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2006 HERO DOG AWARDS

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Announcer Marci Shanker

Bil-Jac Foods and The German Shepherd Dog Club of Northern Ohio have come together again this year to honor the German Shepherd in K-9 Police Work in Northern Ohio. The Honor is based on their contributions during the calendar year 2005.

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Don Brantner, Regional Sales Manager for Biljac presents the awards


Our first Honoree and his Partner were involved in numerous apprehension and protection situations. In one, the K-9 was deployed from the patrol car and apprehended a burglary suspect fleeing from officers; in another the K-9 tracked a suspect fleeing from the scene of a car accident, and when found, resisted arrest, but K-9 apprehended suspect, who was believed to be under the influence of heroin, without injury to officers present. And last April this K-9 took part in a Homeland Security detail at Lakeland Community College to assist in the protection detail for a visit by President George W. Bush. His assignment was to a perimeter security post and tasked with providing protection protection for the U.S. Marine Corp helicopters while the President was on campus
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Our TOP HONOR for PROTECTION for 2005 goes to K-9 REX of the South Euclid Police Dept, here today with his Partner, Patrolman Michael Fink.

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Our second Honoree today responded to a neighboring police department to investigate a pick-up truck pulled over in their community. It was suspected that the driver was concealing large amounts of drugs. The K-9 was walked around the truck. When he arrived at the rear tailgate, K-9 began to bark and scratch at it. A search of the rear of the truck was conducted. Results: 200 pounds of marijuana, 2 kilos of cocaine --- and later in suspect's hotel room $193,000.00 in U.S. currency. Street value of drugs confiscated was over $250,000.00

Our TOP HONOR for SUBSTANCE DETECTION for 2005 is K-9 RADAR with his Partner, Sgt. Sean Flanigan, of the Cleveland Metroparks Rangers.

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Our next Honoree just finished her second full year on the road. Although she is very active with her school visitations, she seems to shine in the area of narcotics detection. In one situation, after occupants of a suspected crack cocaine manufacturing location were secured, K-9 searched residence and located 114.35 grams of crack cocaine and 294.34 grams of powder cocaine. These were found in a safe that K-9 found buried in a closet under a comforter. This drug seizure was the largest in the Fairport Harbor Police Dept. history and 50% more than the Lake County Narcotics Agency seized of that drug during the entire year. From this incident alone, three subjects were arrested on felony drug charges and two of them were indicted as Major Drug Offenders. In another incident, this K-9 alerted to over 5 pounds of marijuana and $3,000.00 in U.S. currency resulting in four occupants of the vehicle being arrested on felony drug charges.

TOP HONOR for NARCOTICS DETECTION for 2005 is K-9 ZEUS of the Fairport Harbor Police Department. She is here today with her Partner, Officer Ron Campbell II.

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Community Service is an integral part of K-9 work. When the public is comfortable with these wonderful animals, the necessary police work they do is more accepted. This next Honoree has been involved in demonstrations and visits at numerous venues such as Mutt Strut, Kop-n-Kids, Working Dog Weekend, Law Days and Dog Days of Summer at the Lake County Captains Stadium. Patrolling city parks and retail areas frequently, and conducting high visibility patrols in ares of his concentration of people, results in great positive public relations for the Police Department

TOP HONOR for COMMUNITY SERVICE 2005 goes to K-9 BRONCO and her Partner, Patrolman Rich Gerber of the Mentor Police Department.

Bronco's life ended tragically Fall 2006. He will be sorely missed by the Gerber family. Our sympathies for their loss.

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Again this year we are honoring two K-9's in the area of Tracking. The first Tracking K-9 was instrumental in tracking evidence in an incident where there had been forced entry with guns into a residence. Upon officers' arrival, it was learned a stabbing had occurred and the suspects had fled. Once the area was secured, witnesses identified and crime scene perimeter established, K-9 was given the article/evidence search command. First K-9 tracked and indicated a folding knife. She next indicated a broken knife blade. No further articles of evidence were found. Another track was conducted on a subject that fled from a traffic stop. The total track was about 250 yards in 20*F cold, over 2 4' fences, but successful in the apprehension of the subject found hiding in the front driver's seat of a car parked in the garage.

