ABOVE: Stryker and his handler, Corporal Adam McCulloch (left.) Titan and his handler Officer Christa Kemeny (right)
They were two of the most beloved members of local law enforcement. Mount Dora Police K-9s, Stryker and Titan, both passed away within the last 12 months.
On November 1, Mount Dora Police Department (MDPD) will host a memorial service for both of the loyal Belgian Malinois K-9s.
K-9 Stryker passed away in November 2018 after an injury in 2017 and a long struggle with his health. K-9 Titan was retired in December 2018 after numerous injuries. He passed away May 2019.
Stryker and his handler, Corporal Adam McCulloch, along with Titan and his handler Officer Christa Kemeny, served the city for over five years. Combined, these law enforcement teams were responsible for over 250 arrests, as well as the seizure of numerous guns and illegal drugs, such as cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin and marijuana.
The K-9 teams also participated in several demonstrations for schools and community partners to educate kids and residents on the value of having K-9 teams as part of MDPD.
“Words cannot describe what the loss of these two dedicated K-9s has meant not only to their handlers and the agency, but to the community as a whole,” said Police Chief Robert Bell.
Both K-9s were sworn in together in 2014 and were each named by students at local elementary schools. Presently, MDPD does not have a K-9 unit.
Two bricks will be laid at the K-9 Memorial site located in front of the Mount Dora Police Department. The service will be held at 10 a.m. at Mount Dora Police Department, located at 1300 N. Donnelly Street.
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