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Hero Down: U.S. Customs And Border Protection K9 Fredy Dies After Suffering Medical Emergency In Training

Matawan, NJ – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) K9 Fredy died in the line of duty on Feb. 15 after suffering a medical emergency during a training session.

The incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m. during an off-site training mission in Matawan, the CBP’s New York Field Office Communications Management Office told The Police Tribune on Monday.

K9 Fredy suffered an “emergency medical episode” during the mission and did not survive, the CBP said.

His exact cause of death was not immediately released.

K9 Fredy, a narcotics detection and human detection K9, was seven years and 10 months old at the time of his tragic passing.

He joined the CBP in March of 2018 and had been serving alongside his human partner, CBP Officer Matthew Liggio, since November of 2021.

K9 Fredy played a role in a dozen narcotics seizures and carried out hundreds of thousands of searches during his law enforcement career, according to his agency.

“CBP K-9 Fredy was an instrumental part of the narcotics interdiction efforts at the Port of New York/Newark since the fall of 2021,” CBP Acting Deputy Chief Officer Steven Ajami said in a statement to The Police Tribune. “During his tenure, K-9 Fredy conducted over 600,000 searches, with 12 narcotics seizures. His dedication to the CBP mission will be missed.”

Funeral services will be held for K9 Fredy on a date yet to be determined, the CBP said.

Our thoughts and prayers are with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Officer Matthew Liggio in the loss of K9 Fredy.

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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