Police Canine   Caesar I | Star #DNA

Police Canine Caesar I | Star #DNA

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Police Canine CAESAR, aged 4.5 years, was a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services – Patrol Division, Special Operations Group: Unit 058 – Canine Unit.

On February 14, 1972, K-9 CAESAR and his handler, Patrolman James Roser, responded to a manhunt for a suspect wanted in connection for a shooting of an 11th District – Fillmore Patrolman. K-9 CAESAR and Officer Roser arrived at Presentation Catholic Church, 758 South Springfield Avenue. Also responding were Police Canine ROBO and his handler Patrolman Richard Ehrmann. Upon arrival K-9 CAESAR and K-9 ROBO were released into the church by their handlers and began searching to rout out possible suspects. The dogs were searching the ground floor when K-9 CAESAR darted up a flight of stairs into the choir loft. K-9 ROBO followed him upstairs and both dogs continued the search. The dogs were jumping from seat to seat in the loft when K-9 CAESAR apparently mistook the solid wooden choir railing for another tier of seats and jumped over it. He plunged 40 feet into the pews below. K-9 CAESAR was rushed to the a hospital where he succumbed to internal bleeding he sustained in the fall.

The manhunt was being conducted for Frederick Gage, age 17, a one armed boy who had shot Patrolman Henderson Arnold. Officer Arnold was assigned to the Presentation Community Center at 3906 West Lexington Street to provide security for a dance in uniform. Officer Arnold broke up a fight between members of the Four Corner Hustlers and as he escorted the scufflers out the front door shots rang out from in front of the building and he was struck in the foot and arm. Officer Arnold was taken to Illinois Research Hospital in serious condition, and later made a full recovery.

Police Canine CAESAR was born in 1967.

K-9 CAESAR was survived by his handler, James Roser.

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Police Canine   Kirk I | Star #DNA

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Police Canine KIRK, aged 9 years, was a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services – Patrol Division, Special Operations Group: Unit 058 – Canine Unit.

On December 3, 1970, K-9 KIRK and his hander, Patrolman Gerald Burke were on patrol looking for Horace Ruth, 23, who had just robbed a Southside diner. While touring the area, Officer Burke heard a noise and unleashed K-9 KIRK. K-9 KIRK then apprehended Ruth after a rooftop chase in a vacant lot located at 7402 South Dorchester Avenue. When K-9 KIRK caught Ruth he grabbed a hold of Ruth’s upper right leg. It was at this time that Ruth shot K-9 KIRK through the throat. K-9 Kirk screeched in pain and went limp bleeding profusely from his neck. By the time Officer Burke caught up to his partner, he was found laying beside Ruth in the vacant lot. Ruth was also shot in the vacant lot by responding officers and succumbed to his wounds. Ruth’s weapon was not recovered at the scene, however it was believed that Ruth threw the weapon away before he was shot.

Police Canine KIRK was born in 1961.

K-9 KIRK was survived by his handler, Patrolman Gerald Burke.

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Police Canine   Sam I | Star #DNA

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Police Canine SAM was a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services – Patrol Division, Special Operations Group: Unit 058 – Canine Unit.

On February 27, 1965, K-9 SAM and his partner, Patrolman Arthur Hajek, responded to a call of an open door at the Claude A. Reavis School, 834 East 50th Street. Upon arrival the two officers entered and began searching the building. During the search, K-9 SAM attacked Patrolman R. Pearson Jr. while he was also searching the building with his partner Patrolman Eugene Abington, both from the Hyde Park Station. Mistaking Officer Pearson for an offender K-9 SAM attempted to apprehend him and bit Officer Pearson. Officer Abington fired a shot into K-9 SAM in order to save the life of his partner. K-9 SAM later succumbed to his wound.

Commander Hartnett later ordered an investigation into the possibility that canine unit Sergeant Lawrence Swanigan might have been negligent in the action. Commander Hartnett said it seems the Sergeant Swanigan failed to clear the area of fellow police officers before unleashing K-9 SAM into the building to conduct the search.

K-9 SAM was survived by his handler, Patrolman Arthur Hajek.

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Police Equine   Elsie  | Star #DNA

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Police Equine Elsie was a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Mounted Police Division.

On July 27, 1943, Police Horse Elsie and her partner, Patrolman Harold Hansen, were at Union Station, in front of the Canal Street entrance, at their regular post. George N. Dengler had parked his car alongside the curb and went into the station to purchase railroad tickets. His car was not in park and began to roll. As Police Horse Elsie stood facing the Canal Street entrance with Officer Hansen beside her, the driverless car began to roll away from the curb and struck Police Horse Elsie from behind. Police Horse Elsie sustained a compound fracture to her right hind leg. As a result of the injuries, Police Horse Elsie had to be put down. Captain David Flynn delivered the fatal shot and wept as he administered it.

George N. Dengler was arrested and charged with improper parking and damage to city property.

Police Horse Elsie was survived by her handler, Patrolman Harold Hansen.

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Police Equine Teddy | Star #DNA

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Police Equine Teddy, was a 15 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Mounted Police Division.

On November 9, 1936, at 5:55 p.m., Police Horse Teddy and his partner, Patrolman Andrew Gregerson, were on patrol in the west loop. On Van Buren Street near Clark Street Officer Gregerson dismounted Teddy to inspect a car. The two officers were scheduled to assemble with other mounted patrol officers at Madison and Wells Streets at 6:10 p.m. for their return to the police stables located at 252 East Illinois Street. After Officer Gregerson dismounted Teddy, he suddenly ran west to Wells Street and then turned north. Pedestrians scrambled to move out of Teddy’s way as he ran by. In the commotion Teddy ran past the assembly point. At Randolph and Wells Streets, Teddy ran into a new car driven by John A. Sternberg and sustained severe injuries to himself. As a result of the injuries, Police Horse Teddy had to be put down. It was unknown as to why Teddy ran off.

Police Horse Teddy was survived by his handler, Patrolman Andrew Gregerson.

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