Valour Row

Honour Roll - Police Service Dog Monument

The Following is the HONOUR ROLL for the Canadian Police Canine Association

The Following Police Service Dogs, all died while on active duty with a Police Agency.

All of these dogs are featured on the above Police Service Dog Monument located at the RCMP Dog training facility in Innisfail, Alberta.

Note: Tours of this Monument as well as the RCMP Dog training facility can be made throughout the summer on Wednesday Afternoons.


HONOUR ROLL - Police Service Dogs that died while in active service for a Police Agency


PSD REV #768

PSD REV #768

On June 14, 2013 Sgt MacINNIS and his partner, PSD REV, were on duty returning to Dauphin, Manitoba from Edmonton, Alberta. When they were near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan their patrol vehicle was struck by a second vehicle that had run a stop sign. The damage to the patrol vehicle was extensive. As a result of the collision PSD REV suffered injuries severe enough that the decision had to be made to relieve him of his suffering and he was euthanized. Sgt MacINNIS was also severely injured in the collision but is well on his way to making a full recovery.

PSD REV will be added to the Canadian Police Service Dog National Monument, located at the RCMP Training Kennels, in a memorial ceremony to be held on September 26, 2013.

PSD FRED

PSD FRED PSD FRED

On the morning of April 9, 2008, Police Service Dog Fred and his handler, Sgt. Marcel Guilbault, were summoned to Albany, Nova Scotia to assist in the search for a missing man. William Dalton Lewis, 77 years of age, was a hermit who had been living in a remote campsite in the woods for more than 20 years. He had been reported to be in poor health and had not been seen or heard from for several days.

Shortly after arriving on scene, Fred was struck and killed on the highway by a passing SUV. Officers did not witness the accident, and the driver of the vehicle failed to stop.

Fred, a three-year-old German Shepherd Dog, had just recently finished his training at the RCMP Police Dog Training Centre in Innisfail, Alberta. Guilbault described him as a remarkably bright dog who only had to be shown something once.

Fred was a member of the Chester, Nova Scotia RCMP detachment.

PSD Rocky

PSD Rocky

On November 30, 2003, Police Service Dog Rocky and his handler, Cst. Darcy Brandt, were tracking a suspect who had fled on foot.

After following his trail through streets, alleys and yards, Rocky located the suspect hiding in dense bushes. When the suspect refused orders from police to come out, Rocky went into the bushes after him. As a result, the suspect was apprehended.

Rocky appeared to have suffered minor injuries during the arrest, however a veterinary exam and X-rays revealed that his chest had been punctured by a tree branch during the altercation.

Between December 2003 and July 2007, Rocky underwent five surgeries to remove the fragmented branch that had begun to spread throughout his body. During this time, he continued to work and was very successful in locating criminals and drugs. 

Sadly, on July 29, 2007, Rocky died while recovering from his fifth surgery. Veterinarians later discovered that a fragment of wood from the original injury had become lodged in his pancreas, which lead to the complications that claimed his life.

Knowing that Rocky had worked for three and a half years despite his internal injuries shows just what an extraordinary police dog he was.

PSD HRAIN

See: Police Dogs killed in the line of duty.

PSD NITRO

See: Police Dogs killed in the line of duty.

PSD GINO

PSD GINO PSD GINO

PSD Gino, a German Shepherd Dog, was born in Hungary in 1993. He originally worked in Edmonton before joining the Calgary Police Service in 1999. “Gino was a unique Service Dog who had the ability to go from getting his belly rubbed by a kindergarten class to the apprehension of a house-breaker in a matter of minutes. Because of this, Constable Darren Leggatt and Gino attended hundreds of public relations events over the past four years,” said Inspector Kevin Brookwell, officer in charge of the Calgary Police Service Support Section, which oversees the Canine Unit.

On August 31, 2003, Gino and Koko, an explosives detector dog, were in the patrol car with the air conditioning on while their handler was in the station completing paperwork. A malfunction caused the vehicle to stall, shutting down the air conditioning and causing hot air to blow into the car. When Leggatt discovered his dogs some time later, they were near death. “Gino was alive, bit did not resuscitate despite my efforts and those of the veterinarians,” recalled Constable Leggatt. “I was able to save Koko, who was in respiratory and cardiac arrest as well.”

“Darren and Gino were one of our most consistent and successful dog/handler teams,” said Inspector Brookwell. “They were responsible for the location or apprehension of numerous criminals on almost a nightly basis. Gino will be sorely missed.”

Constable Leggatt was later promoted to sergeant and subsequently left the unit.

PSD MASE

PSD MASE

At 4:23am on Saturday, May 4, 2002, Langley RCMP officers were pursuing a vehicle whose driver was suspected of impaired driving and had refused to pull over. The suspect subsequently crashed his car into an overpass guardrail and was attempting to extract himself from the wreck and flee when PSD Mase was sent to apprehend him.

