Officer Uses K9s of Valor Narcan Kit on K9

A K9 officer in Oregon was administered an overdose reversal drug after she was exposed to heroin. 

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says that at approximately 7:30 p.m. on August 7th, K9 Abbie and handler Deputy Eliseo Ramos were conducting a search for contraband at the Clackamas County Jail. The dog alerted on smuggled heroin on top of a hygiene container under a table.

However, during the search, the sheriff's office says that the container spilled over and Abbie was exposed to the heroin. Abbie began exhibiting signs of drug exposure, including excessive saliva, rapid head shaking, and rapid blinking.

K9 Grimm's handler, Deputy McGlothin, reportedly was able to deliver a special Narcan kit for the dogs to the Jail to administer nasally to K9 Abbie. The Narcan successfully stabilized Abbie and she was transported to the VCA Animal Hospital for treatment. She was held for observation overnight and released the next morning.

See more about the incident below.

http://www.fox35orlando.com/fast-five/k9-exposed-to-heroin-in-jail-is-administered-narcan

Narcan and Trauma Kit Donated

 

POINT PLEASANT — Its been said a dog’s nose, knows. For K9s, those noses can get into some dangerous situations.

This is why Jerry, a K9 with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, was recently awarded a Naloxone/Narcan overdose reversal kit and trauma kit by the group K9s of Valor.

K9s of Valor, located in Texas, is an all volunteer, 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide life saving and essential equipment such as K-9 trauma kits, Narcan overdose reversal kits and Hot-N-Pop vehicle heat alarms to help keep police dogs throughout the country safe.

Mason County Sheriff’s Department K9 Officer, Deputy Justin Veith, heard about the program through a fellow deputy in Brook County. The Narcan and trauma kits were free of charge to the department and Jerry.

Veith said it makes sense to have the Narcan kit for Jerry, as he is an officer with the department. Human deputies in the department now carry Narcan as well, should it be needed for accidental exposure to powerful opioids or to assist saving a civilian’s life.

“Obviously, his (Jerry’s) nose is better than our’s,” Veith pointed out, adding Jerry uses that nose to do his job; his job that entails sniffing out narcotics which makes him vulnerable to exposure.

These days, coming into contact with heroin or fentanyl can be deadly without the opioid reversing medication, Naloxone found in Jerry’s kit from K9s of Valor.

“A K9 is another police officer,” Sheriff Greg Powers said about the value the department places on the animals. “They are a tool we use for fighting drugs. We don’t want to lose a K9 partner because of a drug overdose.”

Drug overdoses have become an all too common sight, not only for EMS personnel but now law enforcement. Powers reported Veith recently had to use Narcan on an unresponsive passenger in a vehicle along U.S. 35 to revive the person, possibly saving their life.

Now four years old, Jerry is equipped with a bulletproof and stab-proof vest (also raised with donations to the department) as he works the county with Veith. The trauma kit will come in handy should Jerry ever get wounded and Veith need to apply first aid until he can receive vet care.

In addition to finding all manner of drugs on people, in packages and in hidden compartments in vehicles, Jerry also tracks and can do take downs of suspects. Jerry is a four-legged crime deterrent tool, Veith said. Suspects often become cooperative when it comes to giving up alleged drugs before the dog begins its search of a vehicle. Also, suspects hiding from law enforcement often will give themselves up if they know the dog is about to be turned loose to locate them.

One of Jerry’s more recent, bigger busts was assisting the Mason Police Department in finding 14 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Jerry and Veith often assist other departments and can visit clubs and organizations to give demonstrations on how Jerry works, as do the other K9 officers with the department which include Deputy Ferrell and Lt. Troy Stewart. Jerry’s even attended a Halloween party at Petland of Gallipolis, Ohio which donates dog food to the K9. Like his human counterparts, he’s become well known in the community he serves.

Once off duty, Jerry goes home with Veith and becomes the family pet but now, thanks to the Narcan and trauma kits, he has a better chance of making it home each night.

POINT PLEASANT — Its been said a dog’s nose, knows. For K9s, those noses can get into some dangerous situations.

This is why Jerry, a K9 with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, was recently awarded a Naloxone/Narcan overdose reversal kit and trauma kit by the group K9s of Valor.

