Orange K9s Protected Thanks To Generosity Of Two Community Groups

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Aug 012018

On Tuesday, July 31, Orange K9s Loki (tracking and patrol) and Trent (drug sniffing) each received a piece of life-saving equipment thanks to generous donations from two great community groups — The Orange Lions Club and the Orange Juniorettes girls club.

The dogs were presented with brand new custom fit bullet-proof and stab resistant vests, constructed with the same material that their human partners’ vests are made of.

The Lions, represented by former president Nick Bencivengo, raise money through various events and give back to the community through grants and volunteerism.

The Juniorettes is a group of young ladies who perform community beautification projects and help the town in other ways. The girls hosted fundraisers, such as a dinner at Bertucci’s over the past year to raise money for a K-9 vest, which has a $1,000 price tag.

Loki’s handler, Officer Chris Brown and Trent’s partner, Officer Mary Bernegger measured their dogs’ necks, body length, girth, etc, so the vests could be tailor fit for each dog. They submitted the measurements to Assistant Chief Max Martins and the vests were ordered.

The vests arrived at the Orange Police Department this week, and the donors were invited to attend the presentation on Tuesday.

Bencivengo and the Juniorettes got a close up look at the vests they’d donated and seemed quite impressed with the quality of the items.

German Shepherd Loki looks very manly in his army green vest and Trent, a black Lab, looks quite sophisticated in his black vest.

Officer Bernegger thanked everyone for their hard work and the donations, saying she was happy that Trent now had the vest which could keep him safe.

Officer Brown said having the vest for Loki offers peace of mind while they’re working. “It’s nice to have it. If we don’t need it – perfect, but it’s nice to know it’s there in the car if he needs it for a situation,” he said. “It’s important to have, especially for a team like us doing criminal apprehensions. It’s good peace of mind because I wear one, and I feel that my partner should be able to wear one and luckily they were able to raise the funds to purchase them.”


Don’t Mess With Loki

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Sep 162017

During a police K9 Demonstration at the Orange Country Fair, this afternoon, Officer Chris Brown and his canine partner, Loki showed off the dog’s intensity and strong bite with the assistance of guest “criminal” Deputy Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent.

The music from a live band was blaring nearby, drowning out some of the police dialogue. But basically, Vincent put on a thick protective bite sleeve and stood in the ring as Brown held Loki back while yelling directions to Vincent. “Stay where you are or I’ll release my dog.”

Brown let up on the leash a little and let Loki go after the “criminal.”

Loki hung on until Brown commanded him to release and offered him a miniature bite roll to chew on — a job well done.

The message to this story, if you commit a crime in Orange, don’t mess with Loki.

Orange Police K-9 Loki Shows What He’s Got

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Apr 272015

Officer Chris Brown and K-9 Loki

Officer Chris Brown and K-9 Loki

From the OPD Facebook Page:

The Orange Police Department offered a Citizen’s Academy this Spring to interested area residents.

On Wednesday, April 15, Officer Chris Brown and K-9 Loki made a presentation to the group. Officer Brown demonstrated how Loki has been trained, among other things, to find evidence and assist Officer Brown in arresting criminals.

The accompanying photos show K-9 Loki preventing ‘suspect’ (and Orange PD Dispatcher Dan Schweitzer) from getting away. Dispatcher Schweitzer wore what is known as a ‘bite sleeve’ to protect himself from potentially being harmed. Officer Brown called out commands and warnings, but when Dispatcher Schweitzer wouldn’t comply, Loki took over.


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K-9 Major: Remembering A Life Lost Too Soon

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Aug 082014

The final resting place of K9 Major is in front of the Orange Police Dapartment.

The final resting place of K9 Major is in front of the Orange Police Dapartment.

The Orange Police Department hosted a small memorial service for K-9 Major who died tragically in the line of duty in the early morning hours of July 19.

More than a dozen police K-9s and their handlers from surrounding police departments, police officers, a handful of town employees, former Asst. Chief Ed Koether (one of the department’s original K-9 handlers), the Rev. Ann Ritonia, and a couple of invited guests attended the outdoor service under sunny skies.

Major’s partner Officer Christopher Brown, received a plaque from Chris Wheatman of the American Kennel Club —Trap Falls Kennel Club with a brass plate and a photo of Brown and Major.

Speakers included Detective Michael Kosh, who addressed the crowd accompanied by his retired K-9 Maximus.

Officer Kosh said, “There’s a special bond between you and your K-9 partner. From the moment you select your partner it starts, whether you realize it or not. I saw this in officer Brown and Major. … In the end, it was always about the dog.”

He read the poem “Guardians of the Night,” stating that he believes it fits the handler and his partner.

Brown choked up as he spoke briefly about his partner’s short life and their time together.

Chief Robert Gagne also choked as he paid tribute to the dog, reading a poem “Grieve Not For Me“, and concluding with a sincere “Good Boy, Major.”

The Rev. Ann Ritonia blessed the area in front of the police department where a dogwood tree provides shade over a polished black granite stone bearing Major’s image and the inscription “Major, July 28-2012 — July 19, 2014 LODD (Line of Duty Death). His ashes are buried there.

Highway Department Employee Steve Cifarelli donated the stone which was engraved by the father of one of the Orange policemen.

See more photos on our Orange Live Facebook page