In Memoriam – K9 Rocky

Sgt. Carol Ogrinc of the New Canaan Connecticut Police Department, has announced that K9 Rocky, a three year old male German Shepard, of their Police Department died during a training exercise with his handler. Rocky had successfully completed his task. As normal, he was given his usual toy ball as a reward.  As Rocky was playing and chewing on his “reward ball” it became lodged in his throat. 

His handler, Officer Michael McFadden, attempted to remove the blockage but was unable to open an air passage. McFadden used all measures of life-saving techniques available in an attempt to remove and bypass the blockage and get air into Rocky’s lungs.  Unfortunately, McFadden was not successful and K9 Rocky died of asphyxiation.

Rocky had served with the New Canaan Police Department for only six months.  K9 Rocky of the New Canaan Connecticut Police Department, gone but never forgotten.  EOW: Sunday, April 7, 2013.

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Patrick Sharkey

Pat Sharkey earned an associate's Degree at Kellogg Community College and was hired by the Battle Creek Township Police Department as a dispatcher. Pat was then hired by the Michigan State Police and was initially assigned to the Capitol Security Detail. Eight years later, he attended the 98th Trooper Recruit School. Pat served as a trooper for the remainder of his career serving at State Police Posts in Erie, Sandusky, Northville, Flat Rock, Bridgeport, Ypsilanti, and Caro areas of Michigan. He attended Michigan State University’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Program and was certified as an expert witness in several Michigan courts. Pat retired in 2010 after 35 years of public service. He is a correspondent for Law Enforcement Today and enjoys hunting, target shooting, and (most of all) sailing.

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