DORAVILLE, Ga. - K-9 Officer Tryko of the Doraville Police Department had his final roll call on October 31, 2016.
K-9 Tryko is survived by his handler Lt. Jason Deyette, his K-9 brothers in service Bongo, Rudi, Bryan and the officers of Doraville Police Department.
Memorial and burial service will be conducted 2:00 p.m., Monday November 7, 2016 at Oak Rest Pet Gardens, 2691 Harbins Road, Dacula, GA 30620.
In April 2005, a jet-black German Shepherd was born in the Country of Hungary. Destined for a career in law enforcement, in 2006 K-9 Tryko came to the United States to become a “game changer” for the Doraville Police Department and the community he protected.
K-9 Officer Tryko was an outstanding asset to the department with his unquestionable ability, loyalty, determination, and skill.
As a young police dog, K-9 Tryko’s first handler was Officer Jeff Fields. After Officer Fields moved on from the Doraville Police Department to work with explosives detection K-9’s in Iraq, Lt. Deyette became K-9 Tryko’s new partner. The two lived, worked and cared for one another every day. K-9 Tryko was always ready and driven to make Lt. Deyette proud. “It has truly been one of the greatest honors of my life to have had the opportunity to work with Tryko." Lt. Deyette said, "He was exceptional in every way.”
Over the years K-9 Tryko worked to help many other agencies within Metro Atlanta and throughout the Southeast United States.
On April 1, 2016, K-9 Tryko and Lt. Deyette were called out to assist the U.S. Marshals Service in apprehending a wanted felon. During the apprehension, K-9 Tryko was stabbed in the mouth by the wanted felon. Even while suffering from a near fatal stabbing, K-9 Tryko refused to give up and the felon was apprehended. K-9 Tryko was rushed to Village Animal Clinic in Dunwoody, where doctors and staff gave live-saving emergency medical care. Because of his bravery he was awarded the prestigious American Kennel Club’s Paw of Courage Award on September 10, 2016.
After his full recovery from the stabbing, K-9 Tryko returned to the front lines and had another felony apprehension and several more drug seizures. Always proud, always serving, K-9 Tryko will be remembered forever and missed greatly by Lt. Jason Deyette and by the Doraville Police Department, and the community he served.