K9 Hannes

K9 Hannes

Kern County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Thursday, August 18, 2022

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K9 Hannes died after going into medical distress immediately following the search for a shooting suspect in the area of Panama Road and Habecker Road in Lamont.

K9 Hannes was deployed to search the area after two suspects were reported to have gone into a vineyard across the street from the shooting scene at about 11:10 am. K9 Hannes searched the area in temperatures well above 100 degrees for about 15 minutes before one of the suspects was observed and ran from officers. The man was taken into custody by deputies a short time later.

Shortly after the search K9 Hannes began showing symptoms of heatstroke and was rushed to an emergency animal hospital. He passed away a short time later.

K9 Hannes had served with the Kern County Sheriff's Office for 1-1/2 years.


  • Breed Belgian Malinois
  • Gender Male
  • Age 3
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months

Incident Details

  • Cause Heatstroke
  • Offender Apprehended

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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
Richland County Sheriff’s Department (Retired)
December 16, 2017
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Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept.
Columbia, SC

September 22, 2022

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