Hero Down: Hilliard Police Department K9 Jawaak Dies After Brain Tumor Diagnosis

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Hilliard Police Department K9 Jawaak served his department for three years.

Hilliard, OH – Hilliard Police Department (HPD) K9 Jawaak died on March 20 after being diagnosed with an “aggressive and untreatable brain tumor,” according to his department.

HPD announced the death of the five-year-old Belgian Malinois on March 24.

“We're very sad to share that K9 Jawaak was put to sleep due to an aggressive and untreatable brain tumor over the weekend,” the department said in a Facebook post. “His condition was expected to become worse with no possibility of recovery.”

K9 Jawaak served the HPD “with honor” alongside his human partner, Hilliard Police Officer Dustin Kaiser, since 2017, according to the agency.

The dual-purpose K9 was born and raised in France, HPD said in a press release in 2017.

After training together at Storm Dog Tactical in Sunbury, he and Officer Kaiser hit the streets.

The duo made an average of 60 arrests per year, and also assisted other law enforcement agencies on a frequent basis, according to the release.

Most of their work involved narcotics detection.

“Please join us in supporting his handler, Officer Kaiser, during this difficult time,” HPD said. “Thank you for your service, K9 Jawaak. You will be missed.”

Hilliard Police Chief Robert Fisher told This Week Community News that K9 Jawaak and Officer Kaiser had a special bond.

“Officer Kaiser often described K9 Jawaak as an ‘intense’ worker, and we’re grateful for his work protecting and serving the residents of Hilliard,” Chief Fisher said. “We ask for the public to join us in supporting officer Kaiser during this difficult time.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hilliard Police Department and Officer Kaiser in the loss of K9 Jawaak.

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RIP K9 Ofc. Jawaak. Your life mattered.


Although they come from the heart, when addressing such a loss descriptive words are totally inadequate. Only those who have experienced it will fully understand the very strong bond that develops between the two members of a K-9 team. In my case, when we were off duty he was often stretched out on the living room floor, serving as a pillow or cuddle buddy for two kids. I haven't seen him for more than forty years, but every time I glance at his photo I want to hug him just one more time.


Best thing of owning a dog- best friend for life.
Worst thing of owning a dog- having to say goodbye.

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