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COLUMBUS, OH – November 6, 2019   After nine years of faithful service to the residents of Franklin County, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will celebrate the retirement of Canine Jack at a ceremony on Thursday, November 7th.
 
Jack, an 11-year old German Shepherd, joined the K9 Unit in 2010. Specializing in tracking suspects, narcotics detection, and patrol service, Jack spent his entire career with one partner,
Deputy Mike Severance.
 
While saying farewell to one, the Sheriff’s Office will also welcome a new recruit at the same time. Canine Hazen Jay, a 3-year old German Shepherd, will be welcomed by Sheriff Baldwin and partnered with Deputy Severance. Hazen Jay will be Deputy Severance’s seventh canine partner.
 
Also of note, Deputy Severance has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1973. A canine handler since 1985, he is currently the longest-serving canine handler in Ohio, and the oldest full-time handler in the nation.   

US40 (W. Broad St.) west of Georgesville Rd., Franklin Township, Franklin County

It is with great sadness that we share; following 5 years of exemplary service to his handler, fellow deputies, Central Ohio law enforcement agencies, and the citizens of Franklin County, canine Riddick died this morning surrounded by his handler, family and co-workers.

 

Over the last three days, Riddick had suffered from complications related to a sudden diagnosis of cancer in and around his heart.  We would like to thank the staff of MedVet for all of their hard work over the last few days to try and save Riddick.  Unfortunately, he had a very aggressive form of cancer that would not have benefited from further treatment. 

 

Riddick was an 8 year old Belgian Malinois, trained as a dual purpose Sheriff’s Canine assigned to patrol and specialized in narcotics detection.  He started with his handler, Dep. McCoy, in 2014. Over the years Riddick aided Deputies in finding large amounts of illegal narcotics, as well as assisting in the capture of multiple criminals. 

He will be missed by his handler, Deputy McCoy and our entire FCSO family.  


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