Rest in Peace, Dingo: Thank You for Your Service and for Your Sacrifice
By Ken K. Gourdin
Salt Lake Unified Police K-9 Officer Dingo, a Belgian Malinois who is trained in both drug detection and suspect apprehension and whose partner and handler is UPDSL’s Sgt. Chad Reyes, was shot and killed by a fleeing suspect whom he was attempting to apprehend. For coverage of the incident in Salt Lake City’s Deseret News, see here (this and any other Web addresses last accessed July 7, 2017):
Dingo was assigned a bullet-resistant vest, but it is difficult enough to keep animals comfortable and hydrated in Utah’s summer heat even without vests, so he happened to not be wearing the vest at the time. In response to Deseret News coverage, I replied:
Condolences to all of Dingo’s people, especially to Sgt. Reyes and his family. I can easily understand the desire of officers and their agencies to accord Dingo the same respect they accord their fallen human colleagues. Had Dingo not taken a bullet, I think, simply from what little has been reported about his death, that the odds are better than average that one of his human colleagues might well have done so. 10-42 [Utah Public Safety 10-Code for “Ending tour of duty”], job well done, Rest In Peace, Dingo.