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Tribute for Fergus

PSD Fergus

RCMP Police Service Dog

Regimental #990

2013 – 2024

Years of Service: 2015 – 2022

Postings: Newfoundland & Labrador, British Columbia and Nova Scotia

We’re very saddened to announce the passing of PSD Fergus, #990 on May 22, 2024.

Heroic, brave and stoic are just a few words to describe PSD Fergus, a cherished member of our Ned’s Wish family.

On July 22, 2020 Fergus suffered multiple stab wounds in the head and body while in pursuit of a suspect, who also stabbed a police officer attending the 911 call in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. While Fergus lost a lot of blood, he survived the attack and recovered from his injuries, returning back to work in September of 2020. The police officer also made a full recovery.

Fergus was born on September 22, 2013 in Innisfail, Alberta at the Police Dog Training Centre. He completed his training in June 2015 and had the opportunity to work in three different divisions within the RCMP. His first posting was patrolling the streets of the western communities of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, before transferring to Grand Falls – Windsor, then Newfoundland. Fergus continued to serve the communities of central Newfoundland until September 2019, when he transferred to Bible Hill, Nova Scotia.

During his career as a police service dog, Fergus was not only instrumental in finding countless missing adults and children, but also has been invaluable during a great number of critical incidents. In April 2020, Fergus was the first set of “paws” on the ground to help find and stop the suspect involved in the tragic events of mass shootings in Nova Scotia.

PSD Fergus officially retired from the RCMP on September 24, 2021. Fergus absolutely loved autumn, when the ground becomes an endless salad bar of leaves, on which he LOVED to snack. In his retirement, FERGUS had a seasonal occupation as a part time leaf mulcher. When he was relaxing inside the home with his family, he was constantly chewing on his rubber ball, often falling asleep with it in his mouth.

Rest in peace, Fergus. Thank you for your service.

A Reflection by his Handler – RCMP Cpl. Dion Sutton

Fergus was definitely a one of a kind dog. He was strong, Intense and courageous. He gave 110% effort every time we were deployed. At home, he kept his human pack close and just wanted to be close to his family. He was never without a ball in his mouth unless he was destroying his younger brother’s stuffy. It was definitely hard for Fergus to turn the switch off and in some ways, I don’t think he ever did. He was truly dedicated to his job as protector.There is a place waiting for you next to your predecessor where both of you can continue to keep watch. Until we meet again my Bull in a China Shop

See also: RCMP tracking dog Fergus on the mend after suspect stabbed him with stick and fled
CTV Atlantic – September 16, 2020

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