Police introduce King Bricks
I feel terrible for Rutland, Vermont police officer Frank Post who lost his K9 partner King Luther recently during a high speed chase just a few dyas ago. Apparently, King Bricks was the only police dog Rutland police dept had. Fortunately, officer Post was given a new German Shepherd to start training. I’m sure King Bricks is helping officer Post with the loss of his partner.
Rutland police K-9 handler Frank Post is handling the loss of his partner and proclaimed family member King Luther the only way he knows how: He’s training a new dog.
Two days after Luther, a 3-year-old German shepherd who represented the city’s only active police dog, was killed during a high-speed pursuit that crisscrossed Rutland County, Post and the department found a new German shepherd that will begin training with Post at the Vermont Police Academy on Monday.
Named “King Bricks” the 80-pound, 15-month-old shepherd was donated to the city by two police officers living in Bridport.
While still in mourning from the loss of his partner, Post made it clear the day after Luther died that he hoped to begin training a new dog as soon as possible.
“It will be tough, but it’s what I want to do,” he said. “I decided early on with Luther that I wanted to finish my career as a police officer working with dogs.”
Bricks comes from a long line of police dogs. His father “Scout” serves at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department while his grandfather “Zeus” is a former police dog in Burlington.
Normally, Rutland police keep two canine units active. But the recent retirement of “King Riley,” whose successor “Otto,” a Doberman pincher, won’t begin training until later this year, has left the department with no four-legged support.
City Police Chief Anthony Bossi and Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras said they’re anxious to see the vacant position filled.
“I’d like to have one on every shift,” Louras said referring to the four police shifts that rotate weekly.
The canine units, he said, make other officers’ lives safer by going into places and situations that would be much riskier for their human counterparts. The fear they put into suspects who might otherwise put up a fight also spares officers undo injuries, he said.
“They save a lot of potential workers’ compensation,” he said.
Since Luther’s death, a number of people have offered to donate money to the city to train a new dog and one anonymous source — the same person who contributed $10,000 to the city to pay for police overtime in February — offered to pay for the purchase of a new dog.
That offer proved unneeded since the dog was donated and Louras said he has declined donations to train a new dog, which he expects will cost about $7,500.
“I assured people that there’s no reason why private funds should be used to ensure the continuation of a city service,” he said, adding that the city had the money to train the new dog within its contingency fund.