| Late Entry
In Loving Memory of
Partner: Sgt. John Owens
Belle Glade Police Department
40 W. Canal
S. Belle Glade,
Look into my eyes now
As I am here before you
See all my loyalty and love
All our time here is finite
My loyalty and love are not
I have been here for you always
Trained beside you
Fought beside you
Slept beside you
We shared many sunrises and sunsets
We logged many miles in our patrol car
We tracked bad guys under many stars
I have had my time and career
Now it is time, I have no fears
I know you will shed many tears
For my sake, find another to take my place
One who is brave and a familiar face
Enjoy your time here
My Master dear
Lay me to rest and as I depart
Know I live now and forever in your heart
Faithfully dedicated to all of our partners who have
Written by: Luis Ledbetter
|BELLE GLADE, FLORIDA —
K-9 Bobby, a legend, a hero!
On March 27, 2002 I attended the funeral for K-9 "Bobby" a highly
decorated police K-9 for the Belle Glade (Florida) Police Department.
K-9 "Bobby" had terminal cancer and had passed on. It was a sad day for
law enforcement. The Belle Glade Police Department lost one of the
finest police dogs around the state. It was a great turnout, and the
ceremony couldn't have been at a nicer place. It was held on the lake
at Slim's Fish Camp. The wind was blowing, the sun shining and after
the ceremony began, there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd.
I think my whole body shuddered from within when the alert tone sounded
over the public address system at the funeral. The next words that came
across was a police dispatcher calling, "Belle Glade Police Department
to K-9 Bobby?"....and when she attempted to call him three times and
there was no answer, she came back over the radio and said, "Belle
Glade Police Department to all units..............
K-9 Bobby is 10-7."
K-9 "Bobby" had served his community well, and his job on earth was
done. It was now time for him to move on. For I truly believe that K-9
"Bobby" was called upon to handle another task. A greater task than he
had ever preformed. He is up there right now on patrol. Diligently
watching, always on his guard, and most of all....keeping heaven safe.
We'll all miss K-9 "Bobby." A true protector of the people, his
partner, and fellow officers.
K-9 handler Sgt. John
Owens is pictured here with K-9 "Bobby." John is now assigned with a
new police dog and is back out there protecting and serving the City of
Belle Glade, Florida.
Finder of the lost
Defender of the weak
Family to a few
A friend to all
Together we stood ten feet tall
We helped fight crime
We ruled the streets for a time
Together we helped fight the war on dope
I was always there to help you cope
To live with you was my greatest joy
You gave me love and my favorite toy
I loved your family as my own
I had the joy of watching them grow
All I have is a simple request
I have grown old and need to rest
I will always be with you
My Master so dear
I am with the Lord now
And by his side
I am young again and work with pride
You know my love for you is strong
And will carry on in your heart
Thank You for all the love and memories
After I have gone
Always remember you were my greatest fan
I was honored to be partnered with a policeman
I carry them in my heart eternally
Written by:Luis Ledbetter
| In Loving Memory of
17, 1990 - Died: August 2, 2004
Partner: Deputy Matthew
P.O. Box 16
Wampsville, NY 13163
fax: 315 366.2286
adison County loses a great
is with regret that I inform you that K-9-Cyclone passed
away last night, August 2, 2004. K-9 Cyclone was born May 17, 1990.
Cyclone was Madison County's first K-9. She joined the Madison
County Sheriff's Department in 1992 and was partnered up with her
handler, Deputy Matthew Episcopo. K-9 Cyclone was trained by Sgt. Jeff
Gates and Sgt. Earl Smith of the Onondaga County SheriffÕs
Department. The team achieved an Advanced Narcotic Detector Team
Certificate from New York State as well as the German Polizei Narcotic
Certificate. K-9 Cyclone retired January 2000. One of the highlights
during her eight year tour of duty was being involved in a high-level
sting operation where sixteen people were arrested, three pounds of
cocaine was seized, twelve vehicles, ten guns and $56,220 in cash. K-9
Cyclone was involved in over 100 narcotics searches. K-9 Cyclone
educated thousands of citizens, both young and old, and conducted over
150 K-9 demonstrations for the public and received several letters and
commendations. I would like to thank all the people who supported K-9
Cyclone through the years. She will be greatly missed her friends and
family and by those who served with her.
police dog put bite on narcotics Cyclone, dead at 14, is remembered by
deputies for her ability to sniff out drugs.
