These are the officers and dogs who worked the streets to make them safer for us all and gave their lives in the service of their respective communities. These are heroes in the truest sense. Take the time to scroll through our valor pages and share the courage of these police officers and their K9 companions. These pages are dedicated to them.
K9 Officers Killed In Action
The following dog handlers, three who I have known personally, died as a result of gunshot wounds sustained during K9 deployments. Through the generous support and assistance of their families, some of these officers were included into the "K9 Officer's Manual at the time it was produced.
I had an opportunity to compete with Fred House in police dog championships. His skills as a handler and quick wit will always be how his fellow officers remember him. While preparing this manual I had the opportunity to speak with his brother Tom who was understanding to my cause and assisted me in compiling information on Fred. I also had the pleasure of speaking with the parents of Michael Buday, as well as Jim Hansen's family. They too were generous and helpful in supplying me with the needed documentation and photos.
It was not an easy decision for any of the families and during some of the conversations, tears were shed as we brought back memories long suppressed. I hope every person who reads these entries remembers and appreciates the contribution these men and their families have made.
As I continue to be involved in the K9 world, the numbers continue to increase and it is particularly difficult when I add names to this list of officers I have personally known. It is saddening and often times frustrating to continue adding names to this list. It’s purpose is to keep the memories of these officers alive and to provide the public with a permanent testimony of the risks that K9 officers take daily. The courage, sacrifice and exemplary service provided by police dog handlers every day plays an integral part in public safety. The position of a dog handler places the officer in the highest risk category of the policing world, yet they do it because they love the job. Please take the time to honor the memories of these officers by reading their stories and remembering those who are still out their doing their jobs each night.
American K9 Officers
Canadian K9 Officers
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Police Service Dogs Killed In Action
Following is a collection of various incidents I have gathered over the years in my research into K9 involved incidents. These show the valor and courage of the K9 Officers and their four legged partners. I include these incidents to stress the realities of the job and to honor those dogs that have died in the line of duty. I do not know who wrote the following poems, but I know that it holds true for the police service dog. These articles are excerpts from the book "K9 Officer's Manual" by R.S. Eden
K9 Diogi- Polk County, FL
K9 Dakota- Puyallup Police Department, WA
K9 Nitro- Vancouver City Police Dept, BC Canada
K9 Arco- Indianapolis Police Dept. IN
K9 Vasko- St. Lucie Sheriff’s Dept. FL
K9 Klief- Salenas, CA
K9 Gero - Grand Junction, CO
K9 Faro - Norfolk, VA
K9 Rik - Bonneville, ID
K9 Rudy - Oxnard, CA
K9 Rudy - Las Vegas, NV
K9 Buddy - Bremerton, WA
K9 Shierkhan - Seattle, WA
K9 Atlas - Miami, FL
Charlie - Conway, AR
K9 Ismar- Leesville, LA
K9 Copper- Morganville, KS
K9 Quanto - Jacksonville, FL
K9 Titan Jacksonville, FL
K9 Sabre - Lansing, MI
K9 Callahan - St. Paul, MN
K9 Caesar - Edmonton, Alberta
K9 Laser - St. Paul, MN
K9 Solo - Monmouth County, NJ
K9 Aron - Nashville, TN
K9 Jake - Minneapolis, MN
R.C.M.P. PSD Chip - R.C.M.P., BC
K9 Ralph - North Lauderdale, FL
K9 Rondo - Vallejo, CA
K9 Kai - Bannock County Sheriff, ID
K9 Ajax - Lake County, IN
K9 Hondo - Hillsboro, OR
K9 Iron - Norfolk, VA
K9 Andy - Burlington, NC
K9 Zeiko - New Orleans, LA
K9 Rebel - Prince Georges, MD
K9 Sony - Ventura, CA
K9 Ward - Lewis County, WA
K9 Gero- Gainesville, FL
K9 Murph - Tempe Police, AZ
K9 Bear - Illinois State Police
K9 Ando - Indianapolis, IN
K9 Zack - King County, WA
K9 Liberty - Culver City, CA
K9 Billy - Sacramento, CA
K9 Marko - Los Angeles, CA
K9 Lucky - Clark County, WA
K9 Kim - Huntington Beach, CA
K9 Star - Kansas City, MO
K9 Rocco - Roselle, IL
K9 A-Axe - Osceola County, FL
K9 Hunter - Phoenix, AZ
"K9Atlas" - Special Dedication
"Shadow" - Special Dedication
"Sino" - Special Dedication
PSD Cindy - Royal Canadian Mounted Police, BC. This is a special dedication for this dog. PSD Cindy was the first police dog killed in the line of duty in BC
"Guardians Of The Night"
Trust in me my friend for I am your comrade. I will protect you with my last breath When all others have left you And the loneliness of the night closes in, I will be at your side.
Together we will conquer all obstacles, And search out those who might wish harm to others. All I ask of you is compassion, The caring touch of your hands. It is for you that I will unselfishly give my life And spend my nights unrested. Although our days together May be marked by the passing of the seasons Know that each day at your side is my reward.
My days are measured by The coming and going of your footsteps. I anticipate them at every opening of the door. You are the voice of caring when I am ill. The voice of authority when I've done wrong.
Do not chastise me unduly For I am your right arm, The sword at your side. I attempt to do only what you bid of me. I seek only to please you and remain in your favor.
Together you and I shall experience A bond only others like us will understand When outsiders see us together Their envy will be measured by their disdain.
I will quietly listen to you And pass no judgment, Nor will your spoken words be repeated I will remain ever silent, Ever vigilant, ever loyal. And when our time together is done And you move on in the world Remember me with kind thoughts and tales, For a time we were unbeatable, Nothing passed among us undetected.
If we should meet again on another street I will gladly take up your fight, I am a Police Working Dog and together We are guardians of the night.
"Called To Give My All"
I am a deputy in a canine crew.
I've been trained to see it through.
When danger's near my ears perk up,
they taught me that as a little pup.
I'm often there to protect your rights,
my presence sometimes hinders fights.
I never attack with thought to kill,
when subduing one, my job I fill.
I never worry a single thought,
as to how I'll fare at a certain spot.
The love I have for a handler's care,
is all I need, each day to fare.
And if some day my luck turns bad,
I'll relish all the joys I've had.
To be with men who stand for
good, in a special kind of brotherhood.
The story's end by now you know,
of how I tried for a better show.
I did my best, though I did fall,
when I was called and gave my all.
"The Working Dog"
My eyes are your eyes,
To watch and protect yours.
My ears are your ears ,
To hear and detect evil minds in the dark.
My nose is your nose,
To scent the invader of your domain.
And so you may live, my life is also yours.
Recommended Reading - Heros Without Question by Louise Krause - HARD COVER, Beautiful binding of 657 pages of memorials, photos, information, heroric inspirational stories, of all types working dogs and a few L.E. horses. And.... what life is really like being a K-9 partner. Every dog has his/her day filled with the love of a family and handler.
Would you like to make a difference?
Every year in Canada and in the United States police dogs give their lives in the service of mankind. Many police officers and citizens alike are alive today because of the actions of well trained police dogs. With today’s technology we are now in a position to better protect our K9 partners. With the development of special ballistic armor a number of police dogs have survived edge weapon and gun attacks and successfully apprehended suspects who would have otherwise been successful in defeating the dog and/or causing severe injury to those officers who were pursuing them. If you would like to make a difference and help to protect police dogs in your community, please take the time to visit the PAL Protect a Life Website and see what a very focused and dedicated 12 year old girl has been able to accomplish in protecting police dogs!