We’re learning this week about the sad passing of K9 Jake, a narcotics dog with the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Jake had an allergic reaction to a substance inside an Elmore County prison last week.

Police say the K9 collapsed during a contraband search inside Staton Correctional Facility last Thursday after he “alerted” on a substance before falling unconscious.

ADOC is still waiting for results to determine definitively what the substance was, but an early test by a HazMat team identified it as synthetic marijuana. 

The nursing staff at Staton performed CPR on Jake – they also inserted an IV before the K9 was transported to the Auburn University Veterinary Clinic.

Last Friday his condition began to deteriorate and he caught pneumonia. 

On Monday, Gov. Kay Ivey officially commended Jake, who joined ADOC is 2014. 

“I was saddened to hear that one of the Corrections K9s, Jake, lost his life over the weekend. This K9 died in service to public safety and in service to the state,” Ivey said. “Jake is an example of the goodness, the loyalty and service that our four-legged friends provide. We certainly lost a loyal companion.”

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We also learned this week about the heartbreaking death of a New Jersey corrections officer who was killed when he was driving to work early last Saturday morning.

NJ.com confirmed that New Jersey State Correctional Police Officer Sean Brown and a Delaware woman were both killed when the woman driving the other way reportedly crossed the center line of the roadway and crashed head-on into Brown’s vehicle.

OFC Sean Brown was killed while driving to work. (Twitter)

 

The crash happened just after 5:15 a.m., as Brown headed to Garden State Youth Correctional Facility for his shift.

Police said that both Brown and the other driver, Priscilla Broadard, 71, were pronounced dead at the scene in Woodland Township. Authorities also noted that the crash was an isolated incident and did not involve any other drivers other than Brown and Broadard.

Sgt. Lawrence Peele of the New Jersey State Police said that the cause of the crash was still under investigation. Authorities kept the roadway closed for nearly five hours following the deadly crash.

This morning we lost a hero. OFC S. Brown was killed in a motor vehicle accident this morning on the way to work. He was…

Posted by NJ PBA Local 105 on Saturday, July 20, 2019

 

Brown was a husband and father of three. He served in law enforcement for 11 years before the tragic accident claimed his life. His friends and coworkers looked back on his memory fondly.

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“OFC Brown was a role model to many as well as a union representative helping many officers in his distinguished 11 years of service. He will be missed by all,” a GoFundMe page setup for Officer Brown read.

 

NJ.com reported that the fundraising page helped raised more than $12,600 in its first 12 hours, with a goal of raising $50,000 for the fallen officer’s family.

Broadard was reportedly a grandmother and worked for the State of Delaware. 

Rest in peace, Officer Brown. You are gone, but your service is never forgotten. 

Our team at Law Enforcement Today takes the passing of each and every single police officer to heart.  We pray for them and for their families.  This prayer was sent to us last year, and we believe it’s important to share it in memory of the fallen and all those who serve and protect.

A Police Officer’s Prayer: (Author Unknown)

Oh Almighty God,
Whose Great Power and Eternal Wisdom Embraces the Universe,
Watch Over All Policemen and Law Enforcement Officers.
Protect Them from Harm in the Performance of Their Duty to Stop Crime, Robberies, Riots, and Violence.
We Pray,
Help Them Keep Our Streets and Homes Safe Day and Night.
We Recommend Them to Your Loving Care Because Their Duty is Dangerous.
Grant Them Your Unending Strength and Courage in Their Daily Assignments.
Dear God,
Protect These Brave Men and Women,
Grant Them Your Almighty Protection,
Unite Them Safely with Their Families After Duty Has Ended.
Amen.