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In 1999, long-time Club Member and former President of the GSDC of No. Ohio, Gene Jasinski, attended a specialty in St. Louis and witnessed a Hero Dog Award Presentation. He came back to the German Shepherd Dog Club of Northern Ohio and was relentless in the idea that we should also Honor these wonderful working dogs. He asked Bil-Jac Foods and Jim Kelly if they would sponsor the program. They hopped right on. It took a long time to put together. Ever try to get information on K-9 Handlers and their partners from the Police? It was not an easy task. Everytime we hit a brick wall, Gene insisted that there were ways to get the information. Finally, after contacting Jim Watson from the North American Police Work Dog Association, we were able to put together a list of German Shepherd K-9 officers in Northern Ohio. And our adventure began. The first year we had only 6 responses; we have slowly grown to the numbers you see in front of us today. Sadly, we lost Gene in 2003, but I am sure he looks down on us every year with that little twinkle in his eye. Our Hero Dog Presentation is growing every year and it will be a lasting tribute to a man who loved the German Shepherd Dog and was dedicated to its work ethic.

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Now, Bil-Jac foods and the German Shepherd Dog Club of Northern Ohio are proud to present the 10th Annual Hero Dog Awards honoring the German Shepherd in K-9 Police work in Northern Ohio. The honor is based on their contributions during the 2009 calendar year.


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On 12/25/09, Mentor Police Department requested mutual aid for a track of a suspect who had just broken into a business. K-9 started track --- over four fences and between two businesses. K-9 began an air scent, which indicated suspect was getting close. After 3 loud warnings to suspect(s) to “give up or K-9 unit would be released”, suspect failed to give up. Suspect was found hiding behind a sign bolted to the side of a building. Suspect was ordered out, but refused to give up, so K-9 was sent in for a bite. Officer grabbed the suspect, and K-9 was called off. Suspect was resisting arrest and fighting with the officer so Handler sent K-9 in to bite the Suspect. He bit the Suspect on his buttocks. The Suspect had a 10-inch open knife in his front pocket at the time of his arrest. The suspect was in a stolen car from Tenn, and stolen license plates from southern Ohio. The Suspect broke into three businesses the night before and he had seven outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was linked to three burglaries within the city of Willoughby within the week prior to his arrest. This suspect was convicted in this case and took a plea bargain for a 10 year sentence.

2009 TOP HONOR for TRACKING/APPREHENSION goes to K-9 REBEL of the Willoughby Police Department along with his Partner, Patrolman David Burrington.

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Patrolman Jim Ennemoser and K-9 Aiko finished their initial training in April, 2009. On Sept. 6th, after only being on the road together for about 4 months, they were requested for a mutual aid tract to find the driver of a recovered stolen vehicle. The track took them thru backyards, over roadways, thru a cemetery and a wooded area, all with several changes of direction. Subject was heard running thru the wooded area and was then seen jumping a 5-foot fence. Ptl. Ennemoser warned the Suspect to stop or the K-9 would be sent. The Suspect stopped and laid down on the ground allowing officers to take her into custody.

TOP HONOR ROOKIE for 2009 goes to K-9 AIKO of the Kent Police Dept. with his Partner, Ptl. Jim Ennemoser.


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In January, 2009, this K-9 team observed a vehicle traveling at an extremely high rate of speed. Other police units were advised; team started pursuit and vehicle's speed increased. The vehicle eventually was observed parked on a large rock which prevented it from going further. Driver fled leaving behind an open beer in the cupholder. K-9 Ekko started a track. After a somewhat long track with many twists and turns a male matching the fleeing Subject's description came out from behind a shed with his hands up, advising “I'm right here --- I give up”. Subject admitted he gave up when he saw the dog tracking his path --- and begged officers not to let the dog bite him. K-9 Ekko was also instrumental in numerous marijuana and drug paraphernalia finds, including one in a locker in a high school drug sweep.

2009 TOP HONOR for TRACKING/NARCOTICS DETECTION goes to K-9 EKKO of the Eastlake Police Department with his Partner, Ptl. John McCauley.


