Hero Down: Butler Police K9 Gunner Dies Of Irreparable Medical Complications

Butler Police K9 Gunner served his department since 2012.

Butler, PA – Butler Police Department K9 Gunner died from irreparable internal medical issues on Dec. 28, 2018.

K9 Gunner began exhibiting signs that he was feeling ill the night before, so his handler, Butler Police Lieutenant Brian Grooms, took him to a veterinary hospital, Butler Radio reported.

When the doctor determined that K9 Gunner’s medical complications could not be successfully treated, the decision for humane euthanasia was made.

The 7-year-old K9 joined the department in 2012, Butler Police Chief Bob O’Neill told the Butler Eagle.

“Their potential on a scene even outweighs what they can do,” Chief O'Neill said. “Just their presence is like having four extra officers on hand.”

K9 Gunner made his last arrest on Christmas Eve, according to the chief.

He was the department’s only K9.

Chief O’Neill described K9 Gunner and Lt. Grooms as “best friends,” and said that the lieutenant is mourning the loss of his four-legged partner, according to Butler Radio.

“We are thankful and grateful to Gunner for his years of service to the Butler City Police and the Butler City community as a whole,” Chief O’Neill said. “He will be sorely missed.”

“This is obviously a sad time for the department, the community, and certainly Lt. Grooms,” Butler Mayor Ben Smith said in a Facebook post. “My personal thanks goes out to Lt. Grooms for the excellent job he did in caring for, training, and working alongside Gunner.”

“I ask that you keep Lt. Grooms in your thoughts and prayers, and that you think fondly on all the good that Gunner did for our community,” Smith wrote.

The department is hoping to raise the funds to bring two K9s onto the force, but the effort may not succeed without donations from community members to supplement the agency’s regular budget, the Butler Eagle reported.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Butler Police Department and Lt. Grooms in the loss of K9 Gunner.

Rest easy, hero. Your life mattered.

Comments (8)
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Helen Hendrickson
Helen Hendrickson

My heart goes out to his blue family and friends

MrAgent007
MrAgent007

On the force since 2012! It’s asinine to use a K9 for more than a 5 year period of time before mandatory retirement. Irresponsible K9 management at its finest in Butler, PA!

Buzz17
Buzz17

Must have been a terrible shock to Lt. Grooms to lose his partner so suddenly. Our thoughts & prayers are with him & his fellow officers. It's always difficult to lose your best canine friend & partner. We hope the Butler PD & residents of Butler will be able to raise the funds to get 2 K9s!

61mouse
61mouse

This would be a good reason to start a GO FUND page .To get K9s

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

R.I.P. Hero Gunner!!!!