Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Another Friend For Beautiful Joe...

VPD loses a long time K9 in the line of duty
Jan, 25 2006 - 8:50 AM

VANCOUVER/CKNW(AM980) - Vancouver Police are mourning the loss of one of their canine members.

The dog ‘Nitro’ was killed Monday night while trying to catch a couple of car thieves.

He caught up to the pair as they jumped onto a freight train in New Westminster.

Nitro grabbed one of the men, but slipped and was run over by the train.

Constable Tim Fanning says the dog will be missed. “Very sad, very sad, but he went out in a hail of glory,” Fanning said.

Nitro had been on the force for nine years and was due to retire shortly and live with his handler.

This is the only print version I can find of this story, and it's on the CKNW website. Whoever wrote it took political correctness too far and kept referrring to Nitro as "it." I corrected the copy. And this is the only picture I could find; maybe later there will be an updated version.

Nitro was a fully-fledged member of the Vancouver Police Department. He, like all canine Members, has a rank: Police Dog.

And what the news blurb on NW's website does not say is that he got his man -- the perp jumped for the train, Nitro grabbed a mouthful of him and pulled him off the train before slipping and falling under the wheels.

Small comfort to his partner and family, but because he was killed in the line of duty, Nitro rates an Inspector's funeral.

UPDATE: The "print" news came in this morning, Thursday, January 26, 2006.


Blogger Dez said...

Why dogs make the best cops:

A Police Dog cannot be bribed. Not even with a rawhide chew toy.

A Police Dog would never lie in court (although he might sit).

A Police Dog does not care what color you are. Or what you taste like.

Police Dogs do not eat donuts.

Nobody has ever been accidently killed by a Police Dog during an arrest.

No Police Dog has ever ignored a case because it was not worth his time.

Police Dogs do not moonlight as nightclub bouncers or security guards at rock concerts.

(feel free to add more examples)

Thursday, January 26, 2006 9:12:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Police Dogs never just "put in time" until they can retire.

Police Dogs treat their job like a game -- because to them, that's exactly what it is.

Police Dogs don't play power politics.

Good stuff.

Thursday, January 26, 2006 9:25:00 PM  

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