We are very sad to have let everyone know that Jimmy Sweat Sr. has passed away. Jimmy was very instrumental to Region 5 and a very active member until his retirement. This man put 30 plus years into dogs. He will be sorely missed. We send his family many thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.

James L. "Jim" Sweat Obituary | Snyder Funeral Homes

Check Back Soon For Jim's Tribute Video! Man’s best friend – the very metaphor for loyalty – had nothing on Jim Sweat. 

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K-9 BUBBA (10-07-19)

It is with a very heavy heart and great sadness that we would like to announce the passing of one hell of a police dog, retired EPD K-9 Bubba.

K-9 Bubba served with his Handler, Det. Wayne Hunt, from 2006 to 2012 in the Joint Task Force Narcotics Unit. Bubba was 14 years old and was a rescue from a local animal shelter. K-9 Bubba has enjoyed retirement living with now, Sergeant Wayne Hunt and his family since 2012.

K-9 Bubba was laid to rest this evening at the FOP PAL Camp Cemetery alongside all the other K-9’s that have served our region. Our heart felt condolences go out to the Hunt Family. K-9 Bubba may be gone but he certainly will not be forgotten.

K-9 ORY (5-19-19)

It is with great humility and sadness that the Lexington Police Department announces the sudden passing of retired police K9 Ory on May 19, 2019. 

K9 Ory was a member of the Lexington Police Canine Unit for approximately five years before being medically retired in 2016. He was a United States Police Canine Association certified narcotics detection and patrol canine and served the city of Lexington selflessly during his tenure as a member of the Canine Unit. Partnered with Officer Patrick Murray, Ory took part in public demonstrations too numerous to count, building searches, tracks for missing persons, as well as tracking for violent criminal suspects when needed. K9 Ory removed illegal drugs from Lexington’s streets daily while assisting the Bureau of Patrol as well as the Special Investigations Section Narcotics Unit. When Ory retired, he went to live with the Murray family.

 

When Officer Murray returned home Sunday, he called to Ory and noticed the dog was acting strange. Ory collapsed and was rushed to the veterinarian for emergency care. Doctors worked tirelessly to make a diagnosis and ultimately removed Ory’s spleen due to internal bleeding. Unfortunately, retired police K9 Ory was unable to make it out of surgery and succumbed to his internal injury as soon as the procedure was over.  

K9 Ory was 8 years old and was very loved by his family. The Lexington Police Canine Unit officers and their K9 partners send condolences to the Murray family and shares in the loss of Ory. Times like these are reminders to K9 officers about the special bond we have with dogs. As handlers, police dogs have become a huge part of our lives and we will never take for granted the faithfulness and courage that our canine partners give to us. 

The gift of undying trust, loyalty, and bravery in the darkest of nights, and the brightest of days, is what makes a dog chosen for public service so special. Not all of our heroes walk on two legs.

K-9 BOSKO (2-5-18)

On Monday February 5th. K-9 Bosko of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office passed away.  Bosko was 9 ½ years old and was the partner of Deputy Bryan Bishop.  His burial was this morning, Friday, February 9th, 2018 at the FOP PAL camp K-9 Cemetery.  He will be missed. Please click the link for a release from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Offce.

K-9 GARIK (7-25-17)

It is with sincere regret that I must inform you of the untimely passing of retired police K9 "Garik". K9 Garik passed away today with his handler Officer James Burnette by his side. God Speed K9 Garik, and let this once again be a reminder to those who serve and carry the badge that not all heroes walk on two legs.

K-9 DARO (7-12-17)

It is with sincere regret that I must inform you of the untimely passing of retired police K9 "Daro". K9 Daro passed away today with his handler Retired Officer Darrell Jones, and his wife Michelle by Daro's side. 
The Lexington Police K9 Unit would like to extend its sincere condolences to Retired Ofc. Darrell Jones and his family, as they are as much a part of our family as K9 Daro was. God Speed K9 Daro, and let this once again be a reminder to those who serve and carry the badge that not all heroes walk on two legs.

K-9 CHAOS (5-12-16)

It is with great sadness and humility that we share the untimely passing of retired Police K-9 “Chaos.” K-9 Chaos passed away early Thursday morning (5-12-16) at his home here in Lexington with handler Officer Brian Burnette and his wife Holly by Chaos’ side.

K-9 Chaos

Chaos joined the Lexington Police Department in 2007, serving the city and its citizens with great courage and dedication until he was retired in 2014.

For approximately seven years K-9 Chaos apprehended more than 50 suspects wanted for various offenses, the majority violent felonies. Chaos was an exceptional police dog and the K-9 Unit and its handlers would like to send our condolences to Officer Burnette and his wife, as they are as much a part of our family as K-9 Chaos was.

God Speed K-9 Chaos, and let this be a reminder to those who serve and carry the badge that not all heroes walk on two legs.  

K-9 AJAX (2-8-16)

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office announces passing of K-9 Ajax (pronounced "eye-axe"). Ajax was was placed in service in 2004 and was retired in 2013. A Sable German Shepherd imported from the Czech Republic, Ajax racked up some impressive numbers during his career. Ajax apprehended dozens of felons and located thousands of grams of narcotics during the nine years he spent assigned to his handler, Sgt. Robert Clark.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office Press Release
​February 8, 2016

K-9 AZAR (1-4-16)

K-9 Azar served the Loveland Police Department in Ohio and recently passed.  Thank you K-9 Azar for your service. Thoughts and prayers to Jose and his family.  

K-9 BOBI (1-17-14)

K-9 Bobi joined the Evansville Police Department in December of 2005. After training  with his partner, Officer Jason Thomas, Bobi began patrolling the city of Evansville in the spring of 2006.  In 2007 Bobi and Jason became fully integrated members of Evansville S.W. A. T. Team.

 

Bobi was a member of Region 5 of the USPCA.  Bobi earned several awards including the 2011 region 5 Top Dog.

 

The Evanville Police Department provided a kennel for Bobi that was used only briefly. Bobi had his own room and couch at the Thomas home. He lived indoors with his handler Jason, his wife ( EPD Det.) Crystal, a Rottweiler named Cato, and two cats.

 

In the October of 2013 Bobi developed a tumor under his front left leg. The tumor was surgically removed. There were healing complications and Bobi had to have a second surgery. In November Bobi returned to full duty. After a consultation with an oncologist it was found that Basal Cell Carcinoma cells were still present. This is an unusual tumor in dogs and very aggressive. Bobi began oral chemotherapy and continued to work.

 

On January, 3 2014 , after 8 years of service, 10 year old Bobi went to roll call and caught his 91st apprehension on his last night at work.

 

At the time of Bobi's retirement, several larger tumors had returned.  There were several other indications that the cancer had spread and Bobi was in discomfort. Bobi had trouble walking and intermittent spells of difficulty breathing. On January 17th., just two weeks after retirement, Bobi was laid to rest at the K-9 cemetery at the FOP PAL camp in Evansville.

 

Bobi will be remembered as a partner, family member, and friend.

 

Bobi's final out of service call: http://youtu.be/7T0nX1nwKO8

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