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10-19-07, 09:40 AM #1
K9 Officer Down
Funeral is today....please keep her handler and his family in your thoughts. As a mounted patrol officer, it is hard to imagine losing my partner...they don't volunteer for this job but they do a hell of a job protecting us.
DATE: October 17, 2007
TIME: 9:15 a.m.
CHARLOTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, Punta Gorda, Florida
CCSO REPORTS K-9 BLOODHOUND “LIBERTY” DIED LAST NIGHT; TWICE WINNING TOP K-9 TEAM IN FLORIDA
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reports that bloodhound “Liberty” died last night due to a severe medical condition that was discovered a couple months ago. Liberty’s team handler was Deputy First Class Emmett Merritt. A special service for Liberty will be held Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the Royal Palm Memorial Gardens Pet Cemetery, 27200 Jones Loop Rd., Punta Gorda, off I-75 Exit-161.
DFC Merritt and Liberty were honored Sep. 10 in Tallahassee by Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp as the 2006 Florida Missing Children’s Trailing Team of the year. This was DFC Merritt’s third time winning this number one prestigious team honor. During the past four years, DFC Merritt was honored as the top K-9 Team in Florida with K-9 Rowdy in 2003, then Liberty in 2004 and Liberty again in 2006; in 2005 DFC Merritt and Liberty were runners up.
DFC Merritt has been with the CCSO since Aug. 1999; his K-9 partner Liberty was donated by the Kody Snodgrass Memorial Foundation of Homosassa, Florida, known as 832 K-9’s Deputy Dogs, Inc. Liberty’s kennel name was originally “Diamond in the Rough.” She was donated to the CCSO in memory of Deputy Snodgrass, badge No. 832, of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, a handler and trainer who was killed in a traffic accident Oct. 2001. DFC Merritt has since obtained another bloodhound thanks to the same foundation and the new bloodhound is currently in training. The other CCSO bloodhound team is DFC Deryk Alexander and K-9 Justice.
Liberty’s original kennel name was "Diamond in the Rough" when DFC Merritt received her. The Sheriff’s Office held a “Name the Sheriff’s New Bloodhound” contest with all elementary school classes in the county submitting a name. There were 69 names presented and given to DFC Merritt’s four children to select one name. “Liberty” was chosen as submitted by Mrs. Melissa Marlett who teaches K-1 children at Liberty Elementary. For their efforts, the class got a special pizza party, and the school received a special trophy, and the school got a K-9 “Doggy” demonstration Dec. 13, 2003.Never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way" ~Martin Luther King, Jr
10-19-07, 09:54 AM #2
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10-19-07, 03:09 PM #3
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10-19-07, 03:56 PM #4
10-19-07, 04:04 PM #5
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
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10-19-07, 05:46 PM #6Corporal
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10-19-07, 05:50 PM #7
R.I.P. Buddy!YEAH, IM THE BERRIES, AND CHERRIES IN YOUR REAR VIEW MIRROR.
Handle every stressful situation like a dog.
Eat it, Play with it, or piss on it, and walk away!
As smart as man is, we haven't been able to invent a machine that can smell drugs or tell us where a person has walked,” Dogs are sophisticated investigative tools!
10-19-07, 06:04 PM #8
Rest in peace.
10-19-07, 06:38 PM #9
rest in peace"Be Polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet"
10-23-07, 08:57 PM #10
Rest in Peace...http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...ndid=197722498
"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - George Orwell
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