K9s of Valor, located in Texas, is an all volunteer, 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide life saving and essential equipment such as K-9 trauma kits, Narcan overdose reversal kits and Hot-N-Pop vehicle heat alarms to help keep police dogs throughout the country safe.

Mason County Sheriff’s Department K9 Officer, Deputy Justin Veith, heard about the program through a fellow deputy in Brook County. The Narcan and trauma kits were free of charge to the department and Jerry.

Veith said it makes sense to have the Narcan kit for Jerry, as he is an officer with the department. Human deputies in the department now carry Narcan as well, should it be needed for accidental exposure to powerful opioids or to assist saving a civilian’s life.

“Obviously, his (Jerry’s) nose is better than our’s,” Veith pointed out, adding Jerry uses that nose to do his job; his job that entails sniffing out narcotics which makes him vulnerable to exposure.

These days, coming into contact with heroin or fentanyl can be deadly without the opioid reversing medication, Naloxone found in Jerry’s kit from K9s of Valor.

“A K9 is another police officer,” Sheriff Greg Powers said about the value the department places on the animals. “They are a tool we use for fighting drugs. We don’t want to lose a K9 partner because of a drug overdose.”

Drug overdoses have become an all too common sight, not only for EMS personnel but now law enforcement. Powers reported Veith recently had to use Narcan on an unresponsive passenger in a vehicle along U.S. 35 to revive the person, possibly saving their life.

Now four years old, Jerry is equipped with a bulletproof and stab-proof vest (also raised with donations to the department) as he works the county with Veith. The trauma kit will come in handy should Jerry ever get wounded and Veith need to apply first aid until he can receive vet care.

In addition to finding all manner of drugs on people, in packages and in hidden compartments in vehicles, Jerry also tracks and can do take downs of suspects. Jerry is a four-legged crime deterrent tool, Veith said. Suspects often become cooperative when it comes to giving up alleged drugs before the dog begins its search of a vehicle. Also, suspects hiding from law enforcement often will give themselves up if they know the dog is about to be turned loose to locate them.

One of Jerry’s more recent, bigger busts was assisting the Mason Police Department in finding 14 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Jerry and Veith often assist other departments and can visit clubs and organizations to give demonstrations on how Jerry works, as do the other K9 officers with the department which include Deputy Ferrell and Lt. Troy Stewart. Jerry’s even attended a Halloween party at Petland of Gallipolis, Ohio which donates dog food to the K9. Like his human counterparts, he’s become well known in the community he serves.

Once off duty, Jerry goes home with Veith and becomes the family pet but now, thanks to the Narcan and trauma kits, he has a better chance of making it home each night.

 

 

ttp://www.mydailyregister.com/news/27146/protecting-all-the-officers-k9-trauma-narcan-overdose-reversal-kits-provided

Arkansas K9s receive lifesaving Narcan kits

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -

As the opioid and heroin epidemic continues to grip the country, it's not just officers who need to be careful when they come in contact with drugs. Their K9 partners can suffer from an overdose as well. 

The national nonprofit, K9s of Valor, hosted a Giving Tuesday campaign to provide life-saving medication to K9's across the country. 

The Paragould Police Department will benefit from that, receiving Narcan overdose kits for their two K9 officers. 

Those kits have the same drug in them that are used to prevent overdoses in humans. 

The dogs can experience overdoses just like humans, by coming in contact with or inhaling too much of a narcotic. 

"K9s, especially working interdiction on highways or specifically narcotic investigations, they desperately need those," said Lt. Scott Snyder with the Paragould Police Department. "They're a tool, they're our partners same as our human partners are and we want to do everything we can to keep them alive and keep them safe."

The Narcan kits should be in sometime next week. 

A vet will then train Paragould's two K9 handlers to administer the drug to the dogs. 

The kits cost about $70 each. 

The Pocahontas Police Department also recently found out that their K9 officer, Raiden, will be getting both an overdose kit and a trauma kit. 

A generous donor in Colorado paid the $120 bill for that. 