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In 2009, K-9 Nero and his Handler were recipients of the Acts of Courage Award by the American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties. The following was written regarding the specific incident that garnered this award: On May 1, the Stow Police Department received a call describing an armed robbery in progress at a local convenience store. A store clerk had been shot in the stomach. Two Stow police officers, accompanied by K-9 Officer Nero, arrived at the store just as the suspects fled the scene. They immediatley began pursuit which led to a high-speed chase. When the suspect's car finally crashed on Tallmadge Circle, the officers leapt from their cruiser and ordered the men to get out of the car and lie face down on the ground. One of the suspects refused to obey the order and stayed on his knees near the car. When he reached inside the car, the officers believed that he was reaching for a weapon and gave Nero the order to apprehend the Suspect. Nero quickly subdued the man and kept him at bay until the officers could secure him with handcuffs. Thanks to Nero's expert training and loyalty to the officers, the suspects were taken into custody without additional shots being fired.

2009 TOP HONOR for APPREHENSION goes to K-9 NERO of the Stow Police Department here today with his Partner, Officer Ted Bell.

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Deputy Jim Dhayer and K-9 Phantom, along with other Geauga County deputies were requested for assistance from a neighboring County regarding a shooting complaint. Upon arrival at scene, the deputies were advised that a vehicle containing 3 males had shot at another vehicle. The suspect vehicle had pulled into a drive. Two males fled on foot – one male was taken into custody at the scene. It was not known if the fleeing Suspects were armed. Deputy Dhayer and K-9 Phantom began a track from the vehicle. The track went down the driveway, between 2 barns to a parking area where several vehicles were parked. A noise was heard coming from one of the vehicles. K-9 was released and wen to the rear of a car; stayed there while Deputy checked the vehicle and observed male lying in rear seat. Deputy gave verbal commands to Suspect; driver's side door was opened and K-9 Phantom entered car and began barking. K-9 was recalled. The Suspect was ordered to the ground and was taken into custody. No weapon was found on or near the Suspect. As a result of K-9 Phantom's track and presence at the scene of the vehicle, the second suspect was taken into custody without any additional danger to the deputies on the scene.

2009 TOP HONOR for TRACKING/APPREHENSION goes to K-9 PHANTOM of the Geauga County Sheriff's Office with his Partner, Deputy Jim Dhayer.

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Patrolman David Trend, who resides in Euclid, was off duty and taking a shower. His family told him that there was some sort of police activity in the neighborhood. Ptl. Trend looked outside and observed a Euclid Police Officer in foot pursuit of a male through the rear yard of his neighbor's home. Ptl. Trend, still soaking wet, armed himself and retrieved his Partner, K-9 Gunnar, and joined in the search for the suspect. Upon speaking with officers, he learned that the Suspect was fleeing from a stolen car. K-9 Gunnar was deployed on a track and began leading officers through several backyards. After a short time, the suspect was located hiding under a bush in backyard. The suspect was repeatedly ordered to show his hands and surrender to police. He refused to do so, and K-9 Gunnar was ordered to apprehend. Gunnar bit the suspect on his right upper arm, at which time he was taken into custody.

2009 TOP HONOR for TRACKING/APPREHENSION goes to K-9 GUNNAR of the Euclid Police Department along with his Partner, Patrolman David Trend.

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On November 1st, Euclid Police officers responded to a disturbance at a local bar involving a customer who threatened to become involved in a disturbance with other patrons. During the disturbance, the suspect made repeated threats that he was going to return with a gun and “shoot up” the bar. As officers arrived, the suspect and a friend were seen leaving the bar. They were ordered to stop. The friend complied and the suspect continued to walk away. He was ordered to show his hands and repeatedly refused. As officers attempted to take him into custody, they recovered a .38 caliber semi-automatic pistol. As officers attempted to direct the suspect to the ground, he began to resist arrest and free himself from the grasp of the Euclid officers. Pt. Janson, who had deployed K-9 Beny on lead, ordered Beny to apprehend the suspect. Beny bit the suspect on his right leg, causing him to fall to the ground, where officers were able to gain control of him.

2009 TOP HONOR for APPREHENSION goes to K-9 BENY of the Euclid Police Dept. here today with his Partner, Patrolman Mike Janson.


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This year, Narcotics Detection seemed to be the strongest work area for K-9 SABER of the Lake County Sheriff's Office. During 2009, this K-9 had numerous narcotic sniffs with recovery of ecstasy pills, marijuana, powder cocaine and paraphernalia. One situation has Saber do a narcotics search of the exterior of a car. K-9 indicated at the passenger side door. On entering the vehicle, a box was located behind the drivers seat and the K-9 again indicated. Located inside the box was marijuana and drug paraphernalia. In another incident, a traffic stop, the two females inside car were nervous and evasive. They were asked to exit the car --- then an exterior sniff for narcotics was conducted on the vehicle. When advised of this, the two females indicated there was marijuana inside the car and they did not want the K-9 searching it. Due to their admission and permission to search inside the car, marijuana and drug paraphernalia was located. Both females indicated that when they were stopped, they heard the dog barking and knew they were in trouble.

