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Surf City Police Department has two K9 officers on staff: Yadi, a 6-year-old female Belgium Malinois that partners with Sgt. Jauernik; and Kayda, a nearly 3-year-old Labrador retriever that partners with officer Erikson.

Rachelle Trout / Topsail Advertiser
Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 05:03 PM.

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! 

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