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K9 Waro

Clayton County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, September 2, 2023

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Reflections for K9 Waro

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

October 19, 2023

RIP K9 Waro. Thank you for your service to the citizens of Clayton County

Lieutenant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police
Boston, Ma. 02120

September 22, 2023

As the Commanding Officer of the Patrol Division for the Jonesboro Police Department, I am deeply saddened by the loss of K9 Waro, a true hero.

It is the officers in my division who requested this incredible K9 team to assist us in the wee hours of the morning, to help us track down a dangerous man, armed, who needed to be caught so that the residents of our city and county could be safe - as well as our police officers.

The Clayton County Police Department responded to assist us as they always do, with the tip of the spear in this K9 team, K9 Waro out front doing what he did best, to protect the people of our county and bring bad men to justice. And that's exactly what he did!

I believe strongly that if it were not for the actions of this K9 team, their collective sacrifice and the sacrifice of K9 Waro, this story may have ended much differently and even worse than what it did, though to be clear, this outcome is completely unacceptable as well.

His loss is devastating to our department.

K9 Waro is a hero! And on behalf of the entire patrol division of the Jonesboro Police Department, WE HONOR YOU K9 WARO. You saved the life of one of our officers and we will forever be in debt for your service and sacrifice.

We all give some, but on this day, you gave all.

May the Lord bless you, may he keep you and may you rest in peace as all "good boys" do.

You will never be forgotten.

You've done your part son, sleep well, and we'll take it from here.

Lt. G. Newsom, Commanding Officer, JPD Patrol Division

Lt. G. Newsom
Jonesboro Police Department

September 11, 2023

K9 Waro, such a waste of two young lives lost. Yours on the path to glory, the perp's on a path to doom. You performed exceptionally with a heart of complete dedication to your partner - his heart now bursting with pride and pain. Let him know you completed your tour right on time, right where destiny had you to be. Your Creator wanted you home. May He shower your partner, family and department with His healing balm and hang a star in the Heavens with your name on it.

Susan King
Civilian Supporter, Michigan

September 10, 2023

I am so sorry for the loss of your K9- Waro. Thank you K-9 Waro for keeping your handler and the people of your area safe. I would like to do a portrait of K-9 Waro for his handler to say Thank you for your brave service.

U.S. Citizen Tracy Klett
K9 painter

September 10, 2023

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

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

September 7, 2023

RIP Waro

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service (Retired)

September 7, 2023

Thank you for your service Sir

Diana L Darden

September 6, 2023

I'm sorry to read of the loss of K9 Waro. He was a hero, doing his job to the very end. My heart goes out to Waro's partner. It's a sad time.

Terry Jennings
Former K9 handler and surviving spouse of Deputy Randal Jennings, EOW

September 4, 2023

K9 Waro 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

September 4, 2023

Thank you for your service.

Tim Liddell
CA Hwy Patrol 5342 ( retired )

September 3, 2023

I am sad to learn of the passing of a hero in K9 Waro. 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 Clayton County Police Department, Georgia.

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

September 3, 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]

“And ALL flesh shall see the salvation of God.” [Luke 3:6 ESV]

“For NOT ALL flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.” [1 Corinthians 15:39 ESV]

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

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DDiv, MSBS, NCCA
Certified Independent Christian Law Enforcement Chaplain
Member: Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers - USA
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department (1974-1998)

September 3, 2023

Good Boy, Waro! So proud of you. You protected your handler and other fellow officers. No fear, no hesitation. Only dedication and loyalty. Truly man's best friend.

G. Sherman
Grateful citizen

September 3, 2023

RIP K9 Waro. Prayers to the handler, his blood family and his blue family.

K9 Officer Jeff Schank
Shepherdsville Police, KY

September 3, 2023

Rest In Peace! Thank You For Your Service!

Pedro Rodriguez; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvani
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

September 3, 2023

RIP K9 Waro, you were a hero to the Clayton Co. Police and to Clayton County residents. You are now in heaven watching over us. We love you. Condolences to his handler and the Clayton Co. Police Department.

PO/ AUX PO Ivanhoe Miller
Dekalb Co. PD, Tulsa PD , NYPD

September 3, 2023

Rest In Peace K9 Waro. You are a true hero. You are loved and missed by your handler whose heart is broken since he lost you. You are now his heavenly guardian angel and will be watching over him until you both meet again.

Jill Bernasek

September 3, 2023

I would truly like to extend my deepest condolences to Waro’s Partner and to everyone at Clayton County Police department. I hope the strongest arm of the law will show when this individual has to face his consequences in court.

Clark Police Dept

September 3, 2023

Rest east, Waro. Job well done!

Reserve Officer Steve Durfee

September 3, 2023

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