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Hero Down: Redding Police K9 Hank Succumbs To Cancer

Redding, CA – Redding Police Department (RPD) K9 Hank died on July 9, following a brief battle with what was believed to have been an aggressive cancer, according to his department.

The two-and-one-half-year-old German shepherd was born in the Czech Republic on Sep. 16, 2017, the Record Searchlight reported.

“Hank and his handler, Officer Chris Kofford, had only been working together since April, 2019, but together they had a huge impact on the community and members of the department,” the RPD said in a Facebook post on July 13.

K9 Hank had a “good nature and fun personality” that brought joy to everyone around him, the RPD said.

“His hard working attitude made him highly effective in supporting patrol officers in their duties,” the department noted. “Over his brief career, Hank was utilized over 150 times for building or area searches, high risk car stops, article searches, or as a force option. Hank assisted in taking 75 people safely into custody, including six violent criminal apprehensions.”

K9 Hank was honored with a “final ride” police procession to the pet cemetery on July 13, RPD Sergeant Chris Smyrnos told the Record Searchlight.

“For us, he’s part of our law enforcement family,” Sgt. Smyrnos said. “Anytime anyone in law enforcement passes away, we mourn…He served us well for the short time he was here and he was a great dog.”

The RPD thanked Dr. Jennifer Powers Maples and the staff at Above and Beyond Animal Care “for their dedication, care, and compassion in treating Hank.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Redding Police Department and Officer Kofford in the loss of K9 Hank.

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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