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K9 Champ

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, February 15, 2023

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I would just like to say thank you to you and Partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Kansas City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 15, 2024

Such loss you must feel. Know that we mourn with you for the loss of both Officer Muhlbauer and K9 Champ. We thank them for their service, and extend our heartfelt sympathy to all who knew them.

Liane Johnson, #53-66
Monroe County Sheriff's Office

June 9, 2023

K9 Champ, you and your handler are forever joined in God's kingdom. My condolences and deep respect to you both.


June 7, 2023

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

February 19, 2023

K-9 Champ, the Lord decided to take you and your partner Officer Mulbauer home together. He always seems to take the very best home early. Your bond was great in life here, and even stronger as your spirits enter the greatest Kingdom of all. You can rest in His arms, and send your strength, peace, hope and love to those you've left behind. May your arrival in Heaven together answer the questions of those who wonder why God allows such seemingly tragic events to happen. There are no consequences or mistakes when it comes to the finest.

Susan King
Civilian Supporter, Michigan

February 19, 2023

Rip K-9 Champ. I know you and your handler Officer Muhlbauer are still together as a team watching over us from above. Thank you both for your service.

Former NJ K9 Patrol Officer
Former NJ K9 Patrol Officer

February 19, 2023

I am sad to learn of the passing of a hero in K9 Champ. 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 Kansas City Police Department, Missouri.

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

February 18, 2023

Retired New York State Parole Officer. We Salute the Patrol Officer and his K9 partner. May you forever Rest in Peace. A Part of America died along with you! Semper Fi Wayne J. Entress

Parole Officer 41 precince Bronx New Yor
New York State Parole

February 18, 2023

When an agency loses an Officer, the Nation mourns with them. Our state lost a great team. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Until Valhalla.

SSG. C. Clemons

February 18, 2023

Heaven has a new Officer and his four-legged angel on patrol. Please keep watch from above over your family and department to keep them safe. Your dedication and courage here on earth will always be remembered.

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

February 18, 2023

Rest in Peace K9 Champ

james oneill

February 18, 2023

RIP Champ

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service (Retired)

February 18, 2023

I'm so, so very saddened to hear of the loss of these two officers. What a needless tragedy. Rest in peace Officer James Muhlbauer & K9 Officer, Champ. I'm so sad. My deepest sympathy to their family, friends & fellow officers, etc,

Michelle Steil

February 18, 2023

You are a beautiful K-9 and I know that your handler Officer Jim Muhlbauer, loved you. God took both of you for all the right reasons. I look at Champ and know that both of you are playing together in Heaven. Thank You, Champ for your dedicated service to the citizens of Kansas City, MO

Ret. Sgt. Joe Covington
Corpus Christi Police Department

February 17, 2023

K9 Champ cross over the Rainbow Bridge and enjoy running and playing with the other fallen heroes who gave their lives to save officers and the public.

Private Citizen Kathryn Felts
Mother of & Family Member of Law Enforcement

February 17, 2023

Rest in Peace K9 Champ. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Kansas City Police Department.

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

February 17, 2023

Walk well, Champ and Jim. (Inuit Prayer)

Donnie Bowerman
Retired LEO

February 17, 2023

Rest in peace, Champ. I'm sure you were a very brave dog. That you were dedicated to protecting your partner, catching bad guys and helping the public.
You might want to look up Missy, Dolly, Katie and Sadie in heaven. They were all very good girls. Tell them their Daddy said hi. I'm sure they'd love to hear all about your adventures as a police dog.

Daniel Ryan
Private Investigator (Retired)

February 17, 2023

Rest in Peace K9 Champ

Anrae G Godley-Cooper
U.S. Army Military Police

February 17, 2023

RIP K9 Champ Officer Muhlbauer. Thank you for your service to the citizens of Kansas City

Lieutenant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police
Boston, Ma. 02120

February 17, 2023

Rest in peace my friend. We have the watch from here. Until we meet again. Run fast and free.

Officer Tommy Thomason
Oklahoma National Memorial Museum Security

February 17, 2023

Lord God of unfailing love, to those families of our beloved nation, the United States of America, who are suffering in the wake of the loss of a Law Enforcement K-9 family member in the Line-of-Duty, 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 God, in Your compassionate mercy, hear my prayer. Amen.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4 ESV]

“Well done, good and faithful servant.” [Matthew 25:23 ESV]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, M.SBS, NCCA, FCPO-USA
Ordained Christian Global Outreach Minister No. 36526
Christian Chaplain Ministry
Merrimack, NH 03054

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

February 17, 2023

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