K9 Vasko

K9 Vasko

St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Friday, June 25, 2004

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K9 Vasko was shot and killed while performing an apprehension during a foot pursuit of a car-jacking suspects.

During the track one of the two suspects fired a shot, at which time Vasko attempted an apprehension. The subject fired two more times, striking Vasko. His handler was able to return fire and wounded the subject multiple times.

Vasko was transported to an emergency veterinarian hospital where he underwent surgery, but died from complications the following day.

K9 Vasko was posthumously awarded the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Medal of Honor and Life Saving Award


  • Breed Australian Cattle Dog
  • Gender Male
  • Age 5
  • Tour Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, June 24, 2004
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Convicted

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