The Kent Police Department is mourning the loss of two of its K9 officers (one retired).
K9 Maverick died unexpectedly March 19 at only 7 years old, after suffering from an unexpected medical emergency, according to KPT.
Maverick began his career with the department and his handler, Sgt. Corey Ashe, in 2017. He was dually certified as a patrol and narcotics detection canine, as well as being a member of the Putnam County Emergency Response Team.
Maverick and Ashe developed a strong bond immediately, and Maverick had a successful and decorated career.
“K9 Maverick made a considerable impact to our community not only while on patrol, but at community events, as well,” said the department. “Just last month, K9 Maverick successfully tracked a suspect after a domestic disturbance, leading to the apprehension of the subject.”
The department said Maverick’s work ethic was matched only by his joy. “When he wasn’t on patrol, he loved being with his family,” said KPD. “The Town of Kent Police Department will miss him dearly and be forever grateful for his service..”
On March 21, the department said good-bye to retired K9 Radar due to an aggressive illness – after he took his final ride in a patrol car, escorted by his fellow officers.
Radar began his career with the department and his handler Det. Sgt. Alex Vanderwoude in 2013, and served until his retirement in January 2022. During his successful and decorated career, Radar recovered narcotics, apprehended felons and reunited lost loved ones with their families.
“Aside from K9 Radar’s greatest contributions to our community, he was known for having a gentle side and a gentle heart,” said KPD. “Rest easy, Radar. Thank you for your service and commitment to not only to the Town of Kent Police Department, but to our community. You will truly be missed.”