 

http://www.kait8.com/story/36957067/life-saving-overdose-kits-provided-for-k9-officers

Opiod Crisis and K9s of Valor

America’s growing opioid crisis isn’t only impacting people – it’s also causing police K9s to overdose. As a precaution, as I wrote in July, some police dog handlers across the country now carry naloxone, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses. However, many police departments don’t have the budget to provide K9s with these lifesaving drugs.

To help save the lives of police dogs, Nate King of Texas founded the nonprofit K9s of Valor last year, which provides, free of charge, naloxone, trauma kits, vehicle heat alarms and K9 care packages to police departments. He took the time to answer some questions about this organization.

What inspired you to start K9s of Valor?

Ever since I was a young child, it has always been my dream to become a police officer and I have always had a love for dogs. I am currently a police dispatcher and in the process of becoming an officer. Several years ago, I rescued a German shepherd, Zeus. Our bond was exactly the close bond that K9 handlers have with their partners – indescribable, really. Having Zeus increased my passion for wanting to become a K9 officer.

In January 2016, K9 Jethro with the Canton, Ohio Police Department was shot and killed in the line of duty after entering a local business on a burglary-in-progress call. For the next few weeks, I researched how we can help keep police K9s safe.

I found that police departments do not have the proper budget for K9 units. K9 officers have to rely on the community donating or, more often than not, the officers are paying for the supplies out of their own pocket.

K9s of Valor was launched to help keep police K9 officers safe by providing lifesaving equipment at no charge to law enforcement. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that’s completely run by volunteers who have a love for dogs and keeping these courageous officers safe.

 

What is K9s of Valor doing to help protect these dogs?

K9s of Valor donates lifesaving equipment such as trauma kits and naloxone overdose kits to police K9 units across the country at no cost to officers. If the K9 or officer is exposed to dangerous opioids such as heroin or fentanyl, a naloxone overdose kit will reverse the effects of the overdose. Both of these opioids are extremely deadly — just the touch or exposure of the drug can lead to an overdose. The naloxone acts as an opioid antagonist and reverses the actions of opioids.

How soon after you started K9s of Valor did you begin getting requests for naloxone overdose kits?

The requests did not start until August 2017, and the reason was the skyrocketing increase of heroin overdoses in the country. Officers are seeing overdoses every day and coming in contact with these dangerous drugs.

Have these requests been increasing?

Our requests for naloxone kits started coming in slowly, until more and more departments started hearing about our donations. In the beginning, we would receive on average two to three requests a week. Now we receive two to three requests almost every day from K9 officers across the country.

We continue to get requests for trauma kits, and dozens of departments are interested in vehicle heat alarms. We still assist as often as we can with these, but our focus right now is naloxone kits due to so many departments in need and very few nonprofit organizations assisting with these.

What is being done to protect police dogs from overdosing?

Officers across the country are changing the way they conduct searches. Some will not send their dog to freely search the area. For example, on a traffic stop, if the K9 alerts on the outside of a vehicle, the officer may not have their dog search inside the car. Instead the officer will scan the area and search by hand. With searching houses, if the officer believes fentanyl or heroin is involved, some will not even allow the K9 to be involved and will search it by hand as well.

Dogs get much closer to the narcotics, so officers are paying extremely close attention. A touch or simply breathing in the smallest amount of fentanyl or heroin — the amount of a few grains of salt — can lead to an overdose. Officers are much more cautious because of these dangerous drugs on the rise.

 

https://www.care2.com/causes/k9s-of-valor-is-helping-police-departments-save-four-legged-heroes.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K9s of Valor grants Idaho State Trooper K9 unit with life saving equipment

OSBURN — It is no secret that Shoshone County has struggled with a drug problem for some time now. 

Drug related incidents are among the top five report offenses in our county, according to Idaho State Police’s (ISP) 2016 crime report. 

In an area where sniffing out (pun intended) harmful and illegal substances is key to keeping them off the streets, it is important that our only resident drug detection K9 have the tools to be safe. 

Kevin Kessler, ISP Trooper, and his drug detection K9, Ace, have been serving the Silver Valley for some time now. 

Ace has made the front page of the News-Press more than once for his work — most recently for an incredibly large marijuana seizure on I-90 last year. 

