It is with deep regret that I must inform you of the death of Fort Wayne Police K9 Nemo-Retired.
K9 Nemo died Thursday, March 29, with his partner, Officer Dustin Engelman, by his side. K9 Nemo turned 14 years of age on March 12th, 2018. Nemo’s health had declined significantly in the last few months as a result of age related disease.
K9 Nemo joined the ranks of the Fort Wayne Police K9 Unit October 21, 2005. He retired from active service after a very eventful career on November 01, 2014. K9 Nemo spent his retirement enjoying time with his family. Nemo also enjoyed tormenting Dustin by eating the vegetables from and then destroying the gardens that Dustin had spent so much time and effort in growing. Actually, I’m not so sure that Dustin ever got to enjoy any of the fruits of his labors.
I had the privileged of watching Dustin and Nemo grow together as a team from their beginning. It was sometimes a rocky relationship in the early days. Until one day when Dustin finally succumbed to the reality that the best way to be successful as a team was to allow Nemo to do the job his own way. Dustin and Nemo had a great career together locating and catching bad guys as well as finding a lot of drugs.
K9 Nemo was a great asset to the City of Fort Wayne and he was a wonderful partner for Officer Engelman. He will be missed by his family and the people that knew him. K9 Nemo is now at peace and pain free.
Until we meet again, rest in peace Nemo. Your job here is done.
Sgt. Bob Theurer
GUARDIANS OF THE NIGHT
Trust in me my friend for I am your comrade.
I will protect you with my last breath.
When all others have left you
And the loneliness of the night closes in,
I will be at your side.
Together we will conquer all obstacles
And search out those who might wish harm to others.
All I ask of you is compassion,
The caring touch of your hands.
It is for you that I will selflessly give my life
And spend my nights unrested.
Although our days together
May be marked by the passing of the seasons.
Know that each day at your side is my reward.
My days are measured by
The coming and going of your footsteps.
I anticipate them at the opening of the door.
You are the voice of caring when I am ill.
The voice of authority over me when I’ve done wrong.
Do not chastise me unduly
For I am your right arm,
The sword at your side.
I attempt to do only what you bid of me.
I seek only to please you and remain in your favor.
Together you and I shall experience
A bond only others like you will understand.
When outsiders see us together
Their envy will be measured by their disdain.
I will quietly listen to you
And pass no judgement.
Nor will your spoken words be repeated.
I will remain ever silent,
Ever vigilant, ever loyal.
And when our time together is done
And you move on in the world,
Remember me with kind thoughts and tales.
For a time we were unbeatable,
Nothing passed among us undetected.
If we should ever meet again on another field
I will gladly take up your fight.
I am a Police Working Dog and together
GUARDIANS of the NIGHT.
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