Mase leapt onto the hood of the suspect’s car, but jumped down on the wrong side and fell over the guardrail onto the highway below. He sustained massive injuries and was rushed to a veterinary hospital where he later died.

Mase was five years old at the time of his death, and had served with the RCMP Police Dog Service in Langley, British Columbia, for three years. He and Constable Landry were to have been transferred to New Brunswick in the near future. “He was quite a popular dog with the kids,” Corporal Garry Begg told reporters at the time, adding that Mase was with his handler 24-hours a day and had become part of the family.

PSD CYR

See: Police Dogs killed in the line of duty.

PSD BANDIT

See: Police Dogs killed in the line of duty.

PSD CEASAR

See: Police Dogs Killed in the line of duty.

PSD BRANKO

PSD BRANKO

PSD Branko #430
RCMP
Corporal Pierre Gardner
Killed in the line of duty 30 September 1997
Moncton, New Brunswick

Shot

PSD CHIP

See: Police Dogs killed in the line of duty.

PSD CHASE

On the night of September 14th, 1994, Constable Bruce Clark and PSD Chase were among several officers who responded to a domestic dispute. When police arrived on scene, the suspect attempted to run from them and a foot pursuit ensued. Officers lost sight of the suspect when he rounded a corner, but Chase picked up his trail and tracked him to a multi-level parking garage.

As the team searched the parking garage, Chase suddenly turned and ran towards one of the outer walls, jumping over the four-foot barrier. The drop was not far, and the surface below was soft grass, but Chase landed on a sprinkler head that was protruding from the ground. Although the sprinkler had pierced his abdomen, the dog managed to free himself and continue the pursuit.

Realizing that his dog was hurt and bleeding, Constable Clark called off the pursuit and Chase was rushed by ambulance to the Animal Emergency Hospital. He underwent emergency surgery, and the prognosis for a full recovery was good. But sadly, Chase died the next day from cardiac arrest.

Hundreds of residents sent cards and letters of sympathy to Constable Clark and his family. Chase, a German Shepherd Dog, had served since August 1992 and was recognized as a valuable member of the Victoria City Police Department. Constable Clark later returned to the canine unit and trained with his new partner, PSD Blitz.

PSD AXEL

PSD AXEL

On September 18, 1993, Regina Police Constable Dean Fedor and PSD Axel, a Belgian Malinois, were called to back up other officers attending a bar fight. Arriving on the scene, Fedor left Axel in the cruiser while he joined the other officers who were monitoring the crowd as it moved down the street. Suddenly, a member of the crowd retrieved an axe from a car and began to threaten Fedor. The officer drew his gun and ordered the suspect to drop the axe. Hearing his handler shouting (and perhaps thinking he had called him by name), Axel leapt through the open window of the police car to run to his handler’s aid. But as he cleared the window, he was hit by a passing truck.

The force of the impact smashed the headlights and the grille on the truck, but Axel seemed to have escaped serious injury – he suffered lacerations to his face and eye, but still managed to crawl to his partner’s side. Axel was later taken to the veterinarian who stitched up his facial wounds, and after a brief recovery period he returned to active duty.

Despite the severity of the impact, Axel appeared to have made a full recovery. However three months later, after being anaesthetized for a routine dental procedure, things took a turn for the worse. Although he came through the procedure without incident, the next day Axel began to suffer from respiratory problems and distress. He was brought back to the vet clinic, but the veterinarian could find no apparent cause for his symptoms. Axel was then referred to the Saskatchewan Veterinary College in Saskatoon where further testing revealed serious cardiac problems. Axel was unable to maintain a regular heartbeat on his own, and as a last resort, on January 3, 1994, he was euthanized.

The post mortem exam determined that Axel had sustained a tear in the sac around his heart as a result of the impact with the truck 15-weeks earlier. It had only been a matter of time before his heart would have eventually failed. Amazingly, Axel had somehow summoned the strength to continue working for several weeks in spite of his condition.

Axel’s loss was deeply felt by the Regina Police Service, and by his handler. Constable Fedor eventually decided to carry on in the canine unit and trained with a new canine partner.

PSD TROY

PSD TROY PSD TROY

Constable Johnston and Troy had responded to a call for a man with a gun and were searching the area when Johnston spotted the suspect pointing a rifle at another officer. When the suspect refused to drop his weapon, Troy was sent in. The officer was able to take cover as the gunman fired a single shot at Troy, killing him instantly.

Troy was two-and-a-half years old at the time of his death and had been on the job for one year. He was the first Hamilton Police dog to be killed in the line of duty. A funeral was held to honour Troy, and he was laid to rest at the Ancaster Pet Cemetery in Ancaster, Ontario.

