Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

K9 Max

Miami Gardens Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, September 13, 2013

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Reflections for K9 Max

Thank you for your service Max. I'm sorry you were taken from us. My heart goes out to your handler and all who knew you. I can't wait until we get to see you again. Until then, you go and run free and happily through the Heavens knowing you were loved and valued.

Surviving Daughter of Special Agent J. Robert Porter
Federal Bureau of Investigation
E.O.W. 8/9/79

September 18, 2013

K9 Max, thank you for your service and dedication. You will never be forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Max's family and friends.

Michelle, wife of US Marshal

September 18, 2013

So sorry for the loss of such a beautiful animal. Heartfelt
condolences to Max's handler and the entire department.
South Florida has lost a valuable member of its law enforcement community. Rest in peace Max.

L. A. Bykowsky
ATF K-9 Handler, retired
K-9 L. E. EOW 5/10/09

September 18, 2013

"Super" Max will be missed. We have taken for granted all of the times Chris and Max have come in and help finish the job. From all of the apprehensions (of which there have been many) to all of the handguns you two have helped us recover in the pitch black backyards. Looking back, we always figured that this was the way it would continue.
Max once broke a prong collar while on a bite. The collar didn't come unlinked; it snapped because Max would not give up and come off the bite. Chris had to go back to the car and get a replacement so the criminal could be secured. Max waited patiently, locked on. If you ask me, he was already secured.
We know your next partner will be just as driven, handsome, and dependable. But he will have a large collar to fill.
Thank you Chris and Max for all of the 15's (back-ups). We are sorry for the loss of such an outstanding friend, family member, and teammate.

Crime Suppression Team
Miami Gardens Police

September 17, 2013

Heaven needed the best K-9 to patrol the streets of Heaven....RIP Max and always watch over your partner.....

Wayne Duncan

September 17, 2013


lieutenant Ken Shanley
Oneida County Sheriffs Office

September 16, 2013

So sorry your department lost Max in such an unexpected way. We don't even think they can receive severe injuries just getting into the location. It's always if someone shoots or beats them. Condolences to Max's partner and his entire P.D. family.

Doreen van Lith / retired non-sworn
Westminster P.D. (retired)

September 16, 2013

good boy. good boy. xoxoxoxoooxxxx in my mind i see you licking the face of Jesus while he scratches your ears. you are happy and frolicking with all the other animals. no more work, no more anxiety, no more pain. job well done!!!! thank you for your service max. good boy. xoxoxoxoxo from vermont.

Kathryn Sternfels

September 16, 2013

Thank you Officer Max for your service and sacrifice. May God bless your partner and family you leave behind.


September 16, 2013

R.I.P. Max! I wish I would have had the pleasure of meeting you. I was honored to work with your fellow K-9 friends when I was deployed to Kuwait. The service you provided is worth more than you will ever know. Never met you, but I miss you!!

Retired Master Sergeant Howard Grout
U.S. Air Force / Security Forces

September 15, 2013

My sincerest sympathy to the Miami Gardens Police Department and the handler for K9 Officer Max. Rest in peace Max, thank you for your service...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

September 15, 2013

Rest In Peace K9 Max. Wait by the Rainbow Bridge to be reunited with your Handler one day. Watch over as he continues on with the Watch. My condolences to your Handler/Partner and the Miami Gardens Police Department.

Sgt Fred Nordt
Lake Success PD, Long Island, NY

September 15, 2013



September 15, 2013

I pray you have a fun time in Heaven, You are our Hero in all sense of the word, rest in peace you did your time in hell. God speed and Strength through this moment of loss to your handler Officer!

Trooper Julio Velez
Florida Highway Patrol

September 15, 2013

I join my K9 Miranda in a paw salute to a good dog. Thank you for your service.

Park Ranger (Protection)

September 15, 2013

I'm so sorry. :-( Please know you're in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. He was an angel...and is one in heaven...


September 15, 2013

Max did his job well while was here; his new assignment is to be a Guardian Angel for his handler - no one could ask for more! R.I.P. Max.

Mark and Cindy Koch, Retired


September 15, 2013

I am so sorry for the death of your partner, there is nothing like knowing you have someone at your back.

Tandra Dooley

September 15, 2013

Such a great loss. Our dogs reflect us, it's our greatest contribution back.

Sherrie Fuqua, Sgt, Army Reserves

September 15, 2013

I am so sorry for your tremendous loss! This was a freak accident that no one could have foreseen. Please know that Max, his partner, and the entire department will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Licensed Mental Health Professional- Bev
All First Responders in N. Nevada

September 15, 2013

Your duty for your handler went beyond your training. Your bond and devotion never ends with K-9 Officers. Your injuries were beyond what you could handle and God decided he needed you somewhere else. You will be where all the animals can run free again, but I am sure you will be protecting and guarding until you meet your master again. You will be greatly missed I am sure to all who have met you. Peace my four legged friend!


September 15, 2013

Rest in peace Max a good 15. Sorry for your loss.

Officer Brian Nusall
Key Biscayne PD

September 15, 2013

Max, enjoy your time to run and play as you wait for your "person" & family. You were faithful to the end, and your Rainbow Bridge crossing into heaven is your reward. We salute you!

Karen Hausfeld

September 15, 2013

Rest in happiness at the Rainbow bridge!!!

Dispatcher Emeritus
Cedar Rapids Police &Fire

September 15, 2013

Max you served proudly and are every bit a hero. To your handler, who I know will miss you, I leave this message.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

Patrolman Thomas C. Pountney DRPA Police

September 15, 2013

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