Police Officers Killed in the line of duty
"Here but for the Grace of God go I"
Being a dog handler can be one of the most dangerous jobs on a police department. Dog handlers and their K-9 partners attend high risk – in progress calls on a daily basis. Thankfully, on most occasions they make it home safe and sound. This is largely to do with the exceptional abilities of their 4- legged partners. This page is a tribute to our brother K-9 handlers that didn’t all make it home at the end of the day.
Cst. Willis Rhodeniser
In Memory of: Cst. Willis Rhodeniser of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who gave his life in the line of duty on:
(August 26th. 1939)
On August 26th 1939 Cst. Willis E. Rhodeniser died from a gunshot wound near Fort Qu Apelle Saskatchewan. Cst. Rhodeniser and his Police Service Dog “Tell” were called in during the search for a male that had killed his wife and her parents. Cst. Rhodeniser and “Tell” picked up the suspects track and followed it into the bush. Tell located the suspect at which time he fired his gun striking Cst. Rhodeniser. Cst. Rhodeniser along with other officers returned fire. The suspect was wounded and taken into custody, unfortunately Cst Rhodeniser’s injuries proved to be fatal.
Cst. Micheal Joseph Buday
In Memory of: Cst. Micheal BUDAY of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who gave his life in the line of duty on:
(March 19th. 1985 )
Constable Micheal Joseph Buday, a dog handler for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was shot and killed on March 19th 1985 in Tesslin Lake British Columbia. Cst. Buday and his dog “Trooper” were taking part in a bush track along with members of the RCMP’s Emergency Response Team. The RCMP members were attempting to track a suspect wanted for the murder of another trapper. While tracking the suspect he circled around and ambushed them, killing Cst. Buday. The suspect was then also shot and killed by RCMP members that returned
Cpl. Jim Galloway
In Memory of: Cpl. Jim Galloway of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who gave his life in the line of duty on:
(February 28th. 2004)
On February 28th 2004 Cpl. Jim Galloway was killed in the line of duty while working with the Edmonton RCMP Emergency Response Team. Cpl. Galloway was killed by a suspect armed with a hunting rifle during a stand off in Spruce Grove Alberta. Jim was a 35 year member of the RCMP where he was a dog handler for 28 years. Jim was responsible for setting up the RCMP’s Civilian Search and Recsue Dog Association in Alberta. He was also instrumental in pioneering training methods in both Search and Rescue as well as Cadaver searching. Jim will be sadly missed by the whole K-9 community.
Cst. Dave Ross
In Memory of: Cst. Dave Ross of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who gave his life in the line of duty on:
(June 4th. 2014)
On June 4th 2014 Cst Dave Ross along with several other RCMP members responded to a man with a gun call in Moncton New Brunswick. Cst Dave Ross was killed along with two other members in an ambush as they arrived on scene. The incident lead to a two day manhunt resulting in the capture of the man responsible.