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Police K9 Passes Away

June 09, 2009 00:00

  

NEWS RELEASE

POLICE NARCTOTIC K9 PARTNER DIES FROM NATURAL CAUSES

On June 4, 2009, the Portland Police Bureau lost a valuable and legendary member of our police family. Xwodin Von Haus Antuerpa was discovered by his handler, Officer Alex Fyfe, deceased in his kennel from what appeared to be natural causes.

Xwodin was born May 1, 1998, in Brussels, Belgium, and was selected by his breeder to begin training to become a police dog. Xwodin journeyed to Riverside, California, in June 1999, where he was housed at Adlerhorst International, a canine training facility.

In July 1999, Xwodin and Officer Fyfe were introduced and love at first sight is not how anyone would describe the initial encounter between the two. Xwodin was a strong-willed canine and his love led to several “accidental bites” to his new master, Officer Fyfe. Xwodin had no narcotics detection experience so Officer Fyfe had to teach Xwodin how to recognize each narcotic odor. Xwodin quickly learned how to find cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana.

In August 1999, Officer Fyfe and Xwodin began to work the streets of Portland as a narcotics detection K9 team. The two had instant success and quickly became recognized as the top narcotics detection team in the area.

Officer Fyfe and Xwodin trained daily, logging over 2,000 training hours during their partnership, and the team was deployed than 2,000 times. Through those deployments, they have located more than $15 million worth of hidden narcotics and more than $2 million worth of drug tainted US currency. Officer Fyfe and Xwodin have provided assistance to more than 20 different federal, state, and local agencies during their partnership.

Xwodin will be missed by all that had the pleasure to work around him. He was a dedicated K9 who gave his life to service. ###PPB###

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