|B'Elanna (In- Memory)|
What? What? I- can't hear you!
|Barked: Thu Oct 22, '15 1:08pm PST |
|*Shot and killed In The Line Of Duty*
Anderson County Sheriff's Office, S.C.
Rest In Peace Deputy K9 HYCO
End Of Watch: 10-21-15
K9 Hyco, 7, was shot and killed by a car-jacking suspect (details.below). Born with a soul that has Courage to wear the Badge, K9 Hyco had been taking a bite out of crime for six years. Partnered with his K9 Handler Deputy Brandon Surratt, this team worked hard and tirelessly for the Anderson County Sheriff's Office and the People of Anderson County. With his tenaciousness, dedication, and loyalty to his work, K9 Hyco was one half of the best trained K9 team this agency has.
Though the bond between a Police K-9 handler and his/her partner can not be put into words, Hyco and Brandon were so in-tune and in sync with one another that they operated as if they were one ... and they got the job done. Whether it be apprehending violent offenders, sniffing out the dope (and the dopes), or having fun while educating the public, this Dynamic Duo were an integral part of the agency and the community they served.
In 2012, K9 Hyco and Deputy Surratt, (along with another ACSO K-9), completed the American Police Canine Association’s level 3 certification which recognized them as among the top certified units in the country. The certification qualified K9 Hyco and his partner for tracking, narcotics detection, building searches, article searches, aggression control and obedience. Deputy Surratt and K9 Hyco were awarded the 2012 APCA President's Award for Professional Excellence.
In May 2014, while K9 Hyco was attempting to flush a suspect from under a home, the suspect grabbed hold of Hyco and attempted to choke the K9 to death. K9 Hyco's handler was able to save his partner and the suspect was arrested and charged. K9 Hyco recovered quickly and went back to doing what he loves doing best, making a difference in his small corner of the world. K9 Hyco had more than 100 apprehensions during his career.
This beautiful, gentle German Shepherd was fearless, tough, and friendly all the same. He knew when it was time to work and stayed focused and excited but at the end of his shift, K9 Hyco turned into a big mush and loved to just lounge around with his family members, especially brother Brandon's three young children and beloved bride, or kickin' it up with Brandon's other dogs.
Full of energy, determination, and a will to please, K9 Hyco did it all for nothing more than his favorite mouth toy, a belly rub, and a "Good Boy!!" May we always remember how he lived and how he gave his life keeping his fellow Deputies, and the People, safe from a violent suspect.
*For it is not just those with two legs who are born with a soul that has Courage to wear the Badge*© ~Nessie~
On Wednesday 21 October 2015, 1300hours, Anderson County Deputies responded to a reported car-jacking in Townville. Witnesses reported as many as four suspects were involved in this crime. Deputies began looking for the stolen vehicle and spotted it on Highway 24. the Deputies attempted to pull the driver over but the driver refused to heed and the chase was on. The vehicle eventually stopped and all the occupants bailed and began fleeing on foot near the New Prospect Church Road.
Deputy Surratt released K9 Hyco to give chase and one suspect turned and began firing gunshots at the Deputies and K9 Hyco. Hyco was determined to not let this continue and went full steam to stop this violent suspect, and was struck by gunfire while doing so. Brother Brandon grabbed his injured partner and rushed to the emergency vet. One suspect was arrested at the scene. At the time of this posting, a manhunt is ongoing for the remaining suspects. Several agencies came running to assist and we thank them for this. Our prayers are with everyone hunting these dangerous suspects. (we will update with outcome of manhunt)
Sadly, and with very heavy heart, this proved to be our 4-legged brother's final battle ... Deputy K9 Hyco succumbed to gunshot wounds and was pronounced a short time after arriving at the hospital.
K9 Hyco leaves behind his handler/partner/best friend Brandon and family. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Surratt family, the Men and Women of the Anderson County So, to all who came running to assist, and to all whom have had the pleasure and the privilege of knowing and working along side this True Blue Hero.
Our 4-legged 'Brother', as you now patrol the Rainbow Bridge may you continue your vigilant watch over us all as we carry on in your Honor. We thank you for your service and for your sacrifice, We thank you for your life. Job Well Done. Good Boooyy!!!
Rest In Peace Deputy K9 HYCO ... We Have The Watch From Here. SALUTE!
K9 Hyco is the 23nd of 26 Law Enforcement K9s to give their life in the line of duty this year 2015 - the first for the state of South Carolina this year.
~ written by Nessie for True Blue Warriors ~
ACSO : http://andersonsheriff.org/
We will update with services and memorial information once finalized.
We will update with K9 cop killer information once details are released.
update: The 23 year old suspect that was arrested was booked at 2051hours Wednesday. Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper will be asking a judge for warrants Thursday morning to charge him with attempted murder and the shooting of a police dog. We won't go into details because we don't want to take focus away from our Hero Hyco but this dirtbag, after seeing his very violent criminal conviction history, had no business being out on the streets. Deputies are still searching for two other men that they believe were involved in the incident
10-22 Update: All three suspects now in custody - The second suspect was arrested during a traffic stop Thursday - the third suspect turned himself into Seneca Police Department on Thursday. The shooter was last night and is charged with attempted murder of Police and shooting of police dog - A conviction of shooting and killing a police K-9 carries a sentence of one to five years in prison.
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