K9 Midas

K9 Midas

Hancock County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia

End of Watch Monday, July 30, 2018

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K9 Midas died from complication of heat exhaustion suffered after the air conditioning unit and the 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 veterinary 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 years.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Heatstroke

mechanical failure

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K-9 Midas, you truly embodied your name as you were priceless to your partner and the department and your heart of gold touched everyone you met. You ARE a precious one, because you now live over the Rainbow Bridge with your Creator who called you home.
Shower down your comfort and peace from above upon Deputy Hoder, his family and your department.

Susan King, Board
Michigan War Dog Memorial

August 28, 2018

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