2009 TOP HONOR for NARCOTICS DETECTION goes to K-9 SABER of the Lake County Sheriff's Officer with his Partner, Deputy Alan Moon.


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Our next team responded to a report of an attempted robbery. As officers arrived in the area, a suspicious vehicle was observed. When officers attempted to stop car, it fled at high speeds, nearly striking several police cars. Ptl. Alcantara became involved and the pursuit where the suspects abandoned their vehicle and fled on foot through the back yards of the neighborhood. K-9 Max began tracking one of the suspects and led officers to a garage. K-9 Handler made several warnings; no reply; K-9 was sent into garage for building search. He located and engaged Suspect, who was hiding under a parked vehicle. He was taken into custody without injury to officers. In December, Officer tried to stop a car for a traffic violation. The driver attempted to flee on foot. K-9 and Partner attempted a chase; then K-9 Max was commanded to apprehend. As Max engaged the Suspect, he threw a bag of suspected narcotics on the ground and began to struggle with K-9 in attempt to escape. The Suspect was handcuffed and found tohave an outstanding felony warrant for drug trafficking. He was also in possession of crack cocaine and nearly $1,000 in cash.

2009 TOP HONOR FOR TRACKING/APPREHENSION goes to K-9 MAX of the Euclid Police Department with his Partner, Patrolman Jose Alcantara.


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The year 2009 was K-9 Major and Officer Merchant's 6th complete year together. During the year, K-9 Major located 7 Subjects while conducting tracks, building searches, and area searches. In 3 of the apprehensions, K-9 Major engaged Subjects in order to effect the arrest. In one incident, officers were dispatched to a building to locate a male that had active felony warrants out on him. The male had a history of violence and was a strong escape risk. After the apartment in question was cleared of occupants and it was determined that Subject was still hiding inside, K-9 Major was deployed. K-9 Major located the male hiding under a pile of clothes behind a couch and engaged him. The Subject resisted officers attempts to remove him from the clothes pile. K-9 Major was able to remove the Subject from the clothes to a position where officers were able to determine he was unarmed. Subject was arrested. In another situation, a male was waiting to appear in a Garfield Hts. court room. He fled, was confronted by the court bailiff, assaulted the bailiff and fled building with officers in pursuit. K-9 Major and his Partner responded (they were in downtown Cleveland at the time). After a track, the subject was spotted. A foot pursuit ensued with K-9 Major chasing the Subject over fences. K-9 Major apprehended the Subject and engaged him. K-9 Major was called off and Officer Merchant was able to take the Subject into custody. In light of K-9 Major's body of work for 2009 and the potentially dangerous situations he faced,

THE GENE JASINSKI HERO DOG AWARD for OUTSTANDING K-9 SERVICE for 2009 goes to K-9 MAJOR from the Garfield Heights Police Department and his Partner, Patrolman Dale Merchant.


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Our next Honoree had a year filled with Tracking, Apprehension, Narcotics Detection and Community Service. In one situation, as the victim was closing up a pizza shop for the night, a masked suspect armed with a sawed-off shotgun pointed it at her as she was leaving the store. She ran back into store and called police. As police arrived, suspect vehicle was observed leaving scene. Following short pursuit, suspects bailed from car and fled into residential area. K-9 Rex was deployed on track. He first led officers to Suspect's discarded jacket. The track continued for several streets and ended in back yard; indication was made at a children's playhouse where one suspect was found hiding. A sawed-off shot gun and a sawed-off high powered rifled, which were used in the robbery, were recovered by the officers. A second suspect was arrested by police detectives a short time later. Both suspects were convicted and currently serving prison sentences for the armed robbery. (In another incident, a resident reported hearing several people break into his home. As police arrived, 3 suspects fled from the house. Two suspects were taken into custody by responding officers and a third suspect was observed running into a nearby backyard. Suspect tried to conceal himself in a snowdrift, however he was located and surrendered to patrol officer and K-9 Officer. As officer attempted to take him into custody, Suspect began to violently resist arrest and he was tased. The Taser was ineffective and Suspect continued to resist arrest and reached into his waistband. K-9 Rex was deployed and apprehended him on the leg and armpit, allowing officers to handcuff him. The 3 suspects were convicted of burglary.

