Hero Down: Audubon County Sheriff's K9 Axel Killed By Passing Car

Audubon County Sheriff's Department K9 Axel died in an off-duty incident on April 19.

Audubon County, IA – Audubon County Sheriff’s Department (ACSD) K9 Axel died on April 19, after he was struck by a vehicle while off-duty.

K9 Axel, a Belgian Malinois, joined ACSD in 2015, according to the department’s website.

“It is with heavy hearts that the Sheriff’s Department informs the public of the passing of our K9, Axel,” the ACSD said in a Facebook post. “He was tragically hit by a passing vehicle while off duty.”

K9 Axel helped take a large quantity of illegal drugs off the streets during his four years with the department.

“Without Axel countless drug traffickers would still be out on our streets, and we are forever grateful to him for his selfless service,” Audubon County Attorney Sarah Jennings told the Atlantic News Telegraph.

“He may not have died in the line of duty, but it’s not how you die that determines whether you’re a hero — it’s how you live,” Jennings continued. “Here’s to honoring and remembering a hero and a great cop. Please send your thoughts and prayers to Axel’s handler and partner, Nate Tibbets, and Nate’s wife and family.”

Deputy Nathan Tibbets and K9 Axel both joined the department in the same year, according to the department’s website.

“He will be greatly missed,” the ACSD’s Facebook post read.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Audubon County Sheriff’s Department and Deputy Tibbets in the loss of K9 Axel.

Comments (14)
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rambo4ca
rambo4ca

Rest in Peace Axle!!

teecook58
teecook58

It saddens me to read this about K9 Axel and his blue family. My heart hurts with you.He will always be remembered by the heroic job that he did to get these awful drugs off the streets. I pray the next K9 you get will do the job as great as Axel did in his memory. God Bless you and your Blue family and a BIG THANK YOU TO AXEL AND HIS BLUE FAMILY FOR THERE SERVICE.

Snakeman 51
Snakeman 51

RIP, Big Dog. They will see you at The Bridge...

Readbetweenthelines
Readbetweenthelines

😢

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

RIP Axle. Thank you for all that you did, may you play in heaven now forever 🙏💙🇺🇸🐾🐾🐾