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Hero Down: Eufaula Police K9 Tito Dies After Air Conditioning Malfunction

Tulsa, OK – Eufaula Police Department (EPD) K9 Tito died in the line of duty on Sept. 15 after the air conditioning in his handler’s patrol vehicle failed.

The four-year-old Belgian Malinois’ partner was setting up training scenarios and left K9 Tito inside the air-conditioned patrol vehicle in the meantime, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

When he returned to the patrol unit to retrieve K9 Tito, he discovered the vehicle’s air conditioning had failed and was blowing hot air instead.

K9 Tito was rushed to a local veterinary office by ambulance, where he was stabilized, according to a fundraising page established to help cover his medical costs.

He was in need of more advanced care and was escorted to the Oklahoma Veterinary Specialist Clinic in Jenks, Oklahoma by three police vehicles.

“Doctors there continued to work on Tito for several hours,” the fundraising page read. “In the late hours of the night it was determined by a team of veterinarians that Tito had sustained severe, irreversible brain damage.”

He was ultimately humanely euthanized due to the severity of his injuries.

K9 Tito began serving the EPD in 2017 and served alongside his handler, EPD Officer Connor Enox.

He was credited for many tracks, apprehensions, and drug arrests during his years of service, KTUL reported.

“Tito loved working, riding in his police vehicle and searching for narcotics,” according to the fundraising page. “He was a very good dog and will be missed dearly.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Eufaula Police Department and Officer Enox in the loss of K9 Tito.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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