Corrections K9 Officer “Jake”, who became ill during the July 18, 2019 contraband raid at the Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore, AL, has died.
The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) said that on Saturday, Jake developed pneumonia and abnormal vital signs and passed away at about 3:00 p.m.
Jake was working on the search when he alerted on a substance and, according to his handler, Sgt. Quinton Jones, lost his balance and became unresponsive. Two staff nurses stabilized Jake with CPR and an IV until he was transported to Auburn’s veterinary clinic.
The K9’s sudden illness prompted officials to evacuate the dorm and call in the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue HazMat unit.
An initial test on the substance indicated that it was synthetic marijuana, with further analysis pending.
Governor Ivey issued a commendation honoring the K9 officer’s service, saying, ” “I was saddened to hear that one of the Corrections K9s, Jake, lost his life over the weekend. This K9 died in service to public safety and in service to the state. Jake is an example of the goodness, the loyalty, and service that our four-legged friends provide. We certainly lost a loyal companion.”
Correction Commissioner Jeff Dunn also shared condolences for Sgt. Jones, who had been partnered with Jake since 2014, and the ADOC K9 Bureau, saying, “This is a difficult time for our ADOC family and especially for Sgt. Jones and those assigned to our K9 Bureau who worked with Jake on a daily basis. I extend our deepest condolences for the loss of this noble K9 who honorably served the State of Alabama and for ultimately giving his life while protecting the public. With Jake’s training and ability to find the narcotic, he saved other lives by giving his own in the line-of-duty. Jake’s heroism and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
A burial service with full honors will be held later this week.