Like a dog with a bone (OK, I’ll stop after this one), Ace and Kessler work tirelessly to make our community better in their own way. 

But like with any law enforcement job, there are always risks to ones health. 

Kessler said that the most common opiate that he and Ace (and law enforcement in general) come across nowadays is heroin. 

“Now, drug cartels are lacing heroin with fentanyl (an opioid pain medication) and even carfentanil (a synthetic opioid of fentanyl that is 10,000 time stronger than morphine) which are extremely potent and a person or animal can easily overdose.”

For someone who’s job is to stick their nose right next to these substances, this information could be concerning. 

In order to plan for the worst, Kessler and K9’s of Valor (an all volunteer, non-profit organization that raises money and provides equipment to K9 teams) teamed up to acquire a narcan (otherwise known as nalaxone, an opiate antidote) drug overdose kit. 

This kit, Kessler explained, is designed “to provide a one time life saving nasal spray to a dog to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The kit includes the Narcan itself and a duty belt holder from Narcase-Tac Life Systems LLC.”

In just one day, the necessary funds were raised through donation and the crime fighting duo should receive the equipment within a week. 

When it comes to the charity of others though, sometime you just can’t hold back the flood gates. 

After the funds were raised for the narcan kit, money continued to pour in, so Kessler and Ace will be getting even more helpful gear. 

In addition the overdose kit, they will receive an updated first aid kit outfitted with a K9 first aid aspirator/resuscitator. 

Kessler said that “this new kit could easily save the life of Ace or another dog that has stopped breathing or their heartbeat has stopped. The kit is made by Elite K9 and consists of aspirator/resuscitator pump, large aspirator mask, supplemental oxygen adaptor, resuscitator mask, oxygen recovery mask, and a heavy duty water resistant bag.”

Although Ace has never had any major injuries on the job, you can never be to careful.

“The kits will help Ace and I with our job because if he has a major medical emergency or is exposed to an opioid and begins to overdose,” Kessler explained, “we may not make the trip to the veterinarian before he dies. But with these kits we can make immediate medical care happen.”

Kits such as these are beginning to come standard equipment for K9 units across the county. 

Now, if the worse happens and Ace is exposed to these harmful drugs, he can get the help he needs right away.

If anyone would like to donate to this cause for other K9 teams, go to Facebook and find K9’s of Valor. 

The donations are tax-deductible.

 

 

 

http://www.shoshonenewspress.com/article/20171001/ARTICLE/171009999

K9s of Valor donates trauma kits Streetsboro, Ohio

STREETSBORO, Ohio - Three-month-old Kaya is working on getting down the basics, before he’s able to patrol the streets with his partner, Officer Jason Hall of the Streetsboro Police Department.

“Right now he’s training on narcotic detection, apprehension, and tracking, being able to track suspects or missing people,” he said.

But once he’s of age and able to serve, anything could happen.

“So a lot of times you know, that’s going to be the first person or first police officer they encounter is going to be the K-9, so you know they figure they can fight the K-9 first and that’s usually why a lot of them get hurt.”

That’s why he’s getting something special to protect him.

“We provide first aide trauma kits,” said Nathan King, founder of the nonprofit organization, K9s of Valor. “The kit has everything from minor to major you know stabbing, shooting...it can treat those injuries until they can get to an emergency hospital.”

K9s of Valor is the nonprofit organization that is donating the kit to Kaya.

“Our goal is keep these K-9s safe when they’re out on the streets. The departments will contact us and say ‘hey, we have a K-9 unit, we’d love to have a medical kit, but also I’ll call around to area departments to see if they need a kit as well,” King said.

The whole idea started after K-9 Jethro was shot and killed in the line of duty earlier this year.

“The bond that these K-9s have officers have with their dogs, I can relate to with my dog, and so when I heard about that on Jan. 10 it really was a touching moment for me,” said King.

And they're asking folks in the community for donations, to put these first aid kits, that have items in it like this which can help stop the bleeding of an injury, into the hands of every police station in Ohio.

King said, “It’s definitely a good feeling to know that these K-9s will be a little bit safer.”

Kaya's owner and partner for the Streetsboro Police Department expressed fulfilling this type of need is priceless.

