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Every dog has its day but Maximus is having his week. The K-9 officer has captured four suspects in three nights.
The latest suspects were captured in the 5000 block of Lacey Street in the Hillyard neighborhood late Tuesday night.
Officer Michael Russo and Maximus’ handler Paul Gorman responded to a possible burglary in progress at a vacant house.
When officers arrived they spotted a broken window and heard people inside, then saw a man throw a furnace motor out of a window.
A shot from a car-thief on March 17, 2009 ended K-9 police dog, Var’s, 8 year career. Happily, Var was well on the road to recovery, and even received a purple heart for his bravery, when a second health scare emerged to threaten his life.
It has been discovered that Var has a brain tumor that will end his life if not treated soon. He has been seen by WSU veterinarians who feel that he has a great chance at recovery if the surgery is completed in time. Unfortunately, the enormous bills that go along with brain surgery are falling on his current owner and former partner, Dan Lesser.
Lesser, along with other Spokane police officers, are banding together to raise funds to get Var the medical attention that he needs to survive. The officers feel that it is the least that they can do for a dog who put his life on the line for his partner. The car thief that shot him only did so because Var was between the suspect and the police officers. Now it’s time to pay him back for his bravery.
A private fund has been established at the Spokane Law Enforcement Credit Union, 924 W. Sinto, Spokane, WA 99205 – account number 4780. Any excess funds collected will be used to help care for other retired K-9 dogs in need of medical attention. The officers are in the process of creating a non-profit fund specifically for this purpose.
Var’s surgery has been scheduled for this coming Tuesday at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Let’s hope that the surgery is a resounding success and that this brave dog can live out the rest of his life enjoying a happy and healthy retirement.
Faced with a life of police patrols, chasing suspects and drug hunts, the Spokane Police Department’s newest recruit has just one thing to do for the next few months: play.
Ajax, a 2-month-old German shepherd, is due for lots of tug-of-war in a newly reinstated police puppy training program after his breeder, Nikolay Lungu, of Pullman, donated him to the department.
Touched by the recent shooting of now-retired police dog Var, Lungu, owner of the Pullman-based German shepherd breeding business I-Guard International, said he agreed to donate the puppy after being contacted by Spokane K-9 trainer Shawn Kendall.
The Spokane Police’ puppy program produced Ajax, a German shepherd puppy which will one day be a working police dog. But for now, the two-month-old is happy to make friends and play tug of war with caretaker Jay Kernkamp, a police officer who volunteered to raise the puppy until training starts.
Spokane Police officers are hailing 20 year-old Josh Myer a hero. Myer is credited with saving the life of a man trapped in his burning vehicle after crashing into a snow berm.
It happened in the 5800 block of north Belt when Edo Pierre drove his vehicle into a snow berm just after 11:00 Tuesday night. After crashing into the berm, Pierre’s vehicle burst into flames. Pierre was not well enough to get out of the vehicle on his own.
That’s when Myer, who witnessed the incident happen from his home, rushed to the vehicle to try to help Pierre. The door was locked and Pierre was unable to get out on his own. Myer ran to his pickup and got a snow shovel, which he used to shatter the side and driver’s windows.
He was then able to unlock the doors and, as the car fire began to spread, Myer was able to help Pierre out of the vehicle and away from the car.
Two snow plow drivers blocked traffic in the area until emergency responders could respond. When responders arrived, they were able to provide medical attention to both Pierre and Myer.
Pierre suffered minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of DUI and taken to the Spokane County Jail. Myer suffered a cut hand and suffered from some smoke inhalation.
First responder Officer Michelle Madsen said, “Without Mr. Myers heroic actions, Mr. Pierre would have certainly suffered serious injuries or would have died.”
The Spokane Police Department thanks Mr. Myers for going above and beyond to make Spokane a safer place to live.
Officer Dennis Walter has Parkinson’s disease, but he still gives other officers a run for their money.
SPOKANE — At a time when local governments are trying to stay inside their budgets the Spokane Police Department is actually turning a small profit with its canine training program.
On Thursday Redmond Police Officer Sam Hovenden was training in Spokane using facilities developed by the Spokane Police Department for its own K-9 Unit.
“They’ve got a good sized canine unit here, they’ve got a lot of master instructors they’ve been using their dogs in swat for a number of years and so in a lot of ways these guys are really the experts for SWAT and K-9,” Hovenden said.
Hovenden is one of 10 officers from out of the area who are paying the Spokane Police Department for their training. That money in turn is being reinvested into the force’s K-9 program which helped fund the purchase of a new K-9, Leo.
“Because we have a dog that’s ready to retire we were forced to go purchased a dog, and so the money from these schools … we try to be self sufficient so we have a fund that’s ready to go to deal with that situation,” Spokane Police Officer Shawn Kendall said.