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There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of all its beautiful colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass. When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and frail animals are young again. Those who were sick, hurt or in pain are made whole again.  There is only one thing missing, they are not with their special person who loved them so much on earth. So each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up! The nose twitches! The ears are up! The eyes are staring and this one runs from the group! You have been seen and when you and your special friend meet, you take him in your arms and hug him. He licks and kisses your face again and again ... and you look once more into the eyes of your best friend and trusting pet. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together never again to be apart.

K-9 REX

It is with heaviest of hearts we share the passing of K9 Rex (retired). Rex started his training in 2011. He was a sharp thinker and extremely fast in finding the quickest routes to achieve the goals. He was quick in apprehending with precision and responsible for many throughout his career. He was cross-trained in smokeless powder detection and fast to learn and eager to perform. He was great at finding evidence to help the investigations team. Whenever his handler was down, he always made sure he was okay first before proceeding. A true friend. Ryan, his handler, and Maurine and her family, were lifelong friends and companions for Rex throughout his retirement. He will forever be in our hearts. EOW 06/07/22

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K-9 HONDO

K-9 Hondo was recently diagnosed with late stage cancer and was laid to rest on 11-13-2021 with his handler and family by his side. K-9 Hondo has served the Chesterfield County Police Department for over 6 years. He loyally served alongside two handlers during his career. K-9 Hondo was known for his tremendous work effort and was a master of his craft. K-9 Hondo located numerous missing subjects and items involved in crimes during his career. K-9 Hondo will be missed by all but will continue to watch over his two handlers, our Officers and K-9s who serve Chesterfield County.

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K-9 COAL

It is with heavy hearts we share the passing of K9 Coal (retired). Coal retired from the Chesterfield County Police Department in 2017, having served with Corporal Godsey since 2010 as a narcotics detection canine. In his career he won 7 awards including Fastest Narcotics K9, performed many demonstrations and assisted officers in removing illegal drugs from Chesterfield County streets. We're thankful for the dedication of K9 Coal to our community and the joy he brought to the Godsey family. EOW 04/12/22

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K-9 ALVIN

Alwin Vom Rehsupf (Alvin) was a German Shepherd, born in Europe, in the Czech Republic on April 15, 2008. In 2009, Alvin was brought to the United States by Von Der Haus Gill German Shepherds Inc. Kennel, in Ohio. Alvin completed his patrol dog training through Virginia Police Work Dog Association (VPWDA) in 2009 and worked as a Chesterfield County Police Department patrol canine until his retirement in March 2015. Alvin had several notable apprehensions of violent criminals throughout his career. Alvin was known to be a serious, tough, and intimidating police K9 who would often gain compliance from criminals by his presence alone. Alvin was also known to have a good judge of character and was always kind to children and those he came to trust. Alvin competed and placed first in several Iron Dog competitions during his career. Alvin enjoined relaxing in his well-deserved retirement with his handler and family. Alvin left the family he loved when he passed away peacefully on 10/21/2021, with his handler/partner by his side. His family thanks God for the amazing life they were able to share and be part of as Alvin stood watch and protected the people he loved throughout his life. 

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K-9 SAMANTHA (aka SAMMY)

Samantha was a chocolate Labrador retriever who was born 8/12/06. Samantha was purchased from Break of Dawn Farm & Kennels located in metro Richmond area. Samantha started her career as a Chesterfield county drug dog back in 2007 when she first certified with her first handler Scott Gordon. The two were a great team that worked with several undercover units from 2007 up to 2009. In 2009 Samantha was paired with a new handler where they worked with undercover and uniformed officers throughout Chesterfield county and the metro Richmond area. Samantha also assisted state and federal authorities in several drug cases. Samantha played an important part in getting drugs and drug dealers off the road till 2010 when she was retired. During Samantha’s career she participated in several Iron dog competitions and in one Iron dog competition host by Richmond Police Department Samantha place 1st in the woman’s division. Samantha quickly adjusted to retired life. She visited the beach where she dipped her toes in the ocean but preferred laying under shade in the sand. Samantha had a wonderful demeanor. She loved to go up to any new person and lean on them for love and attention.  Samantha enjoyed lounging around inside her house with her family. Samantha spent most of her time getting belly rubs, snuggles and treats. Samantha passed on 11-23-2020.