Hero Down: Orange County Sheriff's Department K9 Falco Dies Unexpectedly
Orange County, CA – Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) K9 Falco died unexpectedly on April 2, according to his department.
“It’s with a heavy heart to tell you the world lost a hero yesterday,” the OCSD K9 Unit said in an Instagram post on April 3.
K9 Falco, a dual-purpose narcotics and patrol K9, served alongside his human partner, OCSD Deputy Gerry McCann, for four years.
During his 293 deployments, K9 Falco sought out suspects on 148 occasions.
A whopping 107 suspects surrendered, and K9 Falco apprehended five others.
He was sent out on a total of 99 narcotics searches, and helped to take over 40 pounds of methamphetamine, nine pounds of cocaine, five pounds of marijuana, and two pounds of heroin off the streets.
The beloved Belgian Malinois also participated in a countless number of demonstrations, reaching thousands of people over the years.
“He was loved by everyone he came into contact with and will be deeply missed,” the OCSD K9 Unit said. “Please pray for his handler, Deputy McCann and his family in this difficult time. RIP Falco we have the line from here.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Deputy McCann in the loss of K9 Falco.