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N.Y. Sheriff's K-9 Dies In Building Search

December 06, 2011  | 

The Niagara County (N.Y.) Sheriff's Office lost one of its K-9 dogs, while officers were searching an abandoned hospital for a reported burglar.

Deputy Craig Beiter and Rocky were searching St. Mary's Hospital in Niagara Falls on Sunday, when Rocky jumped over a over a three-foot retaining wall and fell about 60 feet to his death, reports WIVB-TV.

Authorities later arrested Marcus Johnson, 24, of Buffalo. Police said he admitted that he and others had entered the building to steal copper.

Tags: K-9 Units, Niagara County (N.Y.) Sheriff, Duty Deaths


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Scott from Florida @ 12/6/2011 6:26 PM

Deputy Beiter, My deepest sympathies to your tragic loss. As a Handler who has lost a beloved K9 partner in a tragic incident, All I can say is I pray your suffering and pain ease soon. It is most difficult to lose a partner who you spent more time with than your own family. Please consider getting back into the game with a new partner as soon as possible as I was considering getting out of it as it hurt too much to lose one and I felt I could never go through it again. My replacement turned out to be a great partner as well as a family pet. After 7 years with him, he had to be put down because his back broke one night running around the yard. I can tell you from experience, getting back into the game healed my heart much faster than had I stayed out of the game. Remember him fondly and speak of his heroic actions often. God Speed and I know how you feel.

Scott From NJ @ 12/7/2011 6:24 PM

Even the most die hard animal lover will never know the attachment K9 Handlers have to our dogs. The only people that would know are those that have shared that unique bond. I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Remember this; When it is your time to pass on your loyal campanion will be waiting for you at the "Rainbow Bridge."

Leslie Jones @ 8/30/2012 9:37 PM

This is a sad incident where an officer dies in the line of duty. Rocky was running after the culprits only to fall to his death. This goes to prove that Dogs are not just man's bestfriend. They are also noble officers in fur who share the responsibility of safeguarding the community. It is rather sad that he had to die like that. He should be burried with all honors and should be treated like a fallen police officer is honored when dying in the line of duty. I am sorry for your loss Deputy, I sympathize and share your anguish.

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