2009 TOP HONOR for VERSATILITY goes to K-9 REX of the South Euclid Police Department here with his Partner, Patrolman Mike Fink.


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The Fairport Harbor Police K-9 Unit also shined this year in Narcotics Detection. K-9 Zeus had 106 narcotics searches. In one, she assisted the DEA, FBI and Lake County Narcotics unit to execute search warrants at multiple locations. K-9 located $4.000 in cash and ecstasy which had been hooked to a curtain rod. A total of four arrests were made. In another incident, during a search K-9 Zeus assisted in locating cocaine and marijuana that had been packaged for sale. The suspect who was arrested also had an outstanding felony warrant for trafficking in drugs. K-9 Zeus also assisted as SWAT executed a search warrant at a residence. US currency and an unknown amount of crack cocaine was located. Officers found that numerous items had been “fenced” at this location. Because of this search, officers were able to solve numerous burglaries and eventually get the stolen items back to the victims.

2009 TOP HONOR for NARCOTICS DETECTION goes to K-9 ZEUS of the Fairport Harbor Police Department here today with his Partner, Patrolman Ronald L. Campbell II.


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Over the last 5 years, K-9 Jessy of the Kent Police Department was recognized in many Top Honor categories, including protection, tracking and narcotics detection. In one incident, her Handler, Jim Ennemoser, was in pursuit of a Subject who had been involved in a fight. Subject turned and attempted to assault the officer. Jessy reacted, based on her training, to the aggressive behavior of the Subject and bit Subject's arm, taking him to the ground. K-9 act prevented Patrolman Ennemoser from being injured by the impending fight that would have occurred. In another situation, Jessy was instrumental in giving a positive alert to narcotic odor on a small airplane, which ultimately revealed 30 kilos of cocaine worth about $700,000 before being broken down and sold. This was the largest cocaine bust in Kent Police Department history. Last year at the time of our Awards Presentation, Jessy was very sick. A short time thereafter, Jim lost Jessy. At this time, we would like to present her Partner, Jim Ennemoser, this plaque to HONOR the MEMORY of K-9 JESSY for her DEVOTION TO DUTY.


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Our next Honoree had numerous successful tracks. Here are just a few examples: tracked and located hit skip DUI Suspect that left the scene of an accident after injuring other motorists, got into second accident and fled from his vehicle into a wooded area; tracked and located elderly female with Alzheimers that wandered from her home in the middle of the night; tracked and located 2 males breaking into cars in a residential neighborhood and after successful track, K-9 was sent for a successful apprehension of both males; provided mutual aid track in which a suicidal male had left almost an hour earlier after taking pills and threatening suicide; and tracked and located a male that escaped a detention/transport vehicle in a residential neighborhood. The male was being held as a sexually violent offender. He was tracked thru a residential neighborhood, eventually locating him on the grounds of a school that was in session.

2009 TOP HONOR for TRACKING goes to K-9 NIKO of the Mentor Police Department here with his Partner, Patrolman Joe Primiano.


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The highlight for 2009 for our next K-9 had to do with an assist for another community on a currency sniff. K-9 wasted no time locating the currency which provided a key component to the subsequent seizure of nearly $11,000 in the narcotics case. There were numerous other assists: two located marijuana and cocaine; one located suspect in narcotics deal/home invasion hiding in woods; one found 7 grams crack in vehicle search; plus finding drug paraphernalia.

2009 TOP HONOR for APPREHENSION goes to K-9 DEUCE of the Mentor Police Department with his Partner, Patrolman Ron Gunton.


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On October 18th South Euclid Police responded to a report of a burglary at a residence. Upon arrival, the home was found to be vacant and forced entry was observed on the rear porch. Following repeated K-9 warning announcements, K-9 was deployed into home on a building search. K-9 gave a positive alert in the hallway on the second floor. An initial search by officers did not locate any suspects. K-9 was redeployed on a secondary search and again alerted at the top of the stairs between two bedrooms. A subsequent, more thorough search of the upstairs resulted in a suspect being located in void between the second floor ceiling and the stairwell. He was taken into custody without incident.

2009 TOP HONOR for APPREHENSION goes to K-9 RECON of the South Euclid Police Dept. with his Partner, Patrolman Miles Blansette.

