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the police dogs who lay down their lives to protect us.
Call (415) 265-9371 to arrange
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Special Enforcement Bureau
Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (seblasd)
K9 Jack was shot and killed on 12-22-22
Donations on K9Armor.com protect his fellow LA County Sheriff K9 warriors and
all the California police dogs still facing bullets ... but without a bulletproof
Memorial painting by Officer Rose
Rest In Peace, K9 JACK....we Honor your Dedicated Service
and we Pray for the comfort of your Handler while he deals
with your sudden loss!
“K9 Jack was shot and killed while attempting an
apprehension during a barricade in the 1800 block of West
145th Street in Gardena.
The barricade started the previous morning after a man
shot at a neighbor's car during a dispute.
The man then
remained barricaded inside his condo as negotiators attempted
to communicate with him.
K9 Jack was shot by the man as
the agency's SWAT team entered the condo in an attempt
to take him into custody.
The man was shot and killed when
deputies returned fire.
K9 Jack had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's
Department for four years
and had previously served as
a military working dog, assigned to the Naval Special
Warfare Development Group.”
- Officer Down Memorial 12-12-22
In loving memory
of Riverside Sheriff K9 Sultan - End of Watch:
January 21 2015
Memorial to Riverside Sheriff - San Jacinto PD K9 Sultan
by Officer Rose
Suzanne Saunders, K-9 Armor co-founder and Riverside Sheriff Deputy - San Jacinto PD Officer Mark Wallace and K9 Sultan RIP.
Thank you to the family foundations and estates who donated
The family and friends of Jane McPhee of Riverside
County, donated in loving memory of Jane to help protect
the Riverside Sheriff K9 Heroes
The Estate of Victoria McDonald in Riverside
The Estate of Kathy Coldewey in New Jersey
Thank you to those Angels who spoke their last command,
go forth and vest our K9 Heroes
Handler:Riverside Sheriff Deputy - San Jacinto PD Officer Mark Wallace
Breed: Belgian Malinois - German Shepherd
End of Watch: January 21 2015
Sultan was killed by a bullet to the neck, laying down
his life to save his partner.
We salute your sacrifice Sultan, you were a true K9
Our sympathies and prayers to Deputy Wallace and the Riverside
Sheriff K9 Association.
We are honored to protect your K9 Heroes.
Memorial by Riverside Sheriff:
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of one
of our canine partners, P.S.D. Sultan. Sultan was shot
and killed while attempting to apprehend a dangerous
suspect on 01/21/15. By his sacrifice, he saved the life
of his handler and other deputies who were also searching
for the suspect.
Sultan and his handler, Deputy Sheriff Mark Wallace,
are assigned to the San Jacinto Police Station where
they patrolled the city together since November of 2013.
Sultan was a two-year-old Belgian Malinois / German shepherd
mix, and was cross trained for apprehension and narcotic
detection. Sultan and Deputy Wallace were already a well-seasoned
canine team, successfully locating and assisting in the
arrest of over 70 felons. Sultan will not only be sorely
missed by his handler and family; he will also be missed
by the patrol officers and citizens; he kept safe on
a nightly basis.
Handlers develop special bonds with their canine partners,
and the loss of a member of our team will remain with
us forever. That bond cannot truly be understood until
one spends almost as much time with their canine partner
as they do with their own family. These canine handlers,
especially those who worked closely with Sultan, are
the most affected. As a patrol officer, I know that Sultan’s
sacrifice meant that other patrol officers could go home
to their family instead of being another heartbreaking
headline. As a citizen, I admire Sultan’s profession
and all that it entails while silently lamenting the
circumstances that lead to the death of this fine canine.
As a handler, I am hit the hardest when I sympathize
with Sultan’s handler and family, and I imagine
the hole in my life that would be left by the loss of
my canine partner.
Ultimately, Sultan’s sacrifice and circumstances
similar to it are at the forefront of every handler’s
mind during a deployment of his canine. To save the lives
of their human partners, it is sometimes necessary to
place our canine partners into higher-risk situations.
While we as handlers recognize that risk and the necessity
thereof, it does not dull the pain of losing our partner.
We saw understanding of this bond last night in the support
of our fellow canine teams and fellow officers across
Riverside County who responded to the scene to stand
vigil with us over our fallen comrade. To our canine
handler brethren out there, thank you for everything
you do and do not be disheartened by news of our loss.
Take with you, instead, a heightened awareness about
the dangers inherent in our profession and continue keeping
your partners and citizen's safe.
The enormous amount of support that has been offered
by neighboring agencies, cities, and the general public
has been greatly appreciated during our time of grieving.
A fund has been established from which the proceeds will
be used in Sultan’s memory (Tax I.D. #95-620-3844).
