On the night of Jan. 22, the Davie County Sheriff’s department lost one of its own. Canine Officer Gorky, A Russian shepherd, lost his life in the line of duty while protecting his partner.
A violent criminal was being served with a warrant for arrest when he pulled a 12 gauge shotgun, shooting down a hallway and hitting both the canine officer and his partner. The shot Gorky took was fatal. It is believed he saved his partner’s life. Without hesitation he did his job. He should be honored.
For those of you unfamiliar with these amazing, remarkable canines, let me tell you a secret. Surf City has two magnificent canine officers of its own and you really should consider yourself lucky to have them on your team.
Certified in narcotics, article search and tracking, these canines hold me speechless with their skills.
“Yadi” is a 6-year-old female Belgium Malinois who partners with Sgt. Jauernik. Her tan and black sleek shepherd build is designed for service, while her loving personality makes her an added bonus to any work force. Together for a little over a year, their extensive training is always on going.
Officer Erikson’s care and endless training of his girl Kayda shows in everything they do. I can honestly say that I have never seen such intensity in the eyes of a dog when watching her handler. There is pure attention. I think of her as a secret agent because when you see her dark black fur and brown eyes you think, a Labrador retriever, really? Oh yes, really. Fantastic, agile, intense. She is like no other.
March 1 she turns 3. If you see her wish her a happy birthday!
In a simple gesture to ensure the safety and well-being of these wonderful canines, Surf City Guns and Ammo is raising funds to provide Officer Jauernik’s vehicle with a K9 Heat Alarm Pro. What is a heat alarm? It is a device that immediately sounds the horn and lowers the rear vehicle windows should the car stall or the A/C quit working in the summer. We all know the dangers of how quickly a hot car can mean life or death. If you or your group are interested in making a donation, stop by the gun shop or give us a call. Our goal is to raise $700 by early spring to make sure this device is installed and ready for spring and summer.
And a reminder to all those civic groups out there, Officer Erickson and Sgt. Jauernik would love to come and show off their canine partner’s unbelievable skills for your group. Perfect for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church youth groups, 4-H or any organization that wants to be wowed.
Remember knowledge is power and it is all around you.
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.