Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

K9 Max

St. Joseph Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, June 30, 2021

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Reflections for K9 Max

The First & The Last

The first to sense the hostility of a suspect,
The first to react to protect his master,
The first to enter where danger lurks,
The first to detect the hidden intruder.
The first to take action against violence.
The first to sense his master’s joy.
The first to know his master’s sorrow or fear.
The first to give his life in defense of his master.
The last to be forgotten by those who work with others like him.
They know him as a “Partner”, not just an animal.
- Author unknown -

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

August 21, 2021

Rest in Peace doggie.

Former Posseman Kevin Farrell
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

August 8, 2021

We will remember.

Miss Eleanore Trupkiewicz
Civilian Supporter of Law Enforcement

August 3, 2021

Enjoy your rest, Max. You have done well. Prayers for you and your agency.

Deputy Jacob Murphy
Platte County Missouri

August 2, 2021

K9 Max thank you for your Ultimate Sacrifice in the Line of Duty. Because of your BRAVERY and SACRIFICE your Partner and others went home to their families. Play and Protect them from above.

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

August 1, 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

February 12, 2021

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

July 31, 2021

RIP K9 Max. Thank you for your service to the citizens of St. Joseph

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

July 29, 2021

My deepest condolences to the handler, all who worked with, and loved this beautiful dog. Thank you K9 Max for your service. Rest easy

Stephanie Stewart

July 26, 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)

July 25, 2021

Somehow, in the end, justice will prevail, and the score will be settled for eternity. Evil has not taken you, you are a trophy in God's heaven! May He bless your partner with comfort and peace.

Susan King
Civilian Supporter

July 25, 2021



July 23, 2021

Rest In Peace! Thank You For Your Service!

Police Officer at Port Authority of Alle
Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

July 23, 2021

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Partner and Handler of K9 Max, his family, and the entire St. Joseph Police Department. Max is a true hero and greater than any movie hero could ever be. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

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

July 20, 2021

As a dog lover...and have experienced the loss of my own dogs ... this tragedy breaks my heart. There are absolutely no words to comfort the pain of losing your K9 partner and companion ... I offer my condolences.

... Rest In Peace K9 Max
Thank you for your service !

Cam Ferguson
Admin. Secretary
Middleburg Police Dept, PA loving memory of our fallen hero-
Chief Tony Jordan...EOW 1/13/21

July 17, 2021

I am sad to learn of the passing of a Hero in Police Officer K9 Max. 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 St. Joseph Police Department, Missouri.

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

July 12, 2021

Thank you for your service K9 Max. You rest easy boy.

Correctional Officer Tamra Allen
Texas Department of Criminal Justice

July 10, 2021

Rest In Peace K9 Max. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the handler and the St. Joseph Police Department.

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

July 10, 2021

Thank you for your service. RIP. You truly are an American Hero.

Laura Calkins Washington State

July 8, 2021

Idk if we will ever understand the loyalty of animals. If every han could , I guess there might be less need for agencys such as yours. Thoughts and prayers to Sgt Max's handlers and fellow officers. Bless you all

Civilian, Shelby Passwater
Instagram acct holder

July 8, 2021

K9 Max because of your Bravery your partner and Brothers in Blue got to go home to their families. Thank you for your service to your Community and Department. Most of all thank you for your Ultimate Sacrifice in the Line of Duty.

Rudy Jones ( Retired )
Former Reserve Cuyahoga Falls Police Department

July 6, 2021

K-9 Max may God welcome you with open arms. I know the boys have shown you around by now which means you are in the best of company. My respects.

Sgt David Osborne
Tennessee Highway Patrol

July 4, 2021

Please accept our most sincere sympathy for your loss.

Chaplains Terry Longacre.
Red Rose Lodge FOP# 16 Lancaster, County Pennsylvanianbiu hasMa

July 2, 2021

Thank you for your bravery and heroism K9 Max

Staci Earl

July 2, 2021

Heavenly Father, we ask You to be with the family of Police K9 Max of the St. Joseph MO Police Department. Even as Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, was moved to weep over the death of his friend Lazarus, so we know You are touched by the tears of those who mourn the loss of Police K9 Max. In Your divine providence, fill the aching void in our hearts with Your comforting presence and grant peace through the assurance of Your love and care. In the mighty and holy name of Your beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

During His three (3) year ministry, the Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed, “Blessed are those who mourn. They will be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4 GW]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS, RPP, NCCA
Ordained / Licensed Independent Christian Clergy
Christian Chaplain Ministry
Merrimack, NH 03054

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

July 1, 2021

Thank you for your service K9 Max. You gave the ultimate sacrifice. Rest easy, boy.

Correctional Officer Tamra Allen
Texas Department of Criminal Justice

July 1, 2021

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