I was just made aware by @nsc_photography that K9 Argo from the Normandy, MO PD, whose photo we have used as our profile picture from basically the start of the page, died last week. He fell from a four story drop in a parking garage where he ran off a ledge that deceivingly looked like a wall level to ground, but instead was sadly a gap, then a straight drop. Argo passed away two days later in the hospital from complications. .
It is odd how you can feel sadness and such deep loss for an animal you have never met. But this photo of Argo to me represented the spirit of a working dog, as simple of a thing as it may be, I plan to always have his photo as the one that represents this page. My deepest sympathy to his handler and their department. Rest In Peace, Argo. Thank you for your service and dedication.
Paying tribute to K-9 Abby E.O.W. 28 October 2017
Our condolences to Sergeant Brian Howarth and the Union County (NJ) Sheriff's K-9 Unit for their loss of K-9 Abby.
From the Department: “It is with great sadness we announce the passing of K-9 Abby. Last year, K-9 Abby was diagnosed with Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia, a condition that was controlled by medication and allowed her to return to work. However, on Saturday October 28 after completing her shift with Sergeant Howarth, Abby succumbed to complications due to her disease.
K-9 Abby, a Chocolate Labrador trained in explosive detection, was born in the United States on April 4, 2009. She was partnered with Sergeant Brian Howarth and began serving with the Union County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit in early 2012. She conducted over 500 sweeps for explosives or firearms during threats, as well as preventative sweeps prior to special events, dignitary visits or high profile trials.
She was also part of the New Jersey Detect and Render Safe Task Force, a unified team of over 50 explosive detection K-9 teams that respond Statewide to threats or special events. Most recently, K-9 Abby was assigned to assist in security during President Trump’s visit to New Jersey on October 1st. She was also deployed to Seaside Park, Elizabeth and Linden in September 2016 to help investigate several pipe bombings.
K-9 Abby’s easy going, always happy demeanor will be sorely missed. She was always willing to greet the public at demonstrations and graciously accepted their belly rubs.
K-9 Abby was truly one of a kind and Sergeant Howarth and his family will miss her dearly. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.” Thank you for your service, K9 Abby. Rest well. SC: Union County Sheriff’s Office #policedog#k9#EDD#detectiondog#herodog#policek9#endofwatch#workingdog#protectandserve#dogsoffreedom