“I mean that could do wonders. Usually emergency vets are pretty far away. Yeah, this definitely will help.”

Kaya’s kit will be arriving in about two weeks, which is just in time for when he’ll be able to go out on duty in late summer. 

Helping police dogs in Akron, Ohio

GREATER AKRON — There are at least two important things to know about Nate King, a police dispatcher from New Franklin: He loves dogs and he has always had a passion for law enforcement.

 

Last year, when he found out Jethro, a K-9 officer with the Canton Police Department, died after being shot by a suspect during a burglary call, he was devastated. He knew he had to do something to help keep police dogs safe, he said.

He soon learned that first aid equipment prepared specifically with dogs in mind often is not at the disposal of their human handlers. Plus, most police departments don’t have the funds to buy that type of thing, King said.

“Police departments across the nation cannot afford and do not have the budget to fully support K-9 units with the essential equipment they need and deserve,” he said.

Handlers end up paying out of pocket or seeking donations for even basic items such as leashes and rawhides, King added.

Those needs led him to start nonprofit organization K-9s of Valor, he said.

Since he began, he’s gifted first-aid kits to a number of area police dogs and their handlers — packs containing supplies such as dressings, tourniquets and other safety gear for dogs.  

King learned through Facebook, which he uses to connect with K-9 handlers, that some local officers don’t have naloxone kits for their K-9 partners to assist in the event of exposure to fentanyl or other opioids.

For a dog whose job is to sniff out narcotics, having that equipment on hand just makes sense, according to King.

The kits K-9s of Valor provides contain the same medicine used as an antidote when a human overdoses on an opioid. In canines, the drug can be administered the same way, intranasally or via injection, King said. As with humans, if a dog seems to be experiencing an overdose but turns out to not be, they won’t be harmed, he said.

K-9s of Valor has been providing small cases about the size of pepper sprayers that human officers can wear on their duty belts to carry the drug, said King. 

So far, no local police officers he knows of has had to administer the medicine to their K-9s.

“We do this in hopes that they don’t have to use them,” King said.

“I think it is a blessing what Nate and K-9s of Valor are doing to help us,” said Officer Pamela Helmick with The University of Akron Police Department, who received a naloxone kit for K-9 Halo Aug. 19.

“In today’s world, where is seems like dangerous drugs are everywhere, it’s nice to know we have something that can save our partners’ lives. It means so much to all of the handlers to know there are people who are thinking about our partners. We know everyone loves the dogs, but these people put their words into actions.”

King runs K-9s of Valor with the help of local volunteers Toni Worthen and Courtney Wilson, he said, and the organization also provides care packages full of treats, toys and other pet supplies to K-9 officers.

“We are here for these K-9s and their handlers,” he said.

King said the goal for 2018 is to start providing Hot-N-Pop devices to area police departments with K-9 officers who don’t already have them installed in police cruisers.

The devices, which cost around $2,000 each, prevent the inside of the car from getting too hot — if that happens, an alarm will sound, windows will automatically open and the vehicle’s fan will come on.

Also using the device, an officer can open a vehicle door using a button on their duty belt if the officer needs K-9 assistance during, for example, a scuffle with a suspect, said King.

K-9s of Valor depends on donations to provide safety equipment and care packages to local police dogs, said King. Each first aid kit is $125, and naloxone kits are $70, he said.

Monetary donations are accepted via PayPal to nate@k9sofvalor.org. According to King, 100 percent of donations received go to help K-9s, and marketing and administrative costs are paid for by him or through grants.

Also, gifts to be included in K-9 care packages can be purchased through the nonprofit’s Amazon wish list, located at http://a.co/iVhlPC7.

For more information, visit facebook.com/k9sofvalor or email nate@k9sofvalor.org.

K9s of Valor helping New Franklin, Ohio Police

Southside Leader- GREATER AKRON — There are at least two important things to know about Nate King, a police dispatcher from New Franklin: He loves dogs and he has always had a passion for law enforcement.

 

Last year, when he found out Jethro, a K-9 officer with the Canton Police Department, died after being shot by a suspect during a burglary call, he was devastated. He knew he had to do something to help keep police dogs safe, he said.