 

PSD ARRY

PSD ARRY PSD ARRY

On the fourth of July, 1990, Constable Darrell Day and PSD Arry were dispatched to the Tower Mortgage Building in downtown Edmonton. The building had been abandoned for some time, and there were frequent problems with youths breaking-and-entering.

Upon arriving at the scene, Day and Arry searched the building. They located a number of suspects hiding inside and, after clearing all eight floors, they moved out onto the roof. Arry trotted about, searching the area, and soon came upon a three foot wall that ran around the perimeter of the roof. Unable to see across, and presuming it was just another obstacle, he leapt across and fell eight storeys to his death.

The three year old German Shepherd Dog, known for his one floppy ear and his comical manner, had served only six months with the Edmonton Police Service. Purchased at a year-and-a-half of age, he had completed the sixteen week training course and served his first shift on Christmas Day, 1989. During his short career, Arry earned a reputation for being enthusiastic and persistent, and promised to be an exceptional police service dog.

PSD SABRE

PSD SABRE PSD SABRE

Sabre was born in northern British Columbia in July, 1987 and was donated to the Vancouver Police Dog Squad by an RCMP member. He was teamed with Constable McGuinness in 1988 and, according to an article written by McGuinness’s wife Tracy, the dog was never happier than when he was working alongside his handler.

Early on the morning of December 23, 1989, McGuinness was responding to a break and enter when another car ran a stop sign and cut him off. McGuinness swerved to avoid the car, but the roads were slick with rain and the police car careened into a pole. Although damage to the car was extensive, Sabre at seemed to be unhurt at first. But moments later, McGuinness found the dog lying on his side, unable to move. McGuinness rushed his partner to the emergency veterinary clinic, where Sabre died as the result of internal bleeding and a broken back.

“I can still remember all the little things that used to make Gord and I laugh,” Tracy recalled in her article. “Like the way the neighbours used to call him ‘Snoopy’ because he always sat on the roof of his dog house to watch what was happening, or the way he would flip your arm off a table and onto his back so you would pet him.”

McGuinness remained with the Vancouver Police Dog Squad and was later promoted to sergeant.

PSD SIRK

PSD SIRK PSD SIRK

On the night of December 13, 1989, Constable Garth Blais exited the police station where he worked and walked over to his vehicle where he had left his canine partners Sirk, a German Shepherd Dog, and Chance, a drug detector dog. There, he found Sirk in convulsions and having difficulty breathing. He immediately rushed the dog to the emergency veterinary clinic where Sirk was pronounced dead on arrival. The post-mortem exam determined that the cause of death was strychnine poisoning.

Strychnine usually kills its victims within a few hours, so investigators were able to determine that the poisoning occurred while Sirk was on duty. Police originally suspected that Sirk had been intentionally poisoned while his handler had briefly left him unattended in the patrol car. But over the next few weeks, information began to surface about other dogs being poisoned in the area where Sirk had responded to a call on the night of his death.

An in-depth investigation revealed that a local senior citizen had been setting out poison to kill squirrels in the neighbourhood. Mario Gaudin was later found guilty of poisoning six dogs and was sentenced to two months in jail. The City of Calgary launched a $55,000 lawsuit against him for the loss of Sirk as well as the closing and cleaning of the park where the poison had been placed. He subsequently sold his home and moved out of the neighbourhood, citing harassment from local animal lovers.

Sirk was born in Germany and joined the Calgary Police Canine Unit in 1986 at the age of three. Shortly after his career began, Sirk broke three legs in a four-storey fall from a parking garage while investigating a robbery – he returned to work as soon as he was fully recovered, although he was left with a permanent limp. Six months before he died, he had saved Blais’s life when he leapt at a gunman, deflecting the shotgun as it was fired. Sirk had been working with Blais for three years at the time of his death.

Blais remembered Sirk as a star within the unit and an outstanding tracker. “He’d rip a wall apart to get to the drug on the other side,” Blais recalled. “On the other hand, I remember searching for a two-and-a-half-year-old in a field and when he found him, he was just like a puppy – so gentle.” Sirk was also one of the top sires in the Calgary Police dog breeding program.

Constable Blais remained with the unit after Sirk’s death and trained with his new canine partner, a German Shepherd Dog named Hawk.

PSD TITUS

PSD TITUS PSD TITUS

Just before midnight on August 27, 1989, Constable Randy Schreiner and PSD Titus responded to a call about an armed robbery at a convenience store on the south side of Edmonton. A police chased had ensued, and the two suspects fled after being cornered in a dead-end street. As the driver ran down the street, Schreiner sent Titus after him.

Titus chased the suspect across the road, but as he leapt to apprehend him the two were struck by a passing car. Schreiner ran to his partner’s aid and found that he had stopped breathing and had a very faint heartbeat. Another canine hander, Constable Colin Quast, commandeered a patrol car and rushed Schreiner and Titus to the emergency veterinary clinic, but Titus died en route.

