The Camp Verde’s Marshal’s Office is mourning the loss of one of its own.
Jake, the departments 11-year-old Czechoslovakian Shepherd, passed away suddenly last night. He was still on the job, but was going to be transitioned into retirement early next year,
The K-9 died last night as he and his partner, Sergeant Oscar Berrelez, prepared for their nightly shift. A vet determined that Jake passed away from natural causes.
Jake was born on July 25, 2002 and was purchased by the Camp Verde Marshal's Office in March of 2004.
He pioneered the K-9 program for the Camp Verde Marshal's Office, and was also certified in narcotics detection.
During his almost nine years of service, Jake had great success at completing searches and finding drugs. He participated in many department demonstrations, and also touched many lives throughout the community along the way.
When he wasn't at work, Jake loved being home with Sergeant Berrelez and his two children. Department members say he was a great protector and guardian and will be greatly missed.
In Jake's honor, the local AZCOPS chapter will be donating a law enforcement urn which will be added to the Camp Verde Marshal's Office memorial dedication. It will be placed in front of the department building.
If you’d like to contribute to the memorial in Jake's honor, please contact the Camp Verde Marshal's Office at 928-567-6621.