On a day that his partner, Fond du Lac police officer Craig Birkholz, was laid to rest, others in the state are paying tribute not only to Birkholz, but also to a four-legged member of the department, Grendel, who was shot in the abdomen during the same standoff.
Grendel was not wearing a K-9 bulletproof vest, and it’s one woman’s mission to make sure this kind of injury doesn’t happen again.
“When it’s a high-stress situation, he goes in first,” said Madison Police Officer Jim Donnell.
Donnell depends on his partner to track down suspects and bring them into custody.
His K-9 partner, Johnny, is a five-year veteran of the Madison police.