TOP HONOR for TRACKING 2005 goes to K-9 JESSY of the Kent Police Department along with her Partner, Patrolman James Ennemoser.

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Our second Tracking K-9 had three really good tracks. In March, 2005 officers were dispatched for a suicidal female that had fled prior to officers arrival. Officer and K-9 attempted to track female from where she was last seen. K-9 tracked her to underneath a large pine tree in a neighbor's yard. In June, an officer became involved in a slow speed pursuit after investigating a hit skip accident involving a city vehicle. The pursuit was terminated after the driver increased speed. The fleeing vehicle got involved in another car accident in which a small child was ejected from the car that was struck. The driver of the fleeing vehicle took off on foot. K-9 officer was brought in to track this driver. After tracking through numerous backyards and between garages, K-9 became very excited and interested in one garage. Dog was deployed into the garage where he showed high interest high in the garage. The male was located hiding in the rafters under a large pile of clothes and misc. items. Subject was taken into custody without incident. It was discovered that 4 out of 5 vehicles parked on this property were stolen.

TOP HONOR for TRACKING 2005 goes to K-9 MAJOR of the Garfield Heights Police Department with his Partner, Patrolman Dale Merchant.

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Our next Honoree is just about to complete his 9th year of service. Due to some geriatric issues, his projected retirement is set for this month. During 2005, this K-9 handled 57 incidents and was directly responsible for arresting/locating 22 people and evidence 21 times. He was involved in 38 narcotics incidents. This K-9 has also been very active in Community Relations, visiting schools, the Lake Metroparks Working Dog Weekend, Halloween Car Cruise, National Night Out Against Crime, plus much more. When he first began working the road May 18, 1997, he was the only K-9 in Lake County. A few months later, 2 K-9's were added in Mentor. Now Lake County has 11 active K-9's and 2 in training. His partner wrote to us "though I am biased, I think over the 9 years he has been working with me, he has been an invaluable asset to the department, and the best partner any officer could ask for. Thank you for giving me a chance to brag about my partner and best friend".

Now, as we did last year, we again award TOP HONOR VETERAN for 2005 to K-9 MARCO and Patrolman Richard Greer of the Eastlake Police Department.

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Throughout the year, this K-9 was part of a unit that responded to numerous calls for assistance involving tracking and area and building searches. His searches and tracks led to an intruder, a motor vehicle theft suspect, a railroad property trespasser and suspected burglar, and a man with several felony warrants who assaulted his 8-month pregnant wife.
In light of his general accomplishments, we are giving this SPECIAL RECOGNITION for
K-9 SERVICE to K-9 CODI
of the Kent Police Department and her handler, Patrolman Norman Jacobs.


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In May, 2002, K-9 Barkley of the Beaver Police Department was honored as Outstanding Community Service and Education Dog of 2001. Sadly, Barkley passed away January, 2006. Also that day we presented K-9 Gondo, representing the Geauga County Sheriff's Office, a Special commendation in honor of his service to 9-11. He was scheduled to retire in April this year, but suddenly passed away April 2nd.

At this time, we would like to present Barkley's Partner, Officer Daniel Lewis, and Gondo's Partner, Sandy Lesko, with Memorial Plaques in their honor.

