K9 L.E.

K9 L.E.

United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, May 10, 2009

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Explosives Detection K9 L.E. was killed when she was attacked by an alligator while conducting her daily training search in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The alligator pulled K9 L.E. underwater and she never resurfaced.

Her submerged body was recovered following a five hour search.

K9 L.E. had served with the ATF for two years.


  • Breed Labrador Retriever
  • Gender Female
  • Age 3
  • Tour 2 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Animal related

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hello little girl…it’s been over a decade since i was here, but you’ve been with me every day. K-9 Darel, who helped fill the hole in my heart after you were killed, crossed rainbow bridge almost a year ago. i’m hoping he found gavin and you three are keeping each other company, resting easy. i dream of being with you all again.

L. A. Bykowsky
ATF K-9 Handler, retired
K-9 L. E. EOW 5/10/09

December 11, 2023

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