Hero of the Month

We pay tribute to a fallen hero who we feel sure has been reunited with his first human partner.  It’s common for police dogs to have two or more handlers during their career but thankfully very few lose their partner the way PSD Ozzy lost his.  On duty in Moncton, New Brunswick on June 4, 2014, this fallen hero – then known as Danny – and his handler Constable Dave Ross were dispatched to a call of a man walking the streets with a gun.  Soon after, all of Canada learned that Dave Ross and Constables Doug Larche and Fabrice Gevaudan were dead.

Many tributes were paid to these valiant officers, who gave their lives trying to stop a gunman bent on murder.  One of these was to retire the name Danny in honour of Constable Ross, who trained his police dog from a pup at the RCMP Kennel in Innisfail, Alberta.  Rechristened Ozzy, he was relocated to Manitoba and then Nova Scotia, continuing his work protecting the public until reaching a well-earned retirement in 2017.

One of Ozzy’s handlers was Sgt. Kris Chornomydz, who likened Ozzy to NHL superstar Sydney Crosby.  “No one ever got away from us.” said Kris.  “Ozzy’s longest track was almost 15 kilometers, and at the end of it we captured 4 armed robbery suspects.  Ozzy wasn’t just a very special dog – he was a rockstar!”

Ozzy retired with the Byard family, who called him “a knight in shining armour.  There wasn’t much we would do without him, and he was the kind of dog everyone would want.”

We suspect Ozzy has reverted to being called Danny and is happily walking alongside Constable Ross, pleased to be reunited with his old friend.  Whatever they called him, the humans in his life miss this fun-loving boy and are grateful for the time they had with him.  Rest in peace, and good boy.

Bios

Ozzy, Regimental #939

Ozzy, Regimental #939

Ozzy was born on September 7th, 2011. He had a very busy career that took him around the Maritimes and into the Prairies! Ozzy and

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Tribute

Tribute for Ozzy/Danny

Tribute for Ozzy/Danny

Ned’s Wish was saddened to learn of the recent passing of PSD Danny, #939. Danny was born Sept 7, 2011, from the RCMP breeding program.

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