Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

K9 Bella

Maryland Division of Correction, Maryland

End of Watch Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Reflections for K9 Bella

I'm truly sorry for the loss of K9 Bella. She gave her life to serve and protect and will always be honored and forever remembered. She’s now in heaven with all the other fallen angels.
Thank you, K9 Bella, for all did, Forever Rest in Peace!

Rachel Blitz

April 13, 2021

Oh that's terrible. Bless you Bella! You are adorable. Rest in Peace little angel


October 14, 2016

I'm so sorry this happened to the handlers and to Bella. May she rest in peace, and you find solace in knowing you did everything possible to save her. My thoughts are with you during this time.

Kayla Hurt

August 18, 2015

I'm sorry for your loss

J. Mueller, Sgt (Retired)
Illinois State Police

August 17, 2015

"The K-9 Spirited Watchdogs"
Even though our many Law Enforcement & Millitary Force K-9's from all the Countries around our Planet have Ended their Watch in our life time.

Their Devoted K-9 Spirits have Crossed Over the Rainbow Bridge and now they are carrying on duties up above in Heaven with God.

Richard "Jafa" Oddy©

Richard "Jafa" Oddy
IPA US (Associate)

August 2, 2015

So sad. This is a tragedy that should never have happened and now its happening more often than not. Something needs to change so that these precious commodities, partners, life friends should not have to endure this. They are our protectors! Treat them as such. Love them, pet them, watch over them as they do us. Rest in Peace Bella. You have done your duty for us all.

City Marshal Bonnea Tindle
City Marshal's Office, Killeen, TX/Former Shreveport Police Dept.

June 1, 2015

The law enforcement community is deeply saddened by the untimely passing of K9 Bella. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go to the department of K9 Bella. We thank her for her service.

Zone Five Academy Session 58
New York State Zone Five Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy Re

May 25, 2015

Some heroes have four legs, a wet nose, and a wagging tail. Thank you for your service. Rest in peace, K-9 Bella.

Gail M. Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig eow 2/16/04

May 24, 2015

Our thoughts are with the handler and the department at this time of loss. There's something special about the K9 partner, loyal and dedicated to the end. Rest in peace Bella, you've earned it.

Sheriff Ray Foster
Buchanan County Sheriffs Office

May 6, 2015

RIP K-9 Bella, you did the job for the love of your partner.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

May 6, 2015

My heart breaks to hear this. May you run free at Rainbow Bridge.

Stephanie Harris, LEOW - Spouse of Sgt, LAPD

May 6, 2015

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the handler and family of K9 Bella and the Maryland Division of Corrections during this time. Thank you, K9 Bella, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

May 5, 2015

Rest in peace K-9 Bella. Condolences to your handler who I'm sure is feeling a great deal of sadness.

Agent Whitney K-9 Handler
U.S. Border Patrol

May 4, 2015

My sympathies to K-9 Bella's Handler, partner & best friend.

Michelle Bender-Gruber,RN
Mom of Firefighter

May 2, 2015

Thank you for your service K9 Bella. You will not be forgotten.

Michelle - Wife of US Marshal

April 30, 2015

God speed K9 Bella, thank you for your service.

Blue Line K9 Foundation
In Memory of K9 Ronin, EOW 06/20/13, Glendale PD, Arizona

April 28, 2015

A K9 is not a pet, and not just man's best friend. A K9 is a partner, a protector, and confidant. This loss if felt across the force.

Bella, you have done your duty. Rest easy now. We have the watch from here.

Joseph Walker
Niobrara, Nebraska Police Department

April 22, 2015

Bella, It is with deep sadness I have learned of your passing. Thank you for your service. You gave your best each day and will be blessed for eternity. I hope to meet you in Heaven when I am reunited with beloved canines and others who have preceded me. Condolences to those who cared for you and will keep you forever in their hearts.

Megyn MacKenzie
Westie Rescue USA

April 22, 2015

My condolences to her handlers. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Your service was brief but you left an impression on our department.

Special Projects Coordinator, Mark Radcl
MD Police & Correctional Training Commissions

April 21, 2015

So sorry to here this my condolences to her handlers. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

D.Vernon COII

April 20, 2015

K9 Bella you have been taken to heaven to await for the day that you see your old friends and your handler. Play and eat well, until then rest in peace.

Former Sgt. Joe Covington
Corpus Christi Police Department

April 20, 2015

So sad,Blessings and peace to you on your way home,peace to your owner

Karlene Dunn
supporter of fallen officers

April 19, 2015


To the family, friends, and colleagues of K9 Bella:

From the beginning of time after Cain killed his brother, Abel, there has been a need for law enforcement officers to protect the weak and to bring evildoers to justice. This work is necessary in a sinful world and is dangerous. Thus far in 2015, seven law enforcement canines have sacrificed their lives to protect their handlers and the citizens of this great nation. Today, we honor the sacrifice of K9 Bella, of the Maryland Division of Correction, who died in the line-of-duty on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in a cruiser fire while being transported to the Western Correctional Institute in Cresaptown, Maryland.

Lord God, we are grateful for the life of K9 Bella. She died serving us. Help us never to forget. Help us celebrate the life of K9 Bella and honor her sacrifice. Be with the family, friends, and colleagues of this fallen hero. Comfort them and give them your strength. Guide those who seek to take care of the family of this hero. May those empowered to do so, care for them with integrity. In commemorating the death of this hero, help those who mourn to remember that death is not the end. Death does not have the final say, but is simply the transition to the glorious life to come. Dogs do go to heaven! They should look forward to that life to come with joy and thanksgiving.

As for the citizens of the State of Maryland, help them to faithfully equip their law enforcement officers and canines with the best tools to protect their state. May their training be adequate to the task. Help the citizens of the State of Maryland to remember to fund their law enforcement canine programs adequately and treat their canine heroes with respect. Help the citizens of the State of Maryland to obey the law and treat each other with dignity so as not to add to the burden of crime and pain to their state.

The time for mourning will soon pass. We have now remembered and celebrated the life lost in this great tragedy. As the family, friends, and colleagues of K9 Bella go forward, they must celebrate the good things in their lives; and to celebrate life itself!

Finally, Lord God, we pray for the families, friends, and colleagues of all the law enforcement officers and canines who have been killed in the line-of-duty and we thank you for their sacrifices. Bless the lives of their families, friends, and colleagues so they might find healing. Help their law enforcement organizations support the families of these fallen heroes. Even though their deaths might have been senseless, make something good come out of these situations so that their law enforcement organizations and the communities in which they lived and served might be stronger because of their lives and their deaths. Amen.

Now, K9 Bella, may the Lord bless you, and keep you: the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Amen.
Now, go and crossover the ‘Rainbow Bridge’ for there is much work to do in God’s Legions against Evil!

In His Service,

Police Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Retired Captain of Police, Nashua NH Police Department
Police Chaplain of the Merrimack, NH Police Department
Pastor of The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry

Police Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Merrimack NH Police Department

April 19, 2015

A blue light will shine on our porch through the darkness tonight to honor the life and service of K9 Officer Bella. Our deepest condolences to her handler and family, fellow officers and department. RIP Bella.

George & Vicki Stinson
LEO Phoenix, AZ Retired and Spouse

April 18, 2015

Sorry for the loss.
Sincerest regards for Bella, and her handler.

Sgt. Paul Schanno- Honor Guard Member
State of MN Dept. of Corrections MCF-Stillwater

April 18, 2015

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