TOPS Police K9 Training Program
TOPS K-9 Officer Training:
K-9 Training Program Director: Paul Pomazal
TEL: (847) 207-9144
FAX: (847) 223-1537
Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Tops Mourns the Passing of K-9 Diesel
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced Sunday, September 12, 2021 with a very heavy heart the passing of Sheriff’s Canine Diesel. K-9 Diesel passed away Saturday, September 11, 2021, in the company of his partner, Deputy Craig Somerville. K-9 Diesel was recently diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, which was found to be in an advanced stage. Canine Diesel was seven years old and would have celebrated his eighth birthday on September 15th.
K-9 Diesel, who started his career in early 2015, will be remembered for finding dozens of missing endangered people, fleeing felons, and significant amounts of contraband. According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, K-9 Diesel anxiously awaited every day for Deputy Somerville to open the squad car door, so he could go to work.
In Memory of
EOW - 6/30/2020
The Bloomingdale Police Department lost one of its own this week, a four-legged warrior named Kane. Kane, the department’s service dog, died in his sleep Tuesday at the age of 6 from unknown causes. His time as a member of the force left a remarkable impression on his handler, who said the German shepherd will be sorely missed. Officer Levi McGhee, Kane’s handler, saw Kane as more than just a service dog but also as a genuine pet and loving member of his family. “I feel like I’ve lost my shadow,” McGhee said Thursday. “He wasn’t just a pet, he was literally a part of me and a part of our family. His unexpected passing has been extremely tough on all of us.” Kane began his training when he was 1 year old, the typical age dogs become trained to become service dogs. When he was not playing around like a normal dog, he was chasing down violent offenders and sniffing out drugs and illegal narcotics, often protecting the lives of other officers in the process, McGhee said. One case that sticks out to McGhee that exemplified his service was tracking down a DUI and car theft suspect hiding under a car last December. Frank Giammarese, director of public safety, said he plans to add another service dog to the department, though there is no timetable for when that will happen. “It’s been a great program to train these dogs, but it’s still a tragic loss,” Giammarese said. “That dog had a bigger fan base than anyone in the community. I don’t know if you can replace Kane.” There will be a ceremony and procession in his honor at 9 a.m. June 7 at Scottish Rite Valley, 383 E. Lake St., Bloomingdale.