He soon learned that first aid equipment prepared specifically with dogs in mind often is not at the disposal of their human handlers. Plus, most police departments don’t have the funds to buy that type of thing, King said.

“Police departments across the nation cannot afford and do not have the budget to fully support K-9 units with the essential equipment they need and deserve,” he said.

Handlers end up paying out of pocket or seeking donations for even basic items such as leashes and rawhides, King added.

Those needs led him to start the nonprofit organization K-9s of Valor, he said.

Since he began, he’s gifted first-aid kits to a number of area police dogs and their handlers — packs containing supplies such as dressings, tourniquets and other safety gear.

King learned through Facebook, which he uses to connect with K-9 handlers, that some local officers don’t have naloxone kits for their K-9 partners to assist in the event of exposure to fentanyl or other opioids.

For a dog whose job is to sniff out narcotics, having that equipment on hand just makes sense, according to King.

The kits K-9s of Valor provides contain the same medicine used as an antidote when a human overdoses on an opioid. In canines, the drug can be administered the same way, intranasally or via injection, King said. As with humans, if a dog seems to be experiencing an overdose but turns out to not be, they won’t be harmed, he said.

K-9s of Valor has been providing small cases about the size of pepper sprayers that human officers can wear on their duty belts to carry the drug, said King. 

So far, no local police officers he knows of has had to administer the medicine to their K-9s.

“We do this in hopes that they don’t have to use them,” King said.

 

K-9s of Valor has provided New Franklin Police Officer Andrew Dilbeck, shown on left with organization founder Nate King and K-9 Chase, with care packages and essential safety items, including a naloxone kit. 

King runs K-9s of Valor with the help of local volunteers Toni Worthen and Courtney Wilson, he said, and the organization also provides care packages full of treats, toys and other pet supplies to K-9 officers.

 

“Nate [King] has been amazing to me and to my team and Chase,” said New Franklin Police Officer Andrew Dilbeck, who recently received a naloxone kit for his partner, 19-month-old K-9 Chase.

Before Chase came on last January, the City of New Franklin hadn’t had a police dog for five years, added Dilbeck, who previously worked as a K-9 handler in the U.S. Marine Corps.

King first contacted him about supplying a kit stocked with emergency first aid supplies, he said. From then on, King continued to check in, Dilbeck said, inquiring whether Chase needed anything the department was unable to provide, making sure he had treats and toys on hand, as well as standard gear like leashes and collars.

“He knew I was paying for that out of my pocket,” said the K-9 officer.

He also received a $100 gift card to a pet store from King on two occasions, he said.

“What he’s done for me with Chase, from a small department standpoint where you don’t get a lot of funding, it’s amazing,” said Dilbeck. “I can’t say enough about the positive things they’re doing.”

King said the goal for 2018 is to start providing Hot-N-Pop devices to area police departments with K-9 officers who don’t already have them installed in police cruisers.

The devices, which cost around $2,000 each, prevent the inside of the car from getting too hot — if that happens, an alarm will sound, windows will automatically open and the vehicle’s fan will come on.

Also using the device, an officer can open a vehicle door using a button on their duty belt, if the officer needs K-9 assistance during, for example, a scuffle with a suspect, said King.

K-9s of Valor depends on donations to provide safety equipment and care packages to local police dogs, said King. Each first aid kit is $125, and naloxone kits are $70, he said.

To date, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit has distributed 20 naloxone kits and 50 care packages and is running a waiting list, he said.

Monetary donations are accepted via PayPal to nate@k9sofvalor.org. According to King, 100 percent of donations received go to help K-9s, and marketing and administrative costs are paid for by him or through grants.

“We are here for these K-9s and their handlers,” he said.

Also, gifts to be included in K-9 care packages can be purchased through the nonprofit’s Amazon wish list, located at http://a.co/iVhlPC7.

For more information, visit facebook.com/k9sofvalor or email nate@k9sofvalor.org.

http://www.mariettatimes.com/news/2017/09/naloxone-kit-donated-for-city-police-dog/

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http://www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/cleveland-metro/protecting-those-who-protect-us-a-local-organization-donates-first-aid-kits-for-k9s