Titus was born on February 18, 1986 and was raised by Constable Schreiner. He began basic training in August, 1987 and became operational two months later.

PSD BRIX

PSD BRIX PSD BRIX

It was May 30, 1984, when Edmonton Police Constable Gary Cook first met Brix, who was then just a three-month-old pup. The pair soon became inseparable and sixteen months later, they graduated together from the police dog training program.

Cook and Brix made their mark as a successful team and were awarded many commendations, including one for catching a child abductor who had led police on a wild chase and, once cornered, had threatened to kill his three-month-old victim with a butcher knife.

Brix was not only a successful police service dog, he also excelled off duty, earning Canadian Kennel Club titles in tracking (TD and TDX) and obedience (CD), and achieving his Schutzhund I title.

Affectionately known as “big guy”, Brix had a cheerful disposition that was evident in his perpetually wagging tail. He loved his work, and would head straight for his police car when the pair reported for duty at the Edmonton Police Service kennels.

Early on December 5, 1988, Cook and Brix responded to a report of suspicious males checking vehicles. Patrol units attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle that was driving in the area with its lights out, but the driver refused to stop and, in the ensuing chase, he lost control of the vehicle and crashed. The suspects then fled on foot, and when officers lost them Cook and Brix took up their track. But as the dog closed in on the suspects, he was struck by another police cruiser. Brix landed at his partner’s feet, and Cook cradled the dog in his arms as he died.

PSD Brix was the first Edmonton Police Service Dog to be killed in the line of duty. In a tribute on the EPS Web site, Cst Cook said, “He died doing what he loved to do…pursuing the ‘bad guys’”. 

PSD MECCA

PSD MECCA

PSD Mecca #8407
Vancouver Police
Constable M. Lynch
Killed in the line of duty 24 October 1987
Vancouver, British Columbia

Hit by car while searching for suspects

PSD BOBBY

PSD BOBBY

PSD Bobby II #7991
Vancouver Police
Constable E. Petit
Killed in the line of duty 13 December 1986
Vancouver, British Columbia

Hit by car while searching for suspects

PSD GENE

PSD GENE

PSD Gene #221
RCMP
Constable A. Soneoff
Killed in the line of duty 8 January 1985
Prince George, British Columbia

Stabbed

PSD CONAN

PSD CONAN

PSD Conan #8216
Vancouver Police Department
Constable S. Gibson
Killed in the line of duty 12 July 1988
Vancouver, British Columbia

Hit by car while searching for suspects

PSD BUZZ

PSD BUZZ

PSD Buzz #138
RCMP
Constable Coaghie
Killed in the line of duty 30 August 1979
Carberry, Manitoba

Shot

PSD SMOKEY

PSD SMOKEY

PSD Smokey #141
RCMP
Constable D. Jean
Killed in the line of duty 6 April 1978
Montreal, Quebec

Hit by car

PSD PAT

PSD PAT

PSD Pat #148
RCMP
Constable Georgeson
Killed in the line of duty 6 October 1977
Strathmore, Alberta

Shot

PSD PAX

PSD PAX PSD PAX

On July 30, 1977, Constable Mike Harrower and PSD Pax were tracking a theft suspect who had fled into a multi-level parking garage. Pax followed the suspect to the top floor of the parkade but, as he circled a shed where the suspect was hiding, he leapt over the three-foot outer wall and fell to a laneway seven stories below.

Constable Harrower ran down the stairs to his partner’s aid, but Pax succumbed to his injuries and died in his handler’s arms. It was later determined that the suspect had been leaning over the same wall moments earlier as he watched police arriving on the scene.
Pax was the third Vancouver Police Service Dog to die in the line of duty since the squad was formed in 1957. In 1992, the Rotary Club of Vancouver South presented a memorial plaque to Chief Bill Marshall of the Vancouver Police Department. Displayed in the foyer of Police Headquarters, the inscription on the plaque reads: “In memory of those Vancouver Police Service Dogs who gave their lives in the performance of duty.”

PSD JUSTIN

See: Police dogs killed in the line of duty.

PSD CZAR

PSD CZAR

PSD Czar
RCMP
Constable Georgeson
Killed in the line of duty 31 March 1976
Strathmore, Alberta

Hit by car

PSD CLOUD II

See: Police Dogs Killed in the line of duty.

PSD KENO

PSD KENO

See: Police dogs killed in the line of duty.

PSD VALLIANT

See: Police dogs killed in the line of duty.

PSD REX II

PSD REX II

PSD Rex II #310U
RCMP
Constable S. Dowich
Killed in the line of duty 26 June 1966
Yorktown, Saskatchewan

No info available

PSD CINDY

See: Police Dogs killed in the line of duty.

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