K9 Joker

K9 Joker

Indian River County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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K9 Joker died when he accidentally choked on a training aid that became lodged in his throat.

He was rushed to Live Oak Animal Hospital in Vero Beach but he was not able to be resuscitated.

K9 Joker had served with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office for three months.


  • Breed Belgian Malinois
  • Gender Male
  • Age 1
  • Tour 3 months

Incident Details

  • Cause Training accident


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The First & The Last

The first to sense the hostility of a suspect,
The first to react to protect his master,
The first to enter where danger lurks,
The first to detect the hidden intruder.
The first to take action against violence.
The first to sense his master’s joy.
The first to know his master’s sorrow or fear.
The first to give his life in defense of his master.
The last to be forgotten by those who work with others like him.
They know him as a “Partner”, not just an animal.

- Author unknown -

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

August 21, 2021

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