The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) has announced that it will present its 2011 Wodan Animal Hero Award to Jynx, a K9 officer with the Berks County Sheriff’s Department on Friday, August 12, as part of its Hall of Fame Dinner at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. The award is given annually to an animal in the state of Pennsylvania for an act of heroism in the protection of animal or human life within the previous calendar year.
Jynx was the K9 partner of Deputy Kyle Pagerly of the Berks County Sheriff’s Department. On June 29, 2011, Deputy Pagerly, Jynx, additional sheriff’s deputies, US Marshalls, and police officers attempted to serve a felony warrant on a violent fugitive. The fugitive, Matthew Connor, took cover in a sniper’s nest with an AK-37 semi-automatic rifle.