K9 Midas

K9 Midas

Hancock County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia

End of Watch Monday, July 30, 2018


K9 Midas died from complication of heat exhaustion suffered after the air conditioning unit and failsafe unit failed in his handler's patrol car.

The vehicle was parked at the Hancock County Sheriff's Office when the failure occurred. The patrol car was equipped with a failsafe system that was intended to roll down the windows and activate an alarm if the air conditioner stopped, but the failsafe system did not activate.

K9 Midas was transported to a local veterainary office where he suffered additional complications from the heat exhaustion and died later that day.

K9 Midas had served with the Hancock County Sheriff's Office for three yeras.


  • Breed Belgian Malinois-German Shepherd mix
  • Gender Male
  • Age 4
  • Tour 3 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Heat exhaustion

mechanical failure


Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Sheriff Ralph A. Fletcher
Hancock County Sheriff's Office
102 N Court Street
PO Box 458
New Cumberland, WV 26047

Phone: (304) 564-3911

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A Prayer for K9 Midas:

Thank you for your law enforcement service to the citizens of Hancock County, West Virginia and to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. 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 Hancock County Sheriff’s Office was fortunate to receive the gift of K9 Midas 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

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