Minden Police said goodbye Thursday to K-9 Officer Kash with a "Final Radio Call" from headquarters to his handler, MP-18, Ofc. Danny "Bo" Turner, who responded, "My partner is 10-7 (out of service), 10-42 (now at home)."
Kash, a German Shepherd, was born Jan. 2, 2004 and died August 12 at Turner's residence. He was donated to the department in October, 2008 by Lackland Air Force Base and left behind pawprints that will be difficult to fill.
Chief Steve Cropper said Kash was a dual-purpose dog, certified as a patrol and narcotic canine.
"He assisted the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force, as well as other surrounding agencies on a regular basis," Cropper said. "He assisted Louisiana State Police on several drug seizures, including one where he actually hit on 8.8 kilos of cocaine. Another time he found more than 100 pounds of marijuana, and another time he sniffed out $50,000 in cash."
Ofc. Joel Kendrick said during his career Kash had six confirmed patrol bites and six lone apprehensions where people were actually fleeing on foot.
"Once, myself and Ofc. James Barnes went to back up Ofc. Turner on Weston Street," Kendrick said. "Bo said he had a guy running from him. When we got there, Turner was leading the guy from the woods, and the guy was saying, 'Mr. Bo, Mr. Bo, why did you let the dog bite me?'
"As we went into the woods in the area this man ran, we found a small pine tree about three to four inches in diameter with all the lower limbs on the ground," Kendrick continued. "Apparently, he had tried to climb this tree as he was trying to get away from Kash. He was not successful. About three or four feet up the tree, Kash got a hold of his rearend and dragged him out of the tree."
Benny Woods, investigator for the 26th Judicial District Attorney's office, said Kash "saved the day a bunch of times."
"When the dog gets there (at a crime scene), the situation changes," Woods said.
Kash follows legacy of four K-9 officers that have served Minden Police. His donation by the military reflected his personality.
"The military donates these dogs if they don't do something that quite lives up to their standards," Cropper said.
"They wouldn't use him because he scratches when he smells narcotics," Turner said after his partner received national certification as a Police Service Dog for the third year in a row in 2010.
"The Air Force wanted him to just sit or lie down beside the spot," Turner said.
The National Narcotics Detector Dog certification tests on four narcotics, Turner said: cocaine, heroine, marijuana and methamphetamines.
But Cropper said Kash was not only dual-purpose, he also had a dual personality.
"We had him at DARE graduations, and he would sit on the stage with all those kids walking by, and he would sit there like a lap dog," Cropper said. "But when it was time to work, I wouldn't want to be the enemy. If they (perpetrators) ran, Kash chased them and took them into custody in his own special way."
To the haunting tune of "Taps," Kash was buried Thursday beside his predecessors Glen, Thor, Hexer and Axel.