Garfield Heights Police mourn passing of retired K-9 Jax
GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - The Garfield Heights Police Department is saddened to announce the passing of retired K-9 Jax, who crossed over the rainbow bridge on Aug. 5
K-9 Jax attended the six-week-long K-9 academy at Von Der Haus Gill in Wapakoneta in the spring of 2013.
He served Garfield Heights as a dual-purpose police K-9 trained in patrol and narcotics until his retirement on March 25, 2020.
Garfield Heights Police said K-9 Jax worked his successful career faithfully alongside his partner, retired Sgt. Marc Smith.
K-9 Jax was responsible for numerous arrests from his deployments for tracking, narcotics detection, and evidence recovery, according to GHPD.
GHPD said Sgt. Smith and K-9 Jax were active in the community, educating others through public relations events.
According to GHPD, K-9 Jax’s presence caused even the most hardened criminal to comply thanks to his stature and intensity.
“K-9 Jax will be missed by all who knew him,” GHPD stated. “Rest in Peace K-9 Jax, you served your community well.”
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