Any person wishing to donate towards this fund may send
check or cash to Riverside Sheriff’s Association,
6215 River Crest Dr. #A, Riverside, CA 92507. In the “memo” field,
please write Sultan for fund identification purposes.
Information regarding services for Sultan will be released
shortly to neighboring agencies and will be posted on
this website. Please check back for further information
and be patient with us during this time of mourning.
Sultan, we are very proud of you and humbled by your
sacrifice. We miss you very much, and we are better for
having worked with you.
Memorial to Stanislaus County Sheriff Deputy Robert Paris, EOW 04-12-12 by Rose
Deputy Sheriff Robert Paris
End Of Watch: 04-12-12
Memorial to Deputy Paris by Stanislaus County Sheriff's Dept:
April 12, 2012 Modesto, CA – It’s with a heavy heart that Sheriff
Adam Christianson announced earlier today the tragic death of Deputy Robert
Paris. Deputy Paris was shot and killed in the line of duty, while serving
an eviction notice in the 2100 #Blk of Chrysler Drive, in the City of Modesto.
Deputy Paris is a sixteen year veteran of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s
Department. Deputy Paris served his community with pride and admiration.
“This is a tragic day for law enforcement and public safety,” said
Sheriff Adam Christianson. “Deputy Paris paid the ultimate price, sacrificing
his life, while protecting and serving the citizens of Stanislaus County.” “Our
thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s family, the community, our sheriff’s
family and all the law enforcement personnel from every jurisdiction in the
central valley who come to our aid today.”
Deputy Paris is survived by his parents, brother and two adult children.
This is a tremendous loss for the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department
and the community.
Carol Dunn donated to dedicate a bulletproof K-9 Armor vest to Stanislaus
County Sheriff K9 Sam in loving memory of her dear friend, their Deputy Robert
Paris, killed in the line of duty EOW 04-12-12.
by Stanislaus County Sheriff's Dept.
Stanislaus County Sheriff K9 Cody and Cody Moore
(photo by Moore family)
Cody Moore's family donated to provide K9 Cody to
the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Dept. They named him
K9 Cody in loving memory of Cody Moore, who died
while a member
the Armed Forces in 2010.
father called K9 Armor to ask if we would donate a vest
Stanislaus County Sheriff's Dept. K9 Ike, Fons, Rex and Sergo, Jan 27, 2007
With the help of our Facebook fans, we
donated a K9 Armor bulletproof vest to two more
Stanislaus County Sheriff's dogs in memory of Cody
Moore and Deputy Paris.
donated a bulletproof vest to Stanislaus County Sheriff
K9 Sam in memory of Deputy Paris.
Thanks to Nicole Arbelo, author
of K9 Heroes, and friends who donated to Nicole's Wish,
we are able to give a bulletproof K9 Armor vest to
Sam, in loving memory of Deputy Paris. With your help
we protected the remaining two
police dogs of SCSO
who needed a bulletproof K9 Armor vest.
who lay down their lives to protect us.
Stanislaus County Sheriff K9 Sam. Photo by Stanislaus
County Sheriff's Dept.
Facebook fans helped us grant Wishes made by Nicole Arbelo,
author of K9 Heroes, and the father of Cody Moore who asked
us to dedicate a vest for Stanislaus County Sheriff K9
Cody named for his son, Spc Cody Moore, who died while
serving in the Army in 2010.
In Cody Moore's honor and in loving memory of Deputy Paris,
we donated three K-9 Armor bulletproof vests to Stanislaus
County Sheriff's Department.
El Cerrito Police Department K9 King, RIP.
Handler: El Cerrito
PD Officer Joshua Del Prado
Breed: German Shepherd
End of Watch: February 2012
Memorial by Dogfather
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing
of "King", the El Cerrito Police Department's
Police Service Dog. KING passed unexpectedly from internal
malady, Unfortunately, there was nothing that could be
done to save him. King was a patrol dog for the last
18 months and had served his community well by apprehending
at least two suspects, locating a missing person, protecting
the public ...and his trusted partner and handler, Josh.
He participated in local community events and safety
fairs. KING was the Dogfather's very first client and
will be missed dearly by the staff and Frank. Our thoughts
go out to his Partner and handler Josh in this difficult
time. May you rest in peace King!
K-9 Armor would like to add Condolences to El Cerrito
PD Officer Del Prado on the death of K9 King taken suddenly
lovely lady in this picture Ginger Cava who donated to
K-9 Armor also recently passed away. In loving memory
of her own German Shepherd King, Ginger paid for a bulletproof
K9 Armor vest for El Cerrito PD K9 King and CA Fish & Game
K9 Kilo. Ginger and your King along with her own, watch
over us from Heaven and will meet us at the Rainbow Bridge.
