NORTON — In a time period of virtually 12 months through which 3 Smart County and Norton law enforcement officers had been wounded or killed, yet another officer has died a handful of months just before retirement.
Norton Police Division K-9 Officer Joshua Parsons stated Sarge, his Belgian Malinois partner for two a long time, had served as a jail K-9 doing the job puppy ahead of he came to the department as a monitoring and apprehension dog.
On Monday, Sarge died with Parsons by his side after an illness.
“Sarge would go everywhere you sent him without the need of worry,” Parsons reported. “All he envisioned was a fantastic phrase and a pat on the head.”
Sarge had worked with two handlers before he arrived to Norton, and Parsons skilled with him for 7 months to create a solid operating bond.
“Sarge worked at all 3 scenes wherever we had officer- involved shootings in Norton and Wise County previous yr,” Parsons recalled. “Chief Lane, (Norton Law enforcement Main James Lane), (Wise County Deputy) Robbie Robertson and (Big Stone Gap Law enforcement Officer) Michael Chandler. All those were poor situations, but he worked off his guide and was disciplined even though encouraging officers at the scenes.”
Parsons stated Sarge was a “push-button dog” who responded to instructions and could be well behaved all-around men and women but go into operating manner and back at the seem of Parsons’ instructions.
“He would not go after over and above a command and would stop on command when he apprehended a suspect,” Parsons said. “He was to a fault a loyal puppy, obedient and he would hear to each and every word you stated.”
Sarge confirmed obedience and readiness to change into working method, Parsons mentioned.
“I’d convey Sarge into the office for training, and they’d be stunned how he could be friendly and in the subsequent minute go into self-protection method,” Parsons reported.
Parsons was organizing for Sarge’s retirement in a few months.
“When he retired, he was likely to sit on the couch and unwind,” explained Parsons. “He would take in any variety of foodstuff, any treats that any individual gave him and he beloved stomach rubs. It broke my heart when he died prior to he acquired a probability to retire.”
Sarge was cremated this 7 days, and Parsons and the department will be setting up a ceremony to keep in mind him.
“The personnel at Rasnic Animal Clinic ended up good with Sarge,” Parsons included.
“We’ve by now gotten outreach from corporations in the group,” Parsons reported, “and I’d like to see the office go in the path of a different K-9. It leaves a void with his demise but he put in his time. He was a superior dog and companion.”