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 🙏💙🇺🇸🐾🐾🐾

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

So sad. They become family members and their loss is felt by all. RIP.

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

Rest In Peace K9 Axel.

BillD
BillD

Thank u Axel , your pic is of a beautiful dog and Hero !!! Again thank u and hope u have the biggest dog treat in heaven :)

jimmer1
jimmer1

Deputy Tibbets and family, from our family to yours. We are sorry for your loss. "RIP Axel"

mamagray
mamagray

Thank you K9 Axel for your service to your community. My deepest condolences to Deputy Tibbets and his family. And also to the department for their sudden loss.🇺🇸💙🖤

USMC5USBP9
USMC5USBP9

May you Rest In Peace!

Too sad and there’s a huge problem on how law enforcement officers are treated. By my personal experience, we don’t have anything in place to get help from. I was an agent always eager to provide help to anyone who needed help. Then, I was forced into medical retirement. I have been needing help and, for the first time, reached for help. Two of the nonprofit that I reached for, the first question was “What kind of medical insurance do you have?” I understand that nobody works for free but, let’s get help and get the insurance information after the situation is out of the dangerous zone. If it wasn’t for my wife (angel) I would not be writing this today. I still need help but I’ll need to get it on my own. Very sad that we can’t prevent some of this cases.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Sounds like there should be charges against whoever let the K9 officer run around in the road.

Leggyj
Leggyj

So sad!

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

R.I.P. Axel and may God watch over you after you cross that Rainbow Bridge!!!