by the Providence Public Safety Complex. "He will be
greatly missed, not only by me and my family," Sisson said, "but all the lives he touched over the 12 years he served
 as a Providence police K-9 officer."
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA