September 13, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

Retired police service dog passes

posed photo of police dog with his handlerIt is with regret that the SPD announces the passing of retired police service dog, "Marko."

Marko passed away on Sept. 2 at the age of 12. Whelped in Holland in June 2001, Marko served the SPD as Officer Phil Yarnell's partner from 2003-2012. In Marko's 9-year career serving the department, he had approximately 550 narcotic search deployments and about 400 patrol deployments. He was responsible for locating 53 suspects, several weapons and many lost and stolen items. Marko also assisted with cash seizures of approximately $15,000.

The SPD appreciates the service of Marko to the department and the community he served. He is and will continue to be missed by his handler and the officers who have worked with him over the years. Marko is buried at the Police Service Dog Memorial on S. Lone Pine in Springfield.

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Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
O: 864-1786 | C: 839-5301
Release authorized by: Captain Greg Higdon

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Springfield Police Department

Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
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