The President's Perspective
Jeremy Blankenship & K-9 Sam Cherokee, North Carolina Fire Department
The American Police Canine Association is deeply saddened that Sam passed away tonight due to un for seen medical complications. Sam had one arson conviction under him and one pending in short time Jeremy Blankenship had Sam. Sam was a awesome partner please pray for them.
Deputy Brandon Surratt & K-9 Hyco, Anderson County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina
On October 21, 2015 Anderson County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a reported carjacking at a Dollar General Store on Highway 24 in Townville. Four suspects were believed to be involved in the crime. Deputies located the suspect vehicle and initiated a vehicle pursuit which led to the intersection of New Prospect Church Road. The suspects then ran from the vehicle on foot at which time Deputy Surratt released K-9 Hyco to engage the fleeing suspects. One of the suspects fired several shots at K-9 Hyco, striking him with numerous rounds as K-9 Hyco gave chase of the suspect at the rear
of a building. K-9 Hyco was transported to a local Animal Hospital in attempts to save his life, in which he died a short time later. K-9 Hyco received full police honors in which he was laid to rest. Several hundred officers and members of the community and the American Police Canine Association were in attendance. K-9 Hyco's action's were nothing less than heroic. He will be honored by this association as a true hero and is
an inspiration to our law enforcement K-9 profession.
Deputy Brandon Surratt and K-9 Hyco served as a K-9 Team together for six years. The team received a A.P.C.A. President's Award for Professional Excellence in 2012 after obtaining a level III trailing certification. The team was certified in Patrol and Narcotics Detection. The American Police Canine Association will present its highest and most distinguished honor to Deputy Surratt and K-9 Hyco on September 28, 2016 at the the 2016 American Police Canine Association National Conference. The Uncommon Valor in the Line of Duty will be presented to this team for their heroic actions of October 21, 2015 in which K-9 Hyco, Anderson County Sheriff's Office gave the ultimate sacrifice which will never be forgotten. K-9 Hyco, may you rest in peace and to Brandon, may God bless you and give you comfort in your time of loss and sorrow.
The Upcoming Events Schedule is being lined up for 2016. Three training events have been posted on our website in which registration information is now available to our viewers. We encourage you to register early for these events that you are interested in attending. The 2016 A.P.C.A. Sniff-Off will be hosted by the Crown Point Police Department on March 5, 2016. Our Coordinators, Jeff Eldridge, Stanko Gligic and Dave Wilkins are laying out the red carpet again for this years attendees. If you like a buffet spread, these guys can't be beat!! Tons of the best food you'll ever get your hands on! Last year was amazing. Great conference and professionally done. Looking forward to this March! The Executive Board and the Accreditation Board will convene its annual Spring Meeting during this event. Election results will also be decided during this meeting for the offices of Accreditation Chairman and Director Position #5. Each of our regular membership should have received an unmarked ballot which was mailed to you by our membership chairman. We ask each of you to be sure to cast your ballot for the candidate of your choice and mail to the Election Chairman no later than February 28, 2016 so that your vote will be received and counted by the Election Committee at the 2016 Spring Meeting.
The 2016 A.P.C.A. North Carolina Spring Seminar will be conducted on April 18-20, 2016 in Cherokee, North Carolina. Our hosting agencies for this years seminar are the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Natural Resource Enforcement Department and the Cherokee Fire Department. This event promises to be an exceptional training opportunity for our membership. Captain Kenneth Maney and Sergeant Rick Queen will be this year's conference Coordinators. The event will offer problem solving, street based scenario training, classroom lectures and A.P.C.A. Certifications. We hope to see you in the Smokey Mountain Region this Spring!
Each of our members will soon be receiving their 2016 A.P.C.A. Membership Dues notice in the mail from our membership chairman. Please be sure to remit your dues no later than January 31, 2016. Annual dues are $50.00 per member and may be paid payable to the American Police Canine Association.
A big A.P.C.A. Welcome to our newest association members! We would like to welcome the each of you a dynamic and growing professional association. Welcome to
David Godfrey, Dennis Roberts, Troy Bodinc, Daniel Osborne, Darin Cook, Steve Morgan, Gary Mattingly, Christopher Watkins, Scott Cornelison, James Wright, Robert Morgan, Melissa Newman, Jason Haycox, Michael Mitchell, Lee Stanley,
Kelly Schroeder, James Goodwin, Joseph Cotterman, Aaron Crawford, Sutton Flick,
Douglas Leonard, Cody StJohn and Michelle Weaver.
Mike Johnson, President
American Police Canine Association