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K9 Vader

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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Reflections for K9 Vader

A Prayer for K9 Vader:

Thank you for your law enforcement service to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia and to the Virginia State Police. Let us celebrate your accomplishments and remember your selfless sacrifice in the Line-of-Duty. In Luke 3:6 Jesus promised, “And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” So, death is not the end; it does not have the final say! All dogs do go to heaven because you have a spirit that epitomizes God's unconditional love. After all, DOG is GOD spelt backwards! Now, my furry, four-legged Comrade-in-Blue, rest easy, we will take it from here.

"Well done, good and faithful servant" [Matthew 25:11 ESV]
A Police Dog's Oath:

"I will lay down my life for you and expect nothing but love in return. I protect my officer with my life, and would gladly take a bullet in his/her place. I am sent in to find lost children and fugitives on the run. I find drugs and weapons and even bombs. I am the first sent in and sometimes the last to leave. I am the nose and ears of my officer. I will protect and serve my officer. I would die for my officer and for you. I only ask for compassion and a kind word in return."

Almighty God, the Virginia State Police was fortunate to receive the gift of K9 Vader from You. Now that he has left this life, please help them cope with their loss with strength and courage. I know that their beloved companion no longer suffers, and will live on in many fond memories. May he always be remembered as a trusted colleague who completed his missions with true dedication as he was trained, as well as, the unconditional love he provided his handler and caregivers. May the Lord God bless you always. In Jesus’ holy and mighty name, I pray. Amen.

Pastor/Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DD, MSBS
Ordained / Licensed Independent Christian Minister
The Merrimack Police Department Chaplaincy
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Retired)
Nashua NH Police Department

August 11, 2018

A HEAVENLY HOME…

Are these magnificent creatures now with the Lord Himself in the Heavenly Realm? Pastor and Author Randy Alcorn at EPM.org certainly feels this is factual, and even devoted 2 chapters of his best selling “Heaven” book to establish his case. Many of his inspiring articles are at: https://www.epm.org/search/?q=Animals+in+Heaven. We can also get a glimpse of the Glorious Reunions awaiting their devoted Handlers, Trainers and Owners at ImagineHeaven.net May the Good Lord comfort these intelligent and brave animals and their human family and caring departments accordingly…

Joe Lanier
A former Asst. Chief with the Jasper Texas PD

August 11, 2018

I am sad to learn of the passing of a hero in Officer K9 Vader. May the Lord deliver blessings, comfort and peace to his handler, family, friends and peers.

T W Martinez, retired and FOP member
State of New Mexico/JJS

August 11, 2018

VADER YOU ARE A TRUE HERO THAT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN,REST IN PEACE

SEAN MAIONE
FORMER OFFICER,SPOKANE POLICE DEPARTMENT

August 7, 2018

Rest in Peace K9 Vader. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the handler and the Virginia State Police.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office
Wayne, New Jersey

August 7, 2018

Thank you Vador for your service and dedication and sacrifice to public safety. You are a true Hero! Rest In Peace

Patrol officer #523. Thomas Howard
Bremen P.D. Bremen, Ga.

August 5, 2018

Even though I didn’t personally know you Vader, I know you were a special K-9 trooper. Your personality showed through your photo - you’ll be missed and we’re loved by many! Thank you for your service to the people of Virginia!!❤️

Carolyn Foran
A lover of animals

August 5, 2018

RIP my friend, you will always be a hero.

Than you for your sacrifice to mankind.

You will be sadly missed.

Capt. Chris van Niekerk
Special Task Force K9 Unit South Africa

August 4, 2018

We will remember.

Miss Eleanore Trupkiewicz
Civilian Supporter of Law Enforcement

August 4, 2018

He died a hero. God rest his soul.

ruben garcia

August 4, 2018

GOD BLESSED US ALL to have YOU in our LIVES you are and always will be an ANGEL LOOKING OVER US NOW THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AND OUR PROTECTION. GOD BLESS U ALL.

Barbara just a friend
Loving friend

August 3, 2018

RIP Vader ! Thank you for your service!

Heroes wear Dog Tags not Capes !

MAT
Citizen of Va

August 3, 2018

RIP sweet Vader. Thank you for your service to the community. I'm so very sorry your life was taken away from you and your presence denied to the rest of us. To the entire law enforcement community please know we appreciate your sacrifices...thank you for being our protectors.

Paula Kidd
Civilian

August 3, 2018

REST in peace K9 Vador YOUR A HERO

Blue Blood family Laurie Crilly
Us citizen

August 3, 2018

The men & women of the Abilene Police Department, extend their deepest sympathy to the Virginia State Police and especially to the handler, of your beloved Vader. We are grateful for the service, time, and dedication this special relationship provided your community and our country.

Beth Reeves, Chaplain
Abilene Police Department

August 3, 2018

K-9 Vader thank you for your service. May God comfort your handler. That bond is unlike anything. It was a privilege to know it. I know God has carried you home and now you run and play in the best of company. Again to the handler I am truly sorry.

Sgt David Osborne Jr
Tennessee Highway Patrol

August 3, 2018

R.I.P. Officer Vader. I send my heartfelt condolences to your fellow officers. Your short tour of duty touched many a heart. May your family find comfort in knowing you made a difference. Rest well. God Bless you and your fellow officers.

Officer Ruben Sedillo
Los Angeles County Metro Transit Authority

August 3, 2018

Rest easy Vader, Thank you for your service.

Jerry Matalone #8046 (Retired)
Des Moines Iowa Police Department

August 3, 2018

RIP Vader, Thank You for your service & sacrifice. Deepest sympathies to your handler and the Virginia State Police family. God bless you HERO!!!

Sgt. Scott Seitz
Plainsboro Township NJ Police Department

August 3, 2018

Rest in peace Vader.

Officer Tommy Thomason
Signal 88 Security

August 3, 2018

To K-9 Vader’s handler and the Virginia State Police: I am so very sorry for your painful loss! Heaven has welcomed a puppy with a sweet face. K-9 Vader: Thank You for your service and sacrifice! You are a Forever HERO! God Bless You All

Allie Wroten
Proudly Supporting All L.E.O.’s
Wife of a Corrections Deputy

August 2, 2018

I never knew you Vader, but you will be missed.

Joseph Hart-Bowley

August 2, 2018

I am so sorry for the Department's loss. Thank You for Your Service Vadar.

Renee P. Pyles
Civilian

August 2, 2018

K-9 Vader, losing you brings heartache not just to your partner and your department, but to all of us in the K-9 family. The sudden quiet that now fills the station's halls and your partner's vehicle will be a time of reflection and remembrance of all that you were and could have been. God called you home to join the rest of His heroes, RIP.

Susan King, Board
Michigan War Dog Memorial

August 2, 2018

As a handler who himself has a partner listed on this page, I can only begin to know what you and your department are going through. My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy go out to you and your family. I know they were just dogs, they were a part of the family and a huge part of us. May you rest easy Vadar. Keep Mojo company for me and we will always have your handler in our prayers.

PFC B. Van Ausdal
North Charleston Police Dept.

August 2, 2018

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