Here are the active or retired Police, Fire, Military, U.S. Customs, Search & Rescue K9s honorably laid to rest in The Heroes' Section at the Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Park.
Police K9 Dog, Gage was the first canine to be honored in the Heroes' Section at The Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Park.
Gage was a Belgium Malinois. He was born in Holland in 2006. He offered distinguished service to police departments in South Lake and Grand Prairie. Gage retired from the Mansfield PD in 2013.
At the time of his passing, Gage was retired Patrol and Narcotic Detection Dog for the Mansfield Police Department where he served from March 2012 to September 2013. The traits that are evident in all working dogs are many, such as hard-working, confident, protective, alert, active and yet, STUBBORN, but there is a common thread that ties each of them together with their handler and being a LOYAL and DEPENDABLE team player is a must! For anyone who has loved a dog knows the bond that exists between themselves and their four legged companion. It has been said that we tend to resemble the pet that we select so just maybe our pet absorbs some of our traits as well. It was jokingly stated that Gage picked up a few habits from his handler and partner. He loved to be loved on, and when he had his favorite toy, he was in his own world!
Gage was laid to rest on National K9 Veteran's Day, March 13, 2016, with full honors.
Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief Debra Mullins rescued and adopted a six months old puppy in 2002, and named her Ashly. She was a Labrador and Border Collie Mix that had been abandoned. After canine psychological profiling to determine if she would be adept Ashly was trained as an accelerate detection canine. She served ten years, from 2003 to 2012.
She was certified by the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office and the North American Police Work Dog Association. She was the first Accelerate Detection dog to be accepted into the National Kids and Cops Campaign. She helped start the canine protection program in the early 2000s. Ashly learned to sniff out 20 materials used to set fires. She worked hundred of fire scenes.
Ashly attended numerous civic and community events. She has been featured in the Dallas Morning News, and on all the local television stations. Ash had made guest appearances at local events such as the Dallas Auto Show, The Dallas Sidekicks game, Subaru of Dallas grand opening, Interstate Battery Expo, and Boo at The Zoo.
Ashly retired in 2012 and spent her 15 years living on a ranch with other cats, dogs horses and goats.
She was laid to rest Friday, June 2, 2017 in the Heroes' Section of the Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Park with full honors.
Sam Stephenson purchased an English-bred Chocolate Labrador and had begun his training for field trails. He decided his time and Gunnar's talents could be served with Dallas Fire-Rescue, Sam obtained a Training Grant from Walmart in 2004 and the team of two quickly passed all the requirements for certification.
Gunnar had a natural ability and talent for this type of work and had impressed many of the Texas teams with how readily he learned and adapted. Gunnar was started as a toy reward service canine. He had such strong drives and willingness to please that he also adapted to food reward which in some fires scenes was more workable. Gunnar had passed certification as both toy reward and food reward, which is a first in the North American Police Work Dog Association and the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office.
During Gunnar's career, he worked multiple fire scenes with his handler. He worked not only in Dallas, but assisted other neighboring agencies in the Metroplex area. Such as: Richardson, Quinlan, Royce City, and Duncanville and a Mutual Aid response to other cities.
Gunnar always loved to play and please his handler that's why he was so good at his job. Even after he retired, Gunnar would meet his handler at the gate with a ball in his mouth and ready to go. Gunnar lived the last four years of his life in the back yard of Sam's home in Rockwall. Gunnar was buried in the Heroes' Section in June 2017 with full honors after years of companionship with is family and a long and successful career as an accelerant canine for the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department.
Cinder, was discovered by her handler, Cynthia McDonald, in Maine in 1993. Cinder was the first dog chosen and sponsored for the Sate Farm Arson program. She was trained by a state trooper and learned in five weeks of a seven week program. She was taught food reward training and Cynthia continued that throughout her lifetime. Cinder never ate out of a dog bowl; she didn't understand the concept.
Cinder gained her name because of her black coat and her job title. She was a beautiful Labrador mix, about one year old when she went home to Dallas with Cynthia. She was so professional and great at her vocation, but when it came to storms, toys, Frisbees, walks and car rides, she was all dog!
Cinder worked over 500 fires in her four to six years of service, until her handler was promoted, She was so good at being an accelerant detection canine that when Cynthia took her to fires that weren't supposed to be arson, she alerted so that Cynthia knew that needed to pay more attention and check further. Turns out that many times the "accidental" fires were actually arson!
Cinder retired in October of 2011. She and Cynthia had a special bond until their time ended due to Cinder's death in February of 2006, at the gentle age of 14.
Officer JA was given the opportunity to work the Grand Prairie Police Department’s first Special Investigations Unit Narcotics Dog. In September of 2008, he went to the K9-school where he would be matched up with a dog best suited for him by the trainers of the school. Upon arrival, he walked past the kennels and observed multiple, big, muscular Labrador Retrievers, most were yellow Labradors except one small, black, female Labrador. This dog was the only one bouncing up and down at her kennel door. He though “hope I don’t get that one she is small and kind of crazy”. A brief moment later, the trainer said, “meet your dog, her name is Sara”. At first, being honest, he was a little disappointed. He was hoping for the big, muscular, male Lab.
After the two weeks of training were over, JA was amazed at what Sara was able to do when it came time to locate narcotics. Sara and her handler returned to work and on their first day, trained with Dallas PD Narcotics Interdiction Unit. All the guys laughed and asked where the other half of my dog was.
Sara soon showed her abilities and began the start of a very successful career with the Grand Prairie Police Department. Many times JA thought if Sara could drive, she would have no use for him. Sara assisted many local and federal agencies in her five years working with the Unit and was very respected by the agencies she worked with. Sara was called upon frequently. Sara seized a large quantity of cash and drugs in her career and put a lot of bad people in jail. All she ever wanted out of it was to play with her toy.
Sara had a great career and retired in January of 2013 when Officer JA left the Special Investigation Unit. She enjoyed the retired life, taking many family road trips, and being spoiled until her death in May 2017.