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K9 Jango

Bakersfield Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, April 27, 2021

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Reflections for K9 Jango

RIP Jango

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

June 5, 2021

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 & State Trooper (Retired)

May 23, 2021

Thank you Jango for taking care of all of us in Bakersfield and Kern County. You came to us from the Netherlands. God gave you an important task. You did your job. Now your reward is waiting for you. I know that when Brock crosses over you will be first in line to greet him. Thank you sweet doggie for answering the call. I love you dog. The Bible says that ALL creation will be renewed. Brock I’m sorry for your loss. God bless you.

Randy Ariey Bakersfield Teacher
Citizen of Bakersfield

May 22, 2021

Faithful friend, loyal companion,
we say farewell to you now.
You have kept us warm at night,
protected our home
and offered us unconditional love.
For this we are thankful,
and we will remember you forever.

Anne Hunsinger
UPOA

May 17, 2021

R.I.P

Sergeant (RET.) J O
NYPD

May 16, 2021

As a law enforcement family member I have had the sad experience of attending way too many K-9 funerals. It some ways it’s sadder than a human funeral. I’m so glad these brave officers are being recognized for their selfless duties and putting their lives in danger to save the handlers and other innocents lives. I know you’ll be missed not only as a partner but as a loving family member. Rest In Peace and thank you for your service.

Debra Taylor

May 16, 2021

Thank you K-9 Jango for your incredibly heroic service. You were such a handsome and clever fellow, and you served with such dignity and fidelity and bravery. Run in the golden light of heaven with your faithful companions, K-9 Jango, best of friends!!

Rebekah, California Girl

May 15, 2021

❤️❤️❤️

Patrol officer Tiger Roberson
LRPD

May 15, 2021

I watched live the night you were taken.. it broke my heart ♥️ I prayed you were not injured badly, I pray now for your partner.. Thank you for your service Jango.. Our pets, our partners, and our working dogs are family!! I know God was waiting for you at the rainbow bridge.. RIP

Julie Smith
Daughter of Sheriff Jim Cantrell, deceased!

May 13, 2021

K9 Jango, your heroism displayed shall not be forgotton. Your act of selfless action saved lives in your sacrifice. RIP and God speed on your journey to this afterlife with your place saved along side all of the heroes who came before you!

To your handler, fellow officers, department, family, community and all those who called you friend know K9 Jangos sacrifice was one fought in the face of evil and without his heroism more death would have fallen upon your community.

K9 Jango is my hero, we shall never forget, he will never be forgotten

We'll take it from here!

Darin Campbell
Executive Director
Working Dogs Oregon

May 12, 2021

This poem was written for K9 Fargo of the Richland County Sheriff's Department in Honor of the unquestionable sacrifices K9's make in their everyday service to their partners and Agencies! Let this poem stand as a tribute to all our K9 Heroes who give the ultimate sacrifice!


“Our K9 Named Fargo"

He was just another Police dog,
I was going to have to train,
He was a beautiful “Belgian Malinois”,
And Fargo was his name.

We worked so hard together,
From sun up until Night,
His future as a Police Dog,
Became our daily plight.

This dog could do anything,
He was so easy to train,
Each day he made me so proud,
My partner “Fargo” was his name.

After months of rigorous training,
Fargo was ready for the road,
It didn’t take long to prove himself,
He was one of the best-I was told!

He hit on the drugs every time,
And tracked down the criminals too,
He did everything I ask of him,
There was nothing he wouldn’t do.

We stayed together day and night,
This dog I had to train,
He was my partner and my friend,
“Fargo” was his name!

It was the 16th of December,
With the moon and stars so bright,
When “Fargo” hit the trail of a robber,
My heart stopped when shots rang in the night!

My Partner was hit several times,
This K9 I had to train,
We cried because he didn’t make it,
My partner “Fargo” was his name!

Written by David L Bell RCSD (Retired) December 16, 2017

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept.
Columbia, SC

May 7, 2021

Rest in Peace, good and faithful servant.
God has already reserved a final resting place for our peacemakers.
Please continue your careful and diligent watch over us.
When Law Enforcement perishes, a proud and caring nation mourns.
Thank you for your heroic sacrifice!
Thank you for your selfless service!
Thank you for your guardian protection!

Our prayers to the family and department.

Charles F. Holloway, Jr.
Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
Elizabethtown Police Department

May 5, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with the handler and Bakersfield Police Dept. Officer K9 Jango , may all find peace in knowing Jango is with God

Anne Hunsinger
UPOA

May 2, 2021

Rest in Peace K9 Jango. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the handler and the Bakersfield Police Department.

