Sheriff Mike Evans Regrets to Announce the Passing of K-9 Duke

December 31, 2012

Windsor and Duke 1Sheriff Mike Evans regrets to announce the passing of K-9 Duke.  K-9 Duke was an 11-year-old bloodhound that began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 2004.  K-9 Duke was donated by Wendy Zurenko of Port Republic.  Ms. Zurenko donated the rambunctious bloodhound because he was too much to handle.  K-9 Duke went on to complete his initial police service dog training for tracking and began a long career as the first Calvert County Sheriff’s Office bloodhound working dog.

K-9 Duke was primarily used for tracking and locating missing persons and children. The only thing K-9 Duke liked more than lots of attention from kids was finding them when they were lost.  He provided support to Project Lifesaver, a program that allows deputies to track lost Alzheimer’s disease and dementia patients.  K-9 Duke was also used to track criminals when needed.  K-9 Duke was a true ambassador for the Sheriff’s Office and was routinely seen at community functions and K-9 demonstrations.

K-9 Duke had one handler, Deputy First Class Joe Windsor.  No organization or person feels the loss of a working dog more than the handler and his family.  It is a bond only a few ever know.  Please keep Dfc. Windsor, his family and K-9 Duke in your thoughts during this difficult time.  As funds become available, Duke’s name will be placed on the “Fallen Working Dogs” memorial plaque at the Island Creek Canine Training Center.

“Duke’s service to the citizens of Calvert County will not be forgotten. Duke and Dfc. Windsor’s commitment to the safety and well-being of the public serve as an example for all to follow.”-Sheriff Mike Evans.

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11 Responses to Sheriff Mike Evans Regrets to Announce the Passing of K-9 Duke

  1. Anonymous on December 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    So sad. RIP, Duke, you’ll be playing at Rainbow Bridge now, with many other of our four legged friends.

  2. Adele on December 31, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I love these dogs who give thier lives to help us humans. They are amazing with so much love. Swift trip to heaven Mr Duke!

  3. amelia on December 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I know your pain and I am sorry for the loss of k-9 Duke…, just remember all dogs go to “Heaven”♥

  4. lynn on December 31, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    RIP Duke!

  5. roxy on January 1, 2013 at 12:41 am

    He was a good boy on earth, and now a good boy on the other side, plenty of cookie bones, rawhide, & other doggies to run around with.

  6. stew on January 1, 2013 at 12:45 am

    RIP DUKE! you done good!!

  7. c ward on January 1, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Animals fill our hearts while they are here and leave a major hole in our heats when they leave. RIP Duke. I am sure there are a lot of animals waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.

  8. Amanda on January 2, 2013 at 11:00 am

    RIP Duke! You will have a beautiful set of wings waiting for you at the gate! <3

  9. Peggy T. Williams on January 3, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    So sorry to learn that Duke has passed away! He served our county dutifully for many years! He has been a “Hero” to us all! My love and sympathy goes out to Dfc Joe Windsor and all his family..you filled Duke’s life with love and care and I know he will be in your hearts always! RIP Duke…Your’s was a job well done!

  10. Anonymous on January 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    RIP K9 Duke, so sorry for your loss Dfc. Windsor and family. You can’t help but to view them as a member of your family, working dog or not.

  11. Richard "Dick" Fierstein on January 12, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I have know Dfc. Windsor from my Years as Security Supt. at CMH and feel Great regret from His and His family and The Citizens of Calvert County’s Great loss of Deputy K9 Duke…God Bless all of Our Deputies and their familys…RIP Deputy Duke…