Memorials to Fallen K-9s
Co. donates cards to all partners
working dogs/horses sent by priority mail
available for those who want to send condolences to officers. See below
In Loving Memory
E. Delagrange, MPO III
Point Police Department
High Point, NC 27260
sent 2/1/02 & received to share with
who loved Sam also. Thanks for email, Daryl.
was a purebred Belgian Malinois, who worked the streets of High Point from
January 14, 1991 until his retirement with honor and distinction on June
15, 1998. He then tried to take life easy, but his desire to work
the street never left. Being retired was not for him. When
we worked together he would get sick on his stomach if he thought he was
being left behind at home. He was four years old when he started
his K-9 career and over eleven and a half when he retired. He will
always be the oldest working K-9 that the High Point Police Department
will ever have. They are now required to be retired by age ten. Sam
was put down with me at his side on January 5, 2001 because he could no
longer have quality of life. His life long (service years) vet performed
the task. He shed as many tears as I did. On January 19, 2001,
my department held a memorial service for him. A lot of nice things were
said about Sam and I. I had only hoped that I had made his life as
rewarding as he had made mine. He is truly missed. Sam was honored
by being selected as both "Who's Who of Animals, 1994 and Who's
Who of Dogs, 1995." Sam was also honored as "Patrol Dog of the Quarter"
by the USPCA (United States Police Canine Association") for a track he
ran back in 1993. So, not to relive his 67 apprehensions, he was a great
dog and a wonderful partner. I am a Housing Authority officer now.
In fact, the last six months that Sam spent on the street, we were assigned
to the Housing Unit. I still occasionlly dabble in K-9 stuff with
the our new handlers. In fact this last November(2001) our department
sponsored a K-9 Seminar for about thirty dog teams across the nation.
I got to assist and that brought back a lot of memories. I decided
that when Sam retired I would never work another dog. Well that's a short
version of my life as a K-9 chauffeur. I loved it and loved my dog.
Of course I have always loved dogs. If you want some coincidence,
my parents sent their Doberman to WWII and he returned from the Pacific
during WWII and two years later my twin bother and I were born. So
we sorta grew up around dogs with experience at catching the "bad guys".
I wish that my father would have lived long enough to have seen Sam.
He would have loved him to death. Dad was an obedience trainer for
Jane Delagrange" aka, "PJ"
friend @ home
In Loving Memory
Point PD IN
Service Jan. 26, 2001
Point, IN is Lake County seat in northern Indiana.
Keith Stevens said Cao, a 4-year-old German shepherd who was a three year
veteran of the Crown Point Police Department, died early Thursday after
suffering a seizure. Stevens, who was Cao’s handler, said the dog had seemed
all the people at the F.A.S.T. Company,
you so very much for the memorial cards that you sent. It was amazing
to see that kind gesture coming from people I have never met before.
It has touched us all deeply. The cards did arrive in time for the
memorial as we wanted to wait for her remains to return. The memorial
will be held on Jan. 26, 2001 at our police station. Unfortunately
the cause of Cao's death has not been explained as of yet. We have
to send away samples of tissue to a lab in Oklahoma for further testing.
If we get an explanation we make sure to let you know. Thank you
for everything, your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten.
dies of unknown causes
Autopsy could pinpoint
reason for Cao's death.
BY SUSAN ERLER Times Staff Writer
POINT - Cao never got the attention of her more famous counterpart, Udo,
but the 4-year-old German shepherd didn't lack for heart and courage, her
police department co-workers said. The three year department veteran died
early Thursday after suffering a seizure, the dog's handler, Officer Keith
Stevens said. The dog had been on the job with Stevens Wednesday night
and seemed normal just before she died, Stevens said. "She was just
laying where she normally lays. She got up and collapsed and she was gone,"
Stevens said. An autopsy performed Thursday at the Purdue University Animal
Hospital could help determine whether the dog ingested poison, he said.
"With it being a police dog, we have to make sure it's not somebody throwing
something over the fence," Stevens said. Cao, an American bred shepherd,
was trained to sniff out drugs and track missing people. She'd spent
her whole career with the Crown Point department and during that time helped
take a total of 140 pounds of marijuana off the street and locate suspects
in several burglaries and a battery case, Stevens said. On occasion,
she'd been loaned to federal, state and county law enforcement agencies
to help solve crimes. "She did a lot of good work for a lot of people,"
Stevens said. Like the rest of the department, Cao had been awarded
a police badge, Stevens said. "They are members of the department just
like everybody else," he said. Cao's death leaves the department with two
police dogs, Udo, owned and handled by Officer Charles Sprague, and Enzo,
Stevens' newest dog. Udo and Sprague got nationwide attention last year
when the pair were nearly separated after Sprague left his former department
to work in Crown Point. An outpouring of sympathy for the close bond
between police dogs and their handlers resulted in Crown Point city officials
agreeing to buy the dog from its former owners and grant ownership to Sprague
for life. Stevens said Thursday that he understands that bond only too
well after losing a dog he described as attentive, loving and playful.