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

May 1, 2021

Lord God of unfailing love, to those families who are suffering in the wake of the loss of a Law Enforcement K-9 family member, help us to provide support. Allow us to be their rock and fortress in a time of immense pain and uncertainty. Help us to keep them safe and nourished in their time of grief, suffering beside them as we move toward healing and reconciliation. Lord, in Your mercy, hear my prayer. Amen.

Pastor Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS, OLICC
Associate Pastor - United National Church

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

May 1, 2021

I Love You, Beautiful K9Jango. Thank You For Doing What You Did Best. Protecting And Helping Others. I Know In My Heart That You Are Still "With Us", In Spirit & Soul. I Went To The Department (Station) A Couple Days Ago, And "Felt" Your Presence, Sweetheart. As They Told Me, "You Did Your Job", However, I'm Still Heart Broken. We Love You. Enjoy Running Free In God's Green Pastures ... Til We Meet Again. With Absolute Love And Full Respect ... ~ Lynn ( ... and Link, also ... )

Lynn Kester

May 1, 2021

K9 Jango a TRUE HERO.Thank you for your service to your Community and Department. Most of all thank you for your Ultimate Sacrifice in the Line of Duty.Because of your Brave actions your partner and others got to return home to their families. May God grant everybody involved with a speedy healing.

Rudy Jones (Retired)
Former Reserve Ofc.Cuyahoga Falls OH Police Dept.

April 30, 2021

I was so saddened when I heard that Officer K9Jango had died in action. When I first moved to Bakersfield, one of the ways in which I learned about the city was via a BPD ridealong to get the field of what working conditions were like in the streets as a BPD member was like. For security reasons, I will not list the name of the officer who I rode with. When we stopped to meet up with other officers or join others in the field, I got to meet Jango and his partner. I remember him well. Jango was kind, alert, personable, patient and welcoming to me. He seemed to know instinctively that I was not a danger. Although I did not hear back, yesterday I called the BPD to learn how I could donate to his plague, memorial, rememberance or something in Jango's honor. He made an impression on me that I will not forget. I'm sorry for the BPD and all of Bakersfield's loss.

Skye Knight Dent
The Roxbury Projects

April 30, 2021

We are sorry to hear of Police Officer K9Jango passing. May all find peace in knowing that he is running and playing with a small child and God in Heaven.

Anne Hunsinger
UPOA

April 30, 2021

I am sad to learn of the passing of a Hero in Police Officer K9Jango. I believe our Heavenly Father has welcomed him home into his loving arms where he will now patrol the Golden Streets of Heaven. May the Lord deliver Blessings, Comfort and Peace to his Handler, Family and all members of the Bakersfield Police Department, California

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

April 30, 2021

I am sad to learn of the passing of a Hero in Police Officer K9Jango. I believe our Heavenly Father has welcomed him home into his loving arms where he will now patrol the Golden Streets of Heaven. May the Lord deliver Blessings, Comfort and Peace to his Handler, Family and all members of the Bakersfield Police Department, California

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

April 30, 2021

I am sad to learn of the passing of a Hero in Police Officer K9Jango. I believe our Heavenly Father has welcomed him home into his loving arms where he will now patrol the Golden Streets of Heaven. May the Lord deliver Blessings, Comfort and Peace to his Handler, Family and all members of the Bakersfield Police Department, California.

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

April 30, 2021

Thank you K9 Jango for your service to your handler, department and community. You are no doubt still on patrol but now doing so wearing Angel wings.

Brian & Betsy Zielinski
Michigan War Dog Memorial K9 Salute Team Members

April 29, 2021

K-9 Jango May God carry you home over that Rainbow Bridge. I saw on another post a comment that I believe is so true so I will share. When a Police or Military Working Dog crosses that Rainbow Bridge all playing stops. All the others gather at that Rainbow Bridge and welcome the Hero home out of respect. What a grand sight that will be. I know you are in the best of company. My thoughts and prayers with your handler/partner. God Speed K-9 Jango take care of my boys.

Sgt David Osborne
Tennessee Highway Patrol

April 29, 2021

This tragedy hits home very hard for me. RIP K-9Jango. Thank you for your unselfish and honorable service and my greatest sympathy to his handler, his family, the whole BPD team. Prayers go out every day for each and everyone one of you protecting our communities.

ILCY ACHTMANN SANTIZO
Family member of BPD Law enforcement

April 29, 2021

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