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In October, 2009, K-9 Eliot Ness and Deputy Sandra Lesko were requested by the FBI, Cleveland Division and the Lorain County Sheriff's Office to search an area for a suspected grave site for a missing male. The first area searched had negative results. The second area to be searched was a grass path between a soybean field and a wooded area. The tracking search was started. Shortly after the search began, the K-9 began sniffing into the area of the woods. An opening in the woods was found and the search continued. K-9 Eliot suddenly began sniffing intensely at what appeared to be a pile of old and rotted wood scraps. K-9 went down at the pile which indicated the presence of the odor of human remains. A search of the pile of wood scraps by the scene investigators, revealed the body of the missing person. It should be noted that investigators were in the area previously and were within yards of the pile of wood scraps. The body was not located at that time. The area where the body was found was heavily wooded. Without the use of the K-9, the victim may have not been located.

2009 TOP HONOR for HUMAN REMAINS DETECTION goes to K-9 ELIOT NESS of the Geauga County Sheriff's Department with his Partner, Deputy Sandy Lesko.
Side Note: Eliot was bred by our own, Edith Leonard

 

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The Kent Police Department received calls regarding a home invasion in progress. Three of the Suspects were stopped and after a search of their car, all of the stolen equipment was recovered. But two more suspects were still loose in the area. Police searched the area for several hours with no luck. Then officer stopped two suspicious males that fit the description of the suspects. As the back-up officer arrived, the suspects assaulted the initial officer. One suspect was subdued, the other escaped. Patrolman Gilliland took his K-9 and joined the search. He stood in the shadows of a 3-story building; watched and listened. Someone was heard cutting thru some bushes. After observation it was determined that this male fit the description of the one who assaulted the officer. Suspect was warned to stop or K-9 would be sent. The suspect turned and looked at Officer and K-9. A second warning was given. The suspect took off running. K-9 Felo was given apprehension command and he immediately took off. Final warning was given to suspect before release of dog. The chase crossed a road, went thru a wooded area, to a clearing where Felo apprehended Suspect by his left arm. The suspect fought Felo, hitting him, tearing his jacket to get away. Felo checked back with his Handler, who sent him back after the Suspect. K-9 took off, gained on Suspect at RR tracks. Felo jumped and bit suspect on back of his head and went down his neck to grab shoulder. K-9 pulled suspect down and started pulling him over RR tracks. Felo outed on command. While officer tried to contain Suspect, he tried bucking officer off his back --- which resulted in a quite bite to Suspect's head. Subject stopped fighting and was taken into custody.

2009 TOP HONOR for APPREHENSION/PROTECTION goes to K-9 FELO of the Kent Police Dept. with his Partner, Martin Gilliland.

 

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During 2009 K-9 Malek and Deputy James Scheirer handled complaints that included track attempts, drug searches, building searches, K-9 demonstrations, search warrant executions and school locker searches. Besides the Defiance County Sheriff's Office, several local, county, state and federal agencies were assisted. In one incident, the K-9 Malek gave a positive alert on vehicle stopped by the Ohio State Patrol. A search found marijuana paraphernalia, as well as a loaded, stolen handgun underneath the driver's seat. In another situation, Officer was conducting his nightly business checks. Because it was the last check of the night, Officer left K-9 in his cruiser. A male subject was observed near the back door of a business. Subject did not respond to Officer's verbal commands and took off into the darkness. Due to circumstances, Officer could not pursue Subject himself. He gave warnings, released K-9 (who had been blind to the entire situation) from cruiser and gave order to find and engage Subject. Officer heard Subject asking that K-9 be called off. When Officer approached Subject asking him to show his hands, Subject refused. K-9 Malek was then given a reinforced command to engage; Subject then complied. Subject was taken into custody.

2009 TOP HONOR for VERSATILITY goes to K-9 MALEK of the Defiance County Sheriff's Office with his Partner, Deputy James P. Scheier.

 

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In 1983, Lt. Tom McCaffrey had the first K-9 unit in Geauga county. K-9 Bandit was trained for narcotics and patrol, and because of their hard work and dedication, they were responsible for many felony, misdemeanor narcotics arrests thruout the County. As a result of Lt. McCaffrey and K-9 Bandit efforts, the Chardon Police added a K-9 Unit and a second K-9 team was added to Geauga County. K-9 Sheba was Lt. McCaffrey's second K-9 Partner and their record equaled that of K-9 Bandit. Lt. McCaffrey became a trainer for the North American Police work Dog Association. He was responsible for establishing the Geauga County Sheriff's Office Canine Basic Training Program and was responsible for teaching new and experienced K-9 teams. Although he had all these responsibilities, including being in charge of the Geauga County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit, Lt. McCaffrey's desire to be a handler/trainer never stopped and in 2000 he started training his third K-9, Brutus. Their efforts as Partners mirrored that of K-9's Bandit and Sheba. In 2009 Lt. McCaffrey and K-9 Brutus retired from the Geauga County Sheriff's Office. As Deputy Mike Matsik states “Mac's laughter, stories and experience will be greatly missed, but we as handlers know that we can still call on him to draw on his knowledge, expertise and experience.”

