The Logan Township Police Department would like to announce the retirement of everybody's favorite Officer, Vilo. After nine years of service and recent medical issues, it is time for Vilo to retire. Thank you, Officer Vilo, for your service and for touching the lives of those you met.
Here are his handler, Officer Lutz's words:
Over 9 years ago, I took an assignment as K-9 Handler. I was paired with an 11 month old German shepherd that was imported from the Czech Republic and that's all I knew. I didn't know what to expect. After training along side Vilo for several months, and having a lot of tough but at the same time, funny and memorable times, we were ready for whoever and whatever would happen. I could go on for hours about what Vilo has done in 9 years. In the first few months, Vilo successfully tracked and located an armed robbery suspect in a wooded area. Throughout the years, he has located dozens of criminals, and alot of drugs. We did hundreds of demonstrations for groups of people from kindergarten to adults and we enjoyed it as much as they did. Vilo always took his job seriously and was always excited to go to work. Vilo has protected me for 9 years and I've witnessed him change the minds of grown men who had other plans in mind. You would never imagine how a dog could actually have that affect on people. Haha. Vilo was born to be Police Dog and he always gave 110%. As the years went on, I knew that at some point he would have to retire but always dreaded that day. I had planned on Vilo retiring at some point in August or September 2017 and some of you already know that Vilo has been diagnosed with cancer. Today was Vilo's official retirement day. It's going to be different for both of us but I've tried to ease us both into it for the last 6 months. In a few weeks he will be even busier at home while I'm at work. I want to thank Chief Joe Beachem who was my Chief at Tyrone Borough Police Dept. It was his idea to get a dog for the Police Dept and for allowing Vilo to bite you every time you would reach for his kong. Haha. I want to thank all the Officers I've worked with directly at Tyrone and Logan Township. I want to thank Operation Our Town for funding the purchase of Vilo. I want to thank all of the other handlers that I've trained with throughout the years. And lastly, I would like to apologize and say thank you to our trainer, Jim Walstrom, for the last 9 years. Haha. The pic attached is the first time Vilo and I met. We both looked a lot younger.