K9 Frankie

K9 Frankie

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

End of Watch Tuesday, July 26, 2022

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Frankie

K9 Frankie was shot and killed after he and his handler had responded to a barricade at 40 Oliver Street in Fitchburg.

Officers had gone to the home to serve a firearms-related warrant at approximately 9:00 am. The subject barricaded himself inside for several hours as he spoke to negotiators. The man stated he would surrender but shot K9 Frankie as his handler approached him. The man committed suicide several hours later.

K9 Frankie and his handler had been awarded the Medal of Valor in 2017. K9 Frankie had served with the Massachusetts State Police for nine years.

Bio

  • Breed Belgian Malinois
  • Gender Male
  • Age 10
  • Tour 9 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

barricade, warrant service

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This poem was written for K9 Fargo of the Richland County Sheriff's Department in Honor of the unquestionable sacrifices K9's make in their everyday service to their partners and Agencies! Let this poem stand as a tribute to all our K9 Heroes who give the ultimate sacrifice!


“Our K9 Named Fargo"

He was just another Police dog,
I was going to have to train,
He was a beautiful “Belgian Malinois”,
And Fargo was his name.

We worked so hard together,
From sun up until Night,
His future as a Police Dog,
Became our daily plight.

This dog could do anything,
He was so easy to train,
Each day he made me so proud,
My partner “Fargo” was his name.

After months of rigorous training,
Fargo was ready for the road,
It didn’t take long to prove himself,
He was one of the best-I was told!

He hit on the drugs every time,
And tracked down the criminals too,
He did everything I ask of him,
There was nothing he wouldn’t do.

We stayed together day and night,
This dog I had to train,
He was my partner and my friend,
“Fargo” was his name!

It was the 16th of December,
With the moon and stars so bright,
When “Fargo” hit the trail of a robber,
My heart stopped when shots rang in the night!

My Partner was hit several times,
This K9 I had to train,
We cried because he didn’t make it,
My partner “Fargo” was his name!

Written by David L Bell RCSD (Retired) December 16, 2017
© Pending

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept.
Columbia, SC

August 3, 2022

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