At this time, we would like to award a SPECIAL RECOGNITION for LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT to Lt. Tom McCaffrey and his personal Hero Dogs, K-9 BANDIT, K-9 SHEBA and K-9 BRUTUS.

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In 2001, three of the Geauga K-9 officers and their handlers had been requested to go to New York City to serve in the aftermath of the World Trade Center. One of these teams was K-9 Brutus and Lt. McCaffrey. As a result of this, a Special Commendation in Honor of Service to 9-11 was given to Brutus. As you have heard, Brutus (who was bred by our own Edith Leonard), was a great narcotics and patrol K-9, who after 9 years of service retired in October along with his Partner, Lt. McCaffrey. Sadly, Mac lost Brutus this past ______________. Today, we would like to present Mac this plaque to HONOR the MEMORY of K-9 BRUTUS for his DEVOTION to DUTY.

 

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In 2009, K-9 Nero and his Handler were recipients of the Acts of Courage Award by the American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties. The following was written regarding the specific incident that garnered this award: On May 1, the Stow Police Department received a call describing an armed robbery in progress at a local convenience store. A store clerk had been shot in the stomach. Two Stow police officers, accompanied by K-9 Officer Nero, arrived at the store just as the suspects fled the scene. They immediatley began pursuit which led to a high-speed chase. When the suspect's car finally crashed on Tallmadge Circle, the officers leapt from their cruiser and ordered the men to get out of the car and lie face down on the ground. One of the suspects refused to obey the order and stayed on his knees near the car. When he reached inside the car, the officers believed that he was reaching for a weapon and gave Nero the order to apprehend the Suspect. Nero quickly subdued the man and kept him at bay until the officers could secure him with handcuffs. Thanks to Nero's expert training and loyalty to the officers, the suspects were taken into custody without additional shots being fired.

2009 TOP HONOR for APPREHENSION goes to K-9 NERO of the Stow Police Department here today with his Partner, Officer Ted Bell.

 

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Deputy Jim Dhayer and K-9 Phantom, along with other Geauga County deputies were requested for assistance from a neighboring County regarding a shooting complaint. Upon arrival at scene, the deputies were advised that a vehicle containing 3 males had shot at another vehicle. The suspect vehicle had pulled into a drive. Two males fled on foot – one male was taken into custody at the scene. It was not known if the fleeing Suspects were armed. Deputy Dhayer and K-9 Phantom began a track from the vehicle. The track went down the driveway, between 2 barns to a parking area where several vehicles were parked. A noise was heard coming from one of the vehicles. K-9 was released and wen to the rear of a car; stayed there while Deputy checked the vehicle and observed male lying in rear seat. Deputy gave verbal commands to Suspect; driver's side door was opened and K-9 Phantom entered car and began barking. K-9 was recalled. The Suspect was ordered to the ground and was taken into custody. No weapon was found on or near the Suspect. As a result of K-9 Phantom's track and presence at the scene of the vehicle, the second suspect was taken into custody without any additional danger to the deputies on the scene.

2009 TOP HONOR for TRACKING/APPREHENSION goes to K-9 PHANTOM of the Geauga County Sheriff's Office with his Partner, Deputy Jim Dhayer.

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Patrolman David Trend, who resides in Euclid, was off duty and taking a shower. His family told him that there was some sort of police activity in the neighborhood. Ptl. Trend looked outside and observed a Euclid Police Officer in foot pursuit of a male through the rear yard of his neighbor's home. Ptl. Trend, still soaking wet, armed himself and retrieved his Partner, K-9 Gunnar, and joined in the search for the suspect. Upon speaking with officers, he learned that the Suspect was fleeing from a stolen car. K-9 Gunnar was deployed on a track and began leading officers through several backyards. After a short time, the suspect was located hiding under a bush in backyard. The suspect was repeatedly ordered to show his hands and surrender to police. He refused to do so, and K-9 Gunnar was ordered to apprehend. Gunnar bit the suspect on his right upper arm, at which time he was taken into custody.

2009 TOP HONOR for TRACKING/APPREHENSION goes to K-9 GUNNAR of the Euclid Police Department along with his Partner, Patrolman David Trend.

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