"That's why she was so good at narcotics detection," he said. "Her reward
afterward was to get to play. "You never realize how much you love
the dog because they're always there. When something like this happens
you're just floored, especially the way it happened," Stevens said. "A
4-year-old healthy dog. It's just unbelievable." Results of the autopsy
are not expected for several days. Susan Erler can
be reached at email@example.com
provided to The Times - Crown Point, IN
mailed by FAST Co. 1/13/01 Priority
In Loving Memory
August 1, 1988 - Oct.
Officer Kevin Retzer
GRINGO VON WERNBERG
KOBLITZ SCH I
in Germany - August 1, 1988.
- Cheektowaga July 1991.
Police Dept. NY
was the best partner that I ever had."
quoted Daniel Smith, K-9 Officer,
Cheektowaga Police Department,
service Jan. 26, 2001
K-9 units were on hand for ceremony
fallen police dog,
von Wernbert-Koblitz Schulz Hund,
served 6 years with the force.
left: Amherst Police Officer Dave Starke & RAZOR, K-9 Training
Assis. Kevin Retzer & Gringo’s daughter, ROSE, Niagara Frontier Trans.
Auth.Officer Kevin Koscielniak & CODY, West Seneca Police Officer Bart
Adams and MAX, Orchard Park Police Officer Bob Schultz, Erie County Sheriff
Butch Hudson and LARS, Town Chief of Police Bruce D. Chamberlin.
want to thank Officers Dan Smith,
Retzer & Capt. Chamberlin, from the notification
loss of Gringo, from sending photos
information, to the unexpected,
token gift from
department. Lulu & Bob
Cheektowaga Police Department regrets to announce the passing of retired
K-9 dog, Gringo on October 24th, 2000. He was 12 years old. Gringo served
over 6 years with the department. He was noted for his apprehension of
criminals involved in drug activity in our town as well as his assistance
to other agencies in Western New York. Gringo von Wernbert-Koblitz Schutlz
Hund I (Gringo for short) started his career in law enforcement in June
of 1991. He was a pure German Shepherd, raised and trained in Germany before
he was imported to America. He received further training in drug detection
at the Amsel Kennels owned by Owen Tober. Gringo earned the distinction
of an internationally certified narcotics specialist, a ranking that is
recognized anywhere in the United States as well as 40 countries around
the world. He was the only police dog in New York State to pass the qualification
test in 1992. Officer Daniel Smith and Gringo performed numerous K-9 demonstrations
for community groups showcasing Gringo's skills at drug detection. They
also participated in the advanced K-9 Patrol and Narcotics Dog Handler
Seminar as guest instructors for drug dogs nationwide. Throughout his career,
Gringo assisted in numerous arrests and recovered over five million dollars
worth of narcotics. He will be greatly missed by his handler, Officer Daniel
Smith as well as the officers of the Cheektowaga Police Department. Breton,
the departments current dog, is carrying on the high standards set by his
Gringo died of old age, October 24, 2000. It took us some time to
get a stone and plaque made for him. He was cremated by our dog warden
and one of our retired leutendant, who is a wood-worker, made a casket
for him. Gringo's handler was Police Officer Daniel Smith.
Gringo was special because not only was he a great drug dog. He apprehended
a number of fleeing felons, but he also was great with people and kids.
Kids could climb all over him. Memorial service for Gringo will be
held on Friday, January 26, 2001, at 9 AM, in the front of our police station.
He will be buried near our police memorial in front of the station. We
have a volunteer to play taps from a VFW post. The Chief and the Town Supervisor
will say a few words along with myself. Neighboring K-9s and
officers will be present and file by the casket. The prayer concluded
the service, & poem, "The Time Has Come" The donation of cards from
the F.A.S.T. Co. have Gringo's picture and Guardians Of The Night
poem on the back. Police Dept. 3223 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14227
is a suburb of Buffalo,
Lake Huron & Lake Erie.)
Daniel Smith welcomed new partner, "Breston"
Gringo retired. Gringo was lucky to have 2 families. After retirement
Gringo joined "Chew Toy", AKA; Kevin Retzer, and his family, & their
two pets. He is missed by many.
care of Breston. Officer Dan Smith & K-9 BRESTON
is also dearly missed by Kevin Retzer and his family who were there to
care for him at the end of his life. Gringo is the father of K-9 Rose,
who is Kevin's K-9 Partner. Kevin wrote:
Gringo to sleep. Gringo died in my arms after I realized he was living
for me. He had multiply health problems. One of the meds he was taking
for Arthritis became toxic in his system and shut his Liver down. He was
in extreme pain. I made the decision I knew he wanted me to make. It was
very hard to do, but it was the right thing to do. I was blessed in that
I was able to say good bye before hand. I also let a lot of other people
who loved him have the opportunity to say good bye. By the way he has a
resting spot in front of the station."
January 19, 2001
In Loving Memory of
c/o Bastrop County
303-1080 Ext. 285
Mark Zimmerhanzel works for
this agency, Bastrop County Texas is located to the southeast of Austin
on state highway 71 about 25 miles.
Terminal Agency Coordinator
Bastrop County Sheriff's Office
200 Jackson St.
Bastrop, TX 78602
voice: (512)-303-1080 *368
REST IN PEACE LOYAL PARTNERS
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