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Hero Down: Hamilton County Sheriff’s K9 Vax Dies From Medical Condition

Cincinnati, OH – Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) K9 Vax died on Jan. 24 due to complications from an illness, according to his department.

K9 Vax was humanely euthanized on Jan. 24, after he developed severe complications due to a medical issue, the HCSO said in a press release the following day.

The exact nature of his medical condition was not released.

K9 Vax served alongside his handler, 26-year HCSO veteran Corporal Dan Bemerer, for a decade.

“Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey regrets to report the loss of one of our beloved Canines, Vax,” the department said in the press release. “Corporal Dan Bemerer has been Vax’s handler for 10 years and is understandably in deep sorrow at the loss of his K-9 partner.”

The duo conducted approximately 200 deployments and made about 50 apprehensions since they began working the streets in 2013.

“We will miss him dearly,” the HCSO said in a Facebook post on Monday afternoon.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and Corporal Bemerer in the loss of K9 Vax.

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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