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’”.