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Our last Honoree today was actually nominated by another officer. Although all accomplish-ments for 2005 were great acts of police work, two seemed to stand out. Three days after completing the K-9 aca


Bil-Jac Dog Foods and the German Shepherd Dog Club of Northern Ohio is proud to announce the establishment of our HERO DOG HALL OF FAME. This will recognize a K-9 whose service has set him apart and been overall outstanding throughout his career. Our first inductee has been the recipient of the Gene Jasinski Hero Dog Award in both 2001 and 2004. K-9 Thunder retired from the Mentor Police Department earlier this year after eight full years as Partner to Officer Ron Gunton. He has had an outstanding, wonderful career that included 830 officer assists, 412 preventive actions, 101 tracks, 283 narcotic searches, 73 felony arrests, 462 community policing activities, 17,218 public contact events, 2,132 training exercises, 3,839.75 training hours, plus much, much more. He is very much loved in his home and his community. After attending his retirement party, I think Ron has to keep an eye on him as I believe there are a number of members of that police department who would love to make Thunder a member of their own family. Ron told a story, actually a couple stories, but one that stuck in my mind --- one evening while trying to leave the department, Thunder was missing. Ron couldn't find him anywhere -- he kept calling him, but he didn't come. Then one of the officers told him to check the lieutenant's office. He goes up, turns on the light and there was Thunder eating the leftover pizza out of the box. Ron's comment --- He's a dog. These are great animals who do great and remarkable things, but bottomline, they're dogs.

READ: NOSEPRINTS by Ron Gunton

At this time we would like to present K-9 THUNDER this plaque representing his induction into the Bil-Jac Dog Foods and GSDC of No. Ohio Hero Dog Hall of Fame.

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Our last Honoree today was actually nominated by another officer. Although all accomplish-ments for 2005 were great acts of police work, two seemed to stand out. Three days after completing the K-9 academy, officer and K-9 made a traffic stop on a vehicle for traffic violation. While speaking to the occupants, officer noticed some criminal indicators of drug activity. Both males were arrested for traffic violations or active warrants. Although a positive indication of drugs was made by K-9, nothing was found. Officer remembered the subjects had stated they had dropped a vehicle off for repair at a local repair shop. The vehicle was found, K-9 checked the exterior of the vehicle. A search warrant was obtained and officers found 10 kilos of cocaine inside a bag which had a masking agent of bearing grease and mustard seeds on the cocaine to prevent K-9 detection. It did not work!

In the next situation, while on patrol in July, officer noticed a male who appeared to be involved in possible drug activity. This male was pushing a small child inside a stroller. Officer stopped him. Man became indifferent with Officer and began to assault him by first throwing the stroller, with child still inside, at Officer. During the fight, K-9 engaged the male in the back of the leg. The male then took his attention off the officer and began to assault K-9 by physically ripping him off the back of his leg and then raising him in the air and slamming him head-first into the ground. The male then straddled the dog who was on the ground and began to forcefully strike his head into the concrete. The Officer struck the male numerous times in attempts to stop this assault on his partner. He finally was able to knock the male off the dog. The dog got back up and then re-engaged the male in the chest, thus preventing the male from throwing any more punches at either Officer or K-9. Other officers responded to the scene and were able to arrest the male. K-9 was examined by vet and it was determined he had minor injuries. Officer suffered a broken collar bone and torn rotator cuff.

This was a very violent attack on both officer and K-9. The officer described the attack to the nominating officer as a "fight for his life". It may very well be possible that Corporal Mastnardo owes his life to K-9 Dar and his actions on that day. We will never know what might have happened if Dar had not been there to protect his handler. He may have lost his life at the hands of this male.

THE GENE JASINSKI HERO DOG AWARD for OUTSTANDING BRAVERY AND PROTECTION IN THE LINE OF DUTY goes to K-9 DAR from the Shaker Heights Police Department, here today with his Partner, Corporal Rick Mastnardo.

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This was a very violent attack on both officer and K-9. The officer described the attack to the nominating officer as a "fight for his life". It may very well be possible that Corporal Mastnardo owes his life to K-9 Dar and his actions on that day. We will never know what might have happened if Dar had not been there to protect his handler. He may have lost his life at the hands of this male.

THE GENE JASINSKI HERO DOG AWARD for OUTSTANDING BRAVERY AND PROTECTION IN THE LINE OF DUTY goes to K-9 DAR from the Shaker Heights Police Department, here today with his Partner, Corporal Rick Mastnardo.

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