Gifford Thursday, August 05, 2004 - staff writer
Cyclone, the first police dog with the Madison County Sheriff's Office,
died Monday. She was 14. In her eight-year career with the
office, Cyclone was involved in high-level sting operations that led to
the arrests of 16 people and the confiscation of 3 pounds of cocaine,
12 vehicles, 10 guns and $56,220 in cash. Those findings netted the
department enough money to replace outdated .357-caliber Magnums with
Glock .45-caliber pistols, said her handler and owner, Lt. Matthew
Episcopo. All told, the black Labrador retriever, trained to
drugs, conducted more than 100 narcotics searches, including several at
the 1994 Woodstock music festival Downstate and Woodstock '99 in Rome.
Cyclone was born a bird dog, but breeders steered her toward another
career when she refused to release the duck from her mouth on hunts.
"It was one of those things that if you're not good at one thing,
you're good at another," Episcopo said. "She was a great narcotics
dog." Cyclone was trained by Sgts. Jeff Gates and Earl Smith of
Onondaga County Sheriff's Office. She arrived in Madison County in
1992. A canine unit was not funded in the budget, so Episcopo and some
other deputies raised the money on their own. Episcopo said Cyclone, at
60 pounds, was much smaller than the other dogs that had been trained
at the time. But she was much more athletic. She excelled in narcotics
searches and impressed trainers with her ability to jump off the ground
and crawl under small openings. In 23 years as canine training
specialist, Gates tested more than 9,000 dogs and trained almost 400.
Cyclone, he said, ranked among the best. "She would go on countertops.
She'd go below floors. Her confidence level was always constant. Every
environment was fair game to her," Gates said. And when the dog
in on what she was searching for, "she would whirl around in circles,"
Episcopo said, like a cyclone. He practiced with Cyclone by applying a
fake narcotic scent on her toys and playing catch in a field, where she
would have to ignore the scents of plants, animals and other items to
concentrate on the toy. Her favorite toy was a German-made product
called Kong, Episcopo said. The beehive-shaped device tumbled end over
end and made a hopping motion, stimulating the dog's predatory
"They're supposed to be indestructible," he said. "She had one chewed
to 1 square inch of rubber. It was almost like her security blanket."
At work, she turned up contraband in jail cells and found drugs in
pulled-over vehicles, post offices and school lockers. She boarded
suspicious boats on Lake Ontario and was regularly called to help
police agencies in other counties, the lieutenant said. Cyclone
participated in more than 150 canine demonstrations during her career.
Children often sent the dog thank-you letters. Despite her impressive
professional resume, Cyclone was heralded for her personality, which
Episcopo described as "very, very sweet." She patrolled the county
campus in Wampsville regularly, stopping in offices to visit her
favorite employees and department heads. Episcopo spent much of his
time outside of work bringing the dog to nursing homes, where Cyclone
could be found licking the faces of new friends or lying on her back
for a belly rub.
"She loved attention, soaked it up like a sponge," he said. "A very,
very sweet dog. There isn't anyone who didn't love her as soon as they
met her." Cyclone retired in January 2000 and settled into an easygoing
life at Episcopo's home. The smooth, loyal Lab slowed down as old age
set in. Her hearing deteriorated and her eyes were glazed over, but, as
recently as two weeks ago, she pranced and danced like a cyclone when
Episcopo demonstrated her skills to a friend by hiding her favorite
"You would have thought she was 5 years old again," he said.
submitted by: Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
August 16, 2004
Partner: Capt. John Best
Marshall Police Department
of Police - Jim
303 W Burleson
Marshall, Texas 75670
Funeral For Marshall Narcotics Dog
A special memorial today for a fallen law enforcement officer, an
officer who never wore a uniform to work. Full department honors were
given to a K-9 officer named "Pedro." He was a 12 year old German
shepherd who served the Marshall Police Department for seven years.
Captain John Best was Pedro's partner for seven years and saw Pedro
honored numerous times for getting millions of dollars of drugs off the
street. Captain Best believes the bond between trainer and K-9 can
sometimes be stronger than our human bonds.
"They're with us eight to 12 hours a day on shift, they live with us at
the house 24 hours a day, it's a bond other officers can't
understand..When a canine falls, goes down, it really breaks the hearts
of the handlers," says Best.
Pedro died of old-age related illness. He was laid to rest in
Marshall's Airport Park.
A memorial marker there will now bear his years of service to the
Bob Hallmark, reporting.
submitted by Jim