Ginger Cava with El Cerrito PD Officer Del Prado and K9
Richmond PD Officer Palma and K9 Ronin with Officer Avila
and K9 Bosco
Capoot, Vallejo PD
End of Watch: November 17, 2011
Richmond PD Officer Palma and K9 Ronin with Officer Avila
and K9 Bosco paid their respects at the Memorial for Vallejo
PD Officer Capoot, killed in the line of duty on November
Vallejo PD also lost Officer Jeff Azuar, killed in the
line of duty in the year 2000.
In 2005 we were honored to meet Vallejo
PD K9 Officer Scott
Valentine when we measured his K9 Mojo for a K9 Armor vest.
It was Officer Valentine who adopted Officer Azuar's K9
AJ after Officer Azuar's death,
Captain West who invited us to their Vallejo PD Officer
Jeff Azuar Memorial K9 Trials.
We dedicated the K9 Armor bulletproof
vests presented to Richmond PD K9 Ranger and San Pablo
of the brave officers of Vallejo PD.
Thank you to everyone who helps us protect those who lay
down their lives to protect us!
K9 Armor President
Deputy Dan Marrett and K9 Verona, Marin County Sheriff's
with Suzanne Saunders, K9 Armor Co-Founder, Webdiva and Treasurer
at the Marin County Fair 2004
Dan Marrett, Marin County Sheriff's Dept and Federal
Breed: Black Labrador
End of Watch: July 2011
July 1, 2004 She was our first
success story, a Vest for Verona!
Verona and Deputy Marrett searched for bombs at major events including the
Olympics and World Series and protected our Marin County Courthouse. Thanks
to YOUR donations, Verona received the first K-9 ARMOR vest! Verona made
a public appearance on KTVU TV on July 1, 2004!
Many thanks to Deputy Marrett and Verona
for coming to shake paws each year at the Marin County
Fair from 2004 to 2007. In 2008 Verona was replaced
by Terry and donated her vest to protect Deputy Marrett's
new partner. Verona retired to live the good life with
Deputy Marrett and his wife and their little boy as
the family pet until she passed away. Thanks Verona
for all your years of service and for getting us started
to protect all the police dogs of California!
Marin County Sheriff's Dept and Federal ATF K9 Verona,
CHP Officer Ben Lis (1940-2011) and K9 Luke
Ben Lis (1940-2011)
Loving Memory of Ben Lis and his German Shepherd, Luke.
In lieu of flowers, his family asked please send a donation
on Ben's behalf for his love of dogs, especially
German Shepherds and his dedication as a
Patrol officer to... K9 Armor!"
Thank you so much,
- The Lis Family
Photo from The
Palm Springs police officer Luciano Colantuano demonstrates
the jaw strength of Ike, a police dog, during a demonstration
for children from Cahuilla and Cielo Vista elementary schools
in January 2010. The schoolchildren held a walk-a-thon
to raise money for the police dog program. / Jay Calderon
The Desert Sun
Dept: Palm Springs
Breed: German Shepherd
End of Watch: April 2011
Memorial by interim Palm Springs police Chief Al Franz
posted by The
Desert Sun April 19, 2011
Ike died doing what he loved and protecting those he
“He was the ultimate friend, an outstanding partner,
a loyal member of his handler's family, and in the end — a
lifesaver,” read a statement from Palm Springs
The 3-year-old German shepherd, whom interim Palm Springs police Chief Al Franz
called “beloved” by the department, was shot to death Sunday while
rushing after a convicted felon who was trying to escape from police.
The man who shot Ike — Francisco Gabriel Durazo, 31, of Cathedral City — was
killed when Ike's handler and another officer returned fire, police said.
Ike's handler was shot, but the bullet struck his body armor and he was not
The other officer was treated for a minor injury to his right hand from a struggle
The police department did not release the officers' names.
Cathedral City police officer Dwayne Hodge said he's known Ike and his handler
since their first day together.
“ The dog was awesome,” Hodge said. “Absolutely one of the
best dogs I've ever seen. He was very happy doing the job.”
Hodge has two retired police dogs living at his home and said he knew Ike's
handler was grieving over his death.
“ These dogs mean a lot to us,” he said. “He didn't get to
take his home for good.”
Four to six police dogs are shot and killed in the line of duty in the U.S.
every year, said Jim Cortina, director of the Police Work Dog Association in
Since 1962, 128 U.S. police dogs have been killed, he said.
Ike is the third to die this year.
“ When they die, they have basically the same service as an officer,” said
Cortina, who has trained police dogs for 40 years. “You can get hundreds
of people who show up with their K-9.”
About a dozen states have enhanced penalties for injuring or killing a police
dog, including California.
In California, a person found guilty of injuring or killing a police dog could
receive up to four years in prison and a $2,000 fine.
A trained dog can cost up to $12,000. The breeds most frequently used by police
agencies are the German shepherd and the Belgian Malinois.
