K9 Chase

K9 Chase

Cobb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, June 6, 2023

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K9 Chase succumbed to heat-related injuries when the air conditioner malfunctioned in his handler's patrol vehicle around 2 pm.

Officers and K9s participated in scheduled active shooter drills at Allatoona High School at 3300 Dallas Acworth Highway in Acworth. K9 Officers checked on their K9s every 45 minutes. K9 Chase's handler noticed that the air conditioner was not running during one of the breaks. Despite life-saving efforts, K9 Chase died at a local veterinarian clinic.

K9 Chase had served with the Cobb County Police Department for over three years. As a K9 trained for narcotics detection and criminal apprehension, K9 Chase seized thousands of dollars worth of illegal narcotics and helped with numerous arrests.

K9 Chase was named after Patrolman Chase Maddox of the Locust Grove Police Department, Georgia.


  • Breed Belgian Malinois
  • Gender Male
  • Age 4
  • Tour 3 years, 2 months

Incident Details

  • Cause Heatstroke

mechanical failure

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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

October 19, 2023

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