JAMESTOWN – A longtime K-9 with the Jamestown Police Department has passed away.
The agency announced the news of K-9 Mitchell’s death in a post on social media Saturday.
The retired K-9 died from cancer at the age of 12. He was Officer Erik Kraft’s first dog as a new handler.
“Mitchell was everything an officer could ask for in a K9 partner; loyal, brave, disciplined, and intelligent,” the department said. “His detection work was unprecedented and led to numerous arrests and drug seizures in his career.”
Mitchell and Kraft were honored as Grand Marshal of the 2016 Jamestown Christmas Parade after Mitchell was stabbed and critically wounded by a homicide suspect.
“If not for the emergency lifesaving care provided by his handler and Moonbrook Veterinary Hospital, Mitchell’s life may have been cut short,” continued the department. “As a testament to Mitchell’s never-give-up drive, Mitchell not only fought that day, but returned to full duty to serve and protect the City of Jamestown.”
The department says Mitchell’s selfless actions earned him the Police Cross Medal and the Medal of Valor.
“Mitchell protected the citizens and officers in the City of Jamestown for approximately eight years before his retirement,” furthered the department. “The Jamestown Police Department is honored to have served side by side with such an outstanding K9 partner. Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Kraft and his family.”