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K9 Jojo

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, January 6, 2016

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Reflections for K9 Jojo

It's an absolute terrible thing, it truly is. One moment, you're both involved in something routine and in a single second, not only does one of the worst possible things happen but it's something the farthest away from what you would ever expect. Then, as if that wasn't enough, you end up losing a finger during such a desperate attempt. Terrible, is the only way to discribe the entire incident and it happens to be something that I'm familiar with only I was totally helpless when my dog fell into a raging river. I almost killed myself on the rugged shore trying to run after her until I finally lost sight and never found her. Both of these stories are very heart felt for me and I want to say that I'm so very sorry.

M. Gonsalves
Citizen / S.F. Bay Area

August 4, 2016

I had a similar experience with my own dog, and friend, Smokey. He had swallowed a large chunk of chicken and began to act funny, he stumbled sideways and went to the floor. His eyes rolled back white, I was able to attempt heimlick but it did not avail. I was able to reach way in and did get the piece out. He came to and lived. I'll never forget that feeling. I am very sorry for this brave, great K9 Officer's Death. These K9's are the Highest example of bravery, loyalty and goodness. Godspeed Officer Jojo. Regards & sympathy to his partner. - Mike Glennon

Mike Glennon (Massachusetts)

May 16, 2016

This story brought tears to my eyes!!! Your handler tried so hard to save your life that is a true partner!!! Thank You both for your service!!! You are better at the bridge JoJo waiting for your handler.
To your handler thank you for being a kind amd caring person!!! You went above and beyond!!! May your heart heal. I wish you and your family, department and future department to be safe, well and happiness.
Thank You,
JoJo RIP and Godspeed Thank you


May 6, 2016

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

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

March 15, 2016

So sorry to hear of K9 Jojo's passing & his Partner losing a pinky finger, trying to save his companion.
May God be near Your Fellow Officers/ Friends , Department , Community & Country.
Thank you Jojo for not only your Brave Service, but your Friendship & Loyalty to your Fellow Officers.
RIP Jojo, Cainine Officer of Valor, with Honor.
Gone from Our Sides ... Forever in Our Hearts & Memories ...

Ms. Karen Morgan, Psy & LE Grad.
Eagles Wing Baptist Church, SD

March 15, 2016

Rest in Pace, Jojo. You were a good and faithful partner/officer.

Lisa Burton

January 27, 2016

Our thoughts are with the men and women who have grown close to and worked with this special member of your agency.

ASAC, Thomas H. Kelly Jr.
Federal Air Marshal Service

January 26, 2016

Jojo's time here on earth was too short, but his faithfulness, diligence, courage and unconditional love will live on in the hearts of all who knew him and knew of him.

Brian & Betsy Zielinski
Michigan War Dog Memorial Board of Directors Members

January 26, 2016

Thank you for your service officer Jojo

Tanya J. Berry
mother of deputy sheriff

January 25, 2016

RIP Jojo and good job. Please keep a watch over your handler from heaven. All good dogs go to heaven.

Security Sergeant Cody
MemHosp Security

January 24, 2016

What a heartbreaking story. I am so sorry. I can't imagine witnessing such a thing. It brings tears to my eyes. RIP Jojo.


January 22, 2016

My heart goes out to the department, handler, and family involved. K-9 officers are so special, they will protect everyone and anyone when asked. I will keep Jojo and his partner in my thoughts. Very sorry.

Retired Firefighter

January 21, 2016

RIP Jojo, thank you for your service. Prayers to his handler, family and department.

K Toy
Law enforcement supporter

January 20, 2016

As a k-9 handler it is always tough loosing your furry friend & partner. I only hope that time will heal your wounded heart & allow yourself to move past this terrible tragedy. I hope you will feel & experience the grace of God which will help you get past this unsettling experience.

Greg former K-9 Handler

SFC, Officer Gregory Heiny
571st Military Police Corps, Fort Ord, Ca/ Stockton Police Dept., Stoc

January 20, 2016

Prayers go out to your handler, Jojo. You did a Remarkable job in December and continued to work to be a great officer. Thanks for your service & to your handler for trying so hard to save you. Run in the meadows of Heaven now sweet one.

Survivor of N.C. Trooper Calvin Taylor

January 20, 2016

A Prayer for K9 Jojo:

Thank you for your law enforcement service to the citizens of San Bernardino County, California and to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Let us celebrate your accomplishments and remember your selfless sacrifice in the Line-of-Duty. However, death is not the end; it does not have the final say! All dogs do go to heaven because you have a spirit that epitomizes God's unconditional love.

And He [Jesus] said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise" [Luke 23:43].

Now, my four-legged furry Comrade-in-Blue, rest easy, we will take it from here.

"Well done, good and faithful servant" [Matthew 25:11]. May the Lord God bless you always. Amen

Pastor Steven Robert Closs, MNACM
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
Merrimack, NH 03054
Chartered by the National Association of Christian Ministers

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

January 19, 2016

I am so sorry for the lost of your friend/partner. It hurts so much because we love so much. R.I.P.

Mrs. Gail Vollmer

January 19, 2016

RIP Jojo

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

January 18, 2016

Sorry for your loss. A dog of this magnitude is incredible
and is a great loss to the police department and of course his partner.. RIP Jojo

Not a Law enforcement member

January 18, 2016

Jojo thank you for protecting and are a true hero and will never be forgotten,thanks to your handler for trying his best to save you and for his dedication,my heart goes out to you both and your are all heroes !!

SEAN MAIONE,former officer
spokane police department

January 18, 2016

Such a sad way to pass, you did a fine job Jojo. Great work, and it is now time to rest. You and your handler have served the public well, RIP you will be missed!!!

K9 Officer J.R. Bilak
Atlanta Police Department EOD K9 Unit

January 18, 2016

I know that you did your best to save K/9 Jojo. your dog will be waiting for you someday, in the mean time his new mission is to play with the children and run in the tall grass near the Rainbow Bridge. Jojo you did your job after the San Bernardino terroist attack and you served the community well. Rest in Peace !

Ret. Sgt. Joe Covington
Corpus Christi Police Department

January 18, 2016

I was heartbroken to hear this, I know that your handler loved you and cared deeply for you. You were loved, but now set free to run at Rainbow Bridge until you two meet again.

Stephanie Harris, LEOW - Spouse of Sgt, LAPD

January 18, 2016

Thank you for your service and sacrifice, Officer Jojo. Our love and prayers for your handler and fellow officers.

Joel & Lisa
Civilian supporters

January 17, 2016

Rest in peace Jojo!
You will not be forgotten!

Willie Bell Hopewell VA!
Friend Of All Law Enforcement Officers!

January 17, 2016

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