Today, Desert Hot Springs police will swear in a new police dog — a German
Desert Sun reporter Nicole C. Brambila contributed.
Handler: Officer Doug
Hembree, Richmond PD
Breed: Belgian Malinois
End of Watch: March 2011
Memorial by Sgt Mitch Peixoto, March
"Canine Officer D. Hembree #968 and Canine Maverick
It is with a sad heart that I inform you that Richmond
Police Department Police Service Canine Maverick #164
(retired) died on March 3, 2011. Maverick was almost
14 years old when he died. Officer Doug Hembree raised
and trained Maverick from a puppy until Maverick was
placed into service in January of 2000. Maverick worked
until his retirement on January 1, 2011.
The following is a brief history of Maverick’s
Officer Hembree purchased “Maverick” a
Belgium Malinois as a puppy and started training him
as a Police Service Dog. Officer Hembree did this training
with Canine Maverick on his own and did not attend
a police dog training class. Canine Maverick completed
P.O.S.T. Certification and was put into service with
Officer Hembree by former Chief Samuels in 2000. Officer
Hembree donated Canine Maverick to the City of Richmond
at a cost saving at the time of approximately $15,000.
Officer Hembree is the only person to raise, train
and put into service a police dog in this department.
Officer Hembree and Canine Maverick have received numerous
commendations for their performance and are a solid Canine
Team in all areas of patrol work and narcotic detection.
Canine Maverick has located and found many suspects,
narcotics and within the last few months of his career
found seven firearms while doing article searches.
Officer Hembree has competed with Canine Maverick in
10 K-9 trails throughout the State and they have won
33 trophies. Officer Hembree and Canine Maverick have
won Top Dog, Top Department Team, Judges Choice, 11 first
place and 12 second place trophies. This has continued
to bring prestige to the Canine Unit and the City of
The Richmond Canine Unit and El Cerrito Canine Unit
were able to see Maverick just prior to his death. I
know from prior experience - if I would have known how
hard it would be to put my partner down or see my canine
die…I may have not taken the position.
Rest in Peace Maverick…you deserve it!!"
Richmond PD Officer Brad Moody (End Of Watch October 2008)
and K9 Rico (End of Watch Oct 2010)
Handler: Officer Brad
Moody, Richmond PD
Breed: Belgian Malinois
End of Watch: October 2010
Memorial by Richmond PD K9 Officer Joe
Avila, October 2010
"Rico belonged to Brad Moody....Brad was killed in the
line of duty 2 years ago...when the medics tried to remove
Brad from his car....Rico protected his fallen Dad...it
wasnt until another officer arrived and was able to secure
Rico away from Brad could the medics get to him.....Rico
protected his Dad til the end...and that makes my heart
feel good.....Rico passed away last night....and now,
once again, they are together....playing and having fun....I
can only imagine what it was like when those two saw
each other again....I know it was amazing."
Chris and Karen Tallerico donated for a whole
vest in loving memory of Richmond PD Officer Brad
Moody who died in the line of duty, for a bulletproof
K-9 Armor vest to protect Richmond PD K9 Rasp.
Officer Moody was Chris Tallerico's best friend.
Frank Romano, California Highway Patrol
Breed: Belgian Malinois
End of Watch: March 2008
Officer Romano has supported K-9 Armor
since 2005 helping us at K9 Events and Trials, Frank
dedicates himself on the job and in his free time judges
Police K9 Trials throughout California to help set
the standard of excellence!
Officer Romano's first K9 Rexx, pictured
left, sadly died, March 2008 End of Watch for Rexx.
Rexx and Officer Romano made a public appearance at K-9 Carnival in Healdsburg
and we thank them for appearing at the 2005 Marin County Fair, hundreds
of children came to shake paws!
Handler: Officer Rick Cox, Petaluma P.D.
Breed: Belgian Malinois
End of Watch: March 2008
July 1, 2006 our sixth success,
we delivered a new vest for Max!
Sadly, March 2008 End of Watch for Max.
Many thanks to Max and Officer Cox for appearing at the
2005 and 2006 and 2007 Marin County Fair, hundreds of
children came to shake paws! A generous donor gave $600
so we ordered a new vest for Max!
Thanks to Officer Cox and Max for inviting
us to the Petaluma K-9 Trials where we return each year,
come and shake paws at our booth and say a little prayer
for Max and Officer Cox who earned many trophies during
Max's glory days.
Congratulations for winning Agility in 2005 and Narcotics
2006. We miss you Max!
Rhonda Tuscher, Fairfax P.D.
Breed: German Shepherd
End of Watch: October 2008
July 5. 2004 Our fourth success
story, a Vest for Boss!
Many thanks to Jim and Janet Mitchell for donating a whole
K-9 Armor vest in 2004, helping us protect Boss!
Sadly in October 2008 Boss died of medical
reasons. We miss you Boss!