May 29, 2015
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
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
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
to eat until the job was done,” family friend Mary Chin said. Dog officers
from across Eastern Mass. were
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.
Wanaque Police Department
579 Ringwood Ave
Wanaque, NJ 07465
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
While she had a nose for detective work, contributing to
numerous drug seizures in this and surrounding towns,
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
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
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
Loving Memory of
April 15, 2015
Handler: Officer Shawn Murray
Ridgefield Police Department
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.
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.
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.
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
Phoenix Police Department
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
officer dies after battle with cancer
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
said, "Despite Zassko's ailing condition, he loved to
work all the way to the end."
submitted by Jim
Cortina, Dir. CPWDA