Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

K9 Defender

BNSF Railway Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Thursday, February 7, 2019

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Reflections for K9 Defender



January 10, 2020

May he rest in peace. He was such a beautiful dog. Thank you for your service.

Law Enforcement Student
Banning High School

April 19, 2019

I wanted to express my deepest sympathy to this fallen K9; his handler & the rail PD ofcs. on the force. I didn't know either, nor do I live in the same state; however your K9 lost his life the same day as my birthday.

Although passed, I will illuminate a porch light blue in 2020 for him in honor of his memory of the same week in Feb.

With thanks to the K9s on patrol w/ their handlers, the safety of all P.O.s is greatly enhanced. These highly-trained, four-legged officers willing to sacrifice their own lives to save that of the depts. in which they serve.

**God speed K9 Handler!**

B. Smith
Citizen/Fmr. armed private ofc.

March 9, 2019



March 6, 2019

You are a great officer who suffered a tragic accident. Your love for your K9 is understood and will see you someday in Heaven. Thank you for protecting us!!

Roma Olberding

February 27, 2019

May God welcome you with open arms. I know you are in the best of company.

Sgt David Osborne
Tennessee Highway Patrol

February 21, 2019

We will remember.

Miss Eleanore Trupkiewicz
Civilian Supporter of Law Enforcement

February 20, 2019

Defender, you served with honor, courage, and faithfulness! You are a hero! A hero now patrolling the streets of heaven. You will never be forgotten.

Leah M. Silliman
(Daughter of a Retired Deputy Sheriff)

February 19, 2019

Rest in Peace, you beautiful angel. The rainbow bridge just needed another pup that day. God bless you.

Daniel S. Meltzer
Civilian supporter

" 'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God' (Matt. 5:9)."

February 19, 2019

Sad, very Sad. You were a great partner and all in Blue respect you for all your dedication to your partner and agency. Defender, you will be remembered by all in Blue. Rest In Peace little guy...Semper Fi..

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol SLA #530

February 18, 2019

Rest in peace boy. Thank you for your service. Have fun at the rainbow bridge and wait for your partner.

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin State Conservation Warden

February 14, 2019

You say I'm "Just a Dog" then why would it be,
if you spell my name backwards god is what you see
I have many jobs, one is protecting your life
or making sure your family's safe
when that prowler is out at night
I would chase down any man who hurt someone,
I would protect you with my life until my job is done
I search for drugs in many different places,
I can pick them out of anything
even though they come in many different phases
I can sniff out a bomb that might be in your child's school,
I would risk being blown up to make sure
your child comes home to you
If you're hurt in the woods or just lost and scared
I will search as long as it takes
to make sure your life is spared
I am loyal to my master for they are first in my eyes,
I will always stand beside them
for we are partners till I die
Of all these jobs that I do,
my most important is protecting you,
protecting your life with the risk of losing mine even though I have never met you
So after all these things that you read,
tell me when you look into my eyes is
"Just a Dog" all you see?
by Christina Sudduth

struan banks
United Kingdom

February 14, 2019

K-9 Defender, God called you home so you must have perfectly completed all you were supposed to do. Send a message to your partner's heart and tell him all is well - he too was performing his job perfectly as he was trained to do. Enjoy your rest. Our prayers are with your partner, family and department.

Phil Weitlauf, President
Susan King, Board Member
Michigan War Dog Memorial

February 13, 2019

I am sad and sorry to learn of the passing of a hero in Police Officer K9 Defender. May the Lord deliver blessings, comfort and peace to his handler, family and all members of the BNSF Railway Police Department.

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

February 13, 2019

Words I’m certain fall on heavy hearts. I’m so incredibly sorry to all of Defender’s loved ones. Run free Defender. Go find all your fellow K9 Officers and wait for your Handler at The Rainbow Bridge. Thank you for your service and protection.

Sandra Lackey
Ripon, Ca

February 13, 2019

The loss of Defender is heartbreaking news. My prayers go out to Defender and I pray that his Handler receives God's blessing and understanding. Godspeed Defender.

Bobby White,
Deputy Sheriff/Special Agent (retired)
Monterey County California Sheriff's Department/Federal Aviation Administration

February 12, 2019

Rest in Peace K9 Defender. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the BNSF Railway Police Department.

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

February 12, 2019

My thoughts and prayers go out to the BNSF Railway Police Department and the family, friends, and colleagues of K9 Defender, who was accidentally shot and killed in the Line-of-Duty on Thursday, February 7, 2019. Let us celebrate his accomplishments and remember his selfless sacrifice in the Line-of-Duty. Now that K9 Defender has left this life Lord God, please help the members of the BNSF Railway Police Department cope with his loss with strength and courage. May K9 Defender always be remembered as a trusted colleague who completed his missions with true dedication. Heavenly Father, by Your Word, death is not the end; it does not have the final say! For Scripture promises that all flesh shall see the salvation of God! All dogs do go to heaven, because they have a spirit that epitomizes God’s unconditional love. After all, DOG spelt backwards is GOD! Well done, good and faithful servant! Amen.

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D. Div.
Ordained / Licensed Independent Christian Minister
The Peacemakers Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
Merrimack, NH 03054

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D. Div.
Nashua Police Department
Panther Drive
Nashua, NH 03061

February 12, 2019

I am very sorry for the passing of K9 Defender My deepest sympathies go out to his handler and friends at the BNSF Railway Police. I am sure he was the best K9 officer and companion and my prayers go to you during this difficult time.
Till you meet again over the rainbow bridge. Rest easy K9 Defender we have it from here.

Gina M. Place
Records Clerk
Deland Police Dept.
Deland, Fl

February 12, 2019

Defender thank you for your Dedicated Service to your Community and Department. Most of all thank you for your Ultimate Sacrifice im sure your Partner feels terrible. May God grant a speedy healing to all involved.

Res.Sgt Rudy Jones
Cuyahoga Falls Police Dept.
Cuyahoga Falls,Oh

February 11, 2019

Rest in peace Defender!
You will not be forgotten!

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

February 11, 2019

RIP Defender!!! Thank You for your service and sacrifice. My thoughts & prayers are with the BNSF Railway PD.

Sgt. Scott Seitz
Plainsboro Township NJ Police Department

February 11, 2019

Defender is a true hero who is now resting in peace in heaven. You’ll be remembered forever brave boy.

Jill Bernasek

February 11, 2019

RIP Defender

struan banks
United Kingdom

February 11, 2019

Defender you will be missed. You were both out doing what you were trained to do, protecting the railroad in the dead of night.

Communications Supervisor Gary Hesson
SF Bay Area Rapid Transit Police

February 11, 2019

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