Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

K9 Rivan

Virginia Department of Corrections, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, April 2, 2024

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Reflections for K9 Rivan

End of Watch—I salute

Brother of fallen Police Officer William "Billy" Cohan of NRPD in MA. EOW 5-14-88.

April 5, 2024

Rest in Paradise K9 Rivan - your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Prayers to your handler and department.

M.E. Berryman (former ID Tech)

April 5, 2024

R.I.P. Rivan

Retired Gary Woods

April 5, 2024

RIP Rivan

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service (Retired)

April 4, 2024

Dear Director Chadwick S. Dotson:

I was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of K9 Rivan, your loyal and brave canine. I can only imagine how difficult this time must be for you and your fellow officers at the Virginia Department of Corrections. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your esteemed K-9 Rivan.

It is evident that Police K-9 Rivan was not just a highly trained member of your team but also a beloved companion and a true asset to the community. The dedication and commitment of both the K-9 and their handler are evident in the invaluable services they provide, from tracking down suspects to detecting dangerous substances.

The bond between a Police K-9 and their handler is unparalleled, built on trust, loyalty, and mutual respect. Losing a K-9 partner is like losing a member of the family, and I can only imagine the sense of loss and grief the handler must be experiencing. Please know that you and your fellow officers are in my thoughts during this challenging time.

Police K-9 Rivan has left a lasting impact on the community through exceptional service and unwavering dedication. Bravery in the face of danger and commitment to ensuring public safety are commendable and greatly appreciated.

As you and your colleagues mourn the loss of Police K-9 Rivan, please remember that you are not alone. The community stands with you, grateful for the sacrifices you make daily to protect and serve.

Having served as a Law Enforcement Professional for 44+ years, and as a law enforcement family, if there is anything we can do to offer support or assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out.

May the memories of Police K-9 Rivan and the legacy left behind provide you with comfort and strength during this tough time. Police K-9 Riva’s service will not be forgotten, and Police K-9 Rivan’s impact on the community will continue to be felt for years to come.

With deepest sympathy,

Don P. Jensen Sr. - PM, PP, PGP, DrE
Chief of Police (retired)

April 4, 2024

Rest in paradise! Praying his the handler and all the Sussex staff!

CO Collum

April 4, 2024

I am Lt. C.M.Douglas of the Vadoc. Currently I am asssigned to Augusta Correctional Center. I have worked 20 years for Vadoc ,any lost of life is heartbreaking. The K9 unit is top teer .This K9 officer dog made the ultimate sacrifice without hesitation;prison is a dangerous place. Prayers to the handler and all staff at Sussex,

Lieutenant Craig.M.Douglas
Virginia Department of Corrections

April 4, 2024

Rest in peace K9 Ravin. You gave your life protecting your handler, and a victim of a ruthless gang members. You are a true hero. God bless you.

Police Officer retired Brent Wagner.
Henderson Police Dept. San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept.

April 3, 2024

Lord God of Unfailing Love, to those families and Law Enforcement Agencies of our beloved nation, the United States of America, who are suffering in the wake of the loss of a Law Enforcement K-9 Partner and 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. In Christ Jesus's mighty and holy name, and by His authority, I pray. Amen.

A verse from the Holy Scripture:

During His Sermon on the Mount, the Lord Jesus Christ made this promise: "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." [Matthew 5:4 ESV]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DDiv, MSBS, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed/Certified Independent Christian Chaplain
Member: Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers - USA

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

April 3, 2024

God Bless Rivan. May you Rest in Peace Good Boy.

Lt. Steve Hoggard
Norfolk Sheriff’s Office

April 3, 2024

K9 Rivan 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

April 3, 2024

I am sad to learn of the passing of a hero in K9 Rivan. 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 Virginia Department of Corrections, Virginia.

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

April 3, 2024

God bless him and his handler. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Correctional Officer Matthew Kines
Cleburne County Sheriffs Office

April 3, 2024

K9 Kaiser and our family send you our deepest sympathies in the loss of your beloved partner!

(Former) Deputy, motor officer OCSO, K9

April 3, 2024

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