Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

K9 Vader

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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Reflections for K9 Vader


I AWOKE THIS MORNING TO PUT ON BLUE & A BADGE OF HONOR UPON CHEST/ I must put a gun on my hip with a prayer in my heart & a willingness to serve the public from the bad guys in the streets/ you see with a media that leaves God out & a public who sometimes cower for their fear of wolves being led by the prince of darkness. My life is hated for giving out a ticket but thanked when breathing life into a human being/ I wear a target on my back not knowing whom to fear & so I turn to God for the Strength to bear. I try to put a happy face on then hear of a brother in blue or brown being slain for no reason but wearing a uniform of color to serve all colors. Oh how my heart bleeds within as Father, Mother, & my family of color give there life for the sake of another!
SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCH ANGEL DEFEND THE PEOPLE IN BLUE WHO FIGHT A BATTLE/ of Good over evil. Be there hope as they trust in you that what happens in battle is there surrender to GODS Holy Will & for the greater Glory of GOD/ who will cast the devil into hell. The people in Color live in the Hue!!! GODS PROMISE IN THE SKY OF BLUE!!!!!

Deacon John Clymore

Deacon John Clymore
Saint Benedict Church, Holmdel, nj

October 28, 2018

I am sorry to learn of the passing pf a hero in Police Officer K9 Vader. May the Lord deliver blessings, comfort and peace to his handler, family, friends and peers

T W Martinez, Retired and FOP member
State of New Mexico/JJS

August 26, 2018

Rest in peace Vader. Semper Fidelis.

Lt. M.R. Frost
Lexington Va Police

August 19, 2018

My deepest condolences to K9 Vader. He will forever be deeply missed and always remembered as one of VA's finest. God bless you all and the K9's that serve with you. Rest In Peace, Vader. Gone and Never Forgotten.

Officer (CO1) Williams, Aaron E.
West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (WVDOC)

August 17, 2018

RIP Vader. Gone much too soon.

Diane Anderson
Live PD Nation

August 16, 2018

A Prayer for K9 Vader:

Thank you for your law enforcement service to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia and to the Virginia State Police. Let us celebrate your accomplishments and remember your selfless sacrifice in the Line-of-Duty. In Luke 3:6 Jesus promised, “And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” So, 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. After all, DOG is GOD spelt backwards! Now, my furry, four-legged Comrade-in-Blue, rest easy, we will take it from here.

"Well done, good and faithful servant" [Matthew 25:11 ESV]
A Police Dog's Oath:

"I will lay down my life for you and expect nothing but love in return. I protect my officer with my life, and would gladly take a bullet in his/her place. I am sent in to find lost children and fugitives on the run. I find drugs and weapons and even bombs. I am the first sent in and sometimes the last to leave. I am the nose and ears of my officer. I will protect and serve my officer. I would die for my officer and for you. I only ask for compassion and a kind word in return."

Almighty God, the Virginia State Police was fortunate to receive the gift of K9 Vader from You. Now that he has left this life, please help them cope with their loss with strength and courage. I know that their beloved companion no longer suffers, and will live on in many fond memories. May he always be remembered as a trusted colleague who completed his missions with true dedication as he was trained, as well as, the unconditional love he provided his handler and caregivers. May the Lord God bless you always. In Jesus’ holy and mighty name, I pray. Amen.

Pastor/Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DD, MSBS
Ordained / Licensed Independent Christian Minister
The Merrimack Police Department Chaplaincy
Merrimack, NH 03054

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

August 11, 2018


Are these magnificent creatures now with the Lord Himself in the Heavenly Realm? Pastor and Author Randy Alcorn at certainly feels this is factual, and even devoted 2 chapters of his best selling “Heaven” book to establish his case. Many of his inspiring articles are at: We can also get a glimpse of the Glorious Reunions awaiting their devoted Handlers, Trainers and Owners at May the Good Lord comfort these intelligent and brave animals and their human family and caring departments accordingly…

Joe Lanier
A former Asst. Chief with the Jasper Texas PD

August 11, 2018

I am sad to learn of the passing of a hero in Officer K9 Vader. May the Lord deliver blessings, comfort and peace to his handler, family, friends and peers.

T W Martinez, retired and FOP member
State of New Mexico/JJS

August 11, 2018



August 7, 2018

Rest in Peace K9 Vader. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the handler and the Virginia State Police.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office
Wayne, New Jersey

August 7, 2018

Thank you Vador for your service and dedication and sacrifice to public safety. You are a true Hero! Rest In Peace

Patrol officer #523. Thomas Howard
Bremen P.D. Bremen, Ga.

August 5, 2018

Even though I didn’t personally know you Vader, I know you were a special K-9 trooper. Your personality showed through your photo - you’ll be missed and we’re loved by many! Thank you for your service to the people of Virginia!!❤️

Carolyn Foran
A lover of animals

August 5, 2018

RIP my friend, you will always be a hero.

Than you for your sacrifice to mankind.

You will be sadly missed.

Capt. Chris van Niekerk
Special Task Force K9 Unit South Africa

August 4, 2018

We will remember.

Miss Eleanore Trupkiewicz
Civilian Supporter of Law Enforcement

August 4, 2018

He died a hero. God rest his soul.

ruben garcia

August 4, 2018


Barbara just a friend
Loving friend

August 3, 2018

RIP Vader ! Thank you for your service!

Heroes wear Dog Tags not Capes !

Citizen of Va

August 3, 2018

RIP sweet Vader. Thank you for your service to the community. I'm so very sorry your life was taken away from you and your presence denied to the rest of us. To the entire law enforcement community please know we appreciate your sacrifices...thank you for being our protectors.

Paula Kidd

August 3, 2018

REST in peace K9 Vador YOUR A HERO

Blue Blood family Laurie Crilly
Us citizen

August 3, 2018

The men & women of the Abilene Police Department, extend their deepest sympathy to the Virginia State Police and especially to the handler, of your beloved Vader. We are grateful for the service, time, and dedication this special relationship provided your community and our country.

Beth Reeves, Chaplain
Abilene Police Department

August 3, 2018

K-9 Vader thank you for your service. May God comfort your handler. That bond is unlike anything. It was a privilege to know it. I know God has carried you home and now you run and play in the best of company. Again to the handler I am truly sorry.

Sgt David Osborne Jr
Tennessee Highway Patrol

August 3, 2018

R.I.P. Officer Vader. I send my heartfelt condolences to your fellow officers. Your short tour of duty touched many a heart. May your family find comfort in knowing you made a difference. Rest well. God Bless you and your fellow officers.

Officer Ruben Sedillo
Los Angeles County Metro Transit Authority

August 3, 2018

Rest easy Vader, Thank you for your service.

Jerry Matalone #8046 (Retired)
Des Moines Iowa Police Department

August 3, 2018

RIP Vader, Thank You for your service & sacrifice. Deepest sympathies to your handler and the Virginia State Police family. God bless you HERO!!!

Sgt. Scott Seitz
Plainsboro Township NJ Police Department

August 3, 2018

Rest in peace Vader.

Officer Tommy Thomason
Signal 88 Security

August 3, 2018

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