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
May 29, 2015
Handler: Officer Ryan Cavicchi  
Duxbury Police Department
155 Mayflower St
Duxbury, MA 02332 
Duxbury Police K9 Gets Hero’s Farewell

There was a hero’s farewell Friday for a service dog that spent 11 of his 12 years working with the Duxbury Police. “He was my
partner, my best friend, we were together every day, 24/7, he slept right beside my bedside at night,” Officer Ryan Cavicchi said. Zar’s work is now done. Officer Cavicchi had to let go of his friend, and partner who was one of the first SWAT-trained dogs
 in the state. “Zar was a patrol dog, but Zar also had a substantial amount of tactical training,” said Chief Matt Clancy.
But Zar was more than a police dog. He was part of Officer Cavicchi’s family. His wife was in tears on Friday.
 “We have two boys ages 10 and 12,” said Wendy Cavicchi.


“He was a very great companion to them and it’s really hard, it’s going to be a huge loss in our house.” Zar’s heroics?
 He was one of the police dogs at the Watertown shootout. “He was so focused on the manhunt, that he refused
 to eat until the job was done,” family friend Mary Chin said. Dog officers from across Eastern Mass. were there at
 the end and in a final salute to his partner, Officer Cavicchi led a training exercise. This is routine for every police
 dog. But Zar? He excelled at work, and at home with his family.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

April 29, 2015
Handler: Capt. Ken Fackina  
Wanaque Police Department
579 Ringwood Ave
Wanaque, NJ 07465

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Wanaque mourns loss of retired police dog Zula

Zula served as a narcotics dog in Wanaque and neighboring communities for about seven years.
 Chief Tom Norton described her as a good dog that did a good job for the community.

While she had a nose for detective work, contributing to numerous drug seizures in this and surrounding towns, Zula also
 had a sensitive side and was there whenever the community needed a furry friend for inspiration at special charitable
 events. The community is mourning the loss of Zula on Wednesday, April 29. Zula was a hero and a beautiful dog. Zula
 was born in the Czech Republic on Feb. 3, 2005 and purchased by Capt. Ken Fackina from Metro Dade K9 in Miami,
 Florida, in June 2006. Together they graduated the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Detector Dog Class
 in January 2007.

"K9 Zula served the residents of Wanaque and other communities by conducting numerous searches resulting in the
 seizure of illegal narcotics and currency until her retirement Jan. 1, 2014," said the Wanaque Police Department.
 "She also provided hundreds of demonstrations for children and adults throughout northern New Jersey." It was
noted that Fackina and his family are deeply saddened but, at the same time, tremendously proud of Zula’s service
 to this community and others. "She did exceptional work for the department during the time that she served,"
said Police Chief Tom Norton. "I know it’s a great loss for the department, a big loss for Capt. Fackina."
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA to LRK of Cape May, NJ

In Loving Memory of

April 15, 2015

Handler: Officer Shawn Murray
Ridgefield Police Department
Ridgefield Says Goodbye to Police Dog Before Euthanization
The Ridgefield Police Department is saying goodbye to one of its police dogs before he is euthanized for health reasons
and are honoring him with one last ride Wednesday.

The Ridgefield Police Department is saying goodbye to one of its police dogs before he is euthanized due to health
 complications and officers are honoring him with one last ride Wednesday. Zeus, an 11-year-old German Shepherd,
 was retired from the department as a K-9 unit on May 20, 2014 because he has severe degenerative hip disorder,
 police said on the
Ridgefield Police Department Facebook page. His health has declined significantly over the past year,
 so he has to be put down, police said. "Zeus was a valued member of our team as well as our community and will
 be greatly missed," Ridgefield police said on Facebook.


Ridgefield Officer Shawn Murray was Zeus's handler since the dog joined the force in 2006 and took care of Zeus
at his home even after his retirement, police said.  Zeus assisted with 250 narcotics arrests, tracked 50
 missing or wanted people, located six people in life-threatening situations and found six suspects on
the run after crimes, police said. He also helped police discover 10 pounds of marijuana in 2006. The
department also did many demonstrations with the police dog for members of the public.

Zeus's last ride through Ridgefield will start at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, head west on Governor Street, travel
north on Route 35/Main Street, go north on Route 7 and end at Ridgefield Veterinary Hospital. Police from area
 agencies are expected to be in attendance. Community members are also invited to gather on Main Street on
the sidewalks along the route to watch the ride and pay tribute.
 submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of
February 28, 2015

Handler: Officer Jason Toth
Phoenix Police Department
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

K9 officer dies after battle with cancer - Man's best friend

A K9 officer who served with the Phoenix Police Department and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for nearly
nine years has died. Zassko died last Saturday at age 10 after battling cancer.  His partner, Officer Kevin Pilling,
said, "Despite Zassko's ailing condition, he loved to work all the way to the end."
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA