Retired LaPorte County police dog Marko passes away 

Sheriff’s office press release

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office is saddened to  announce that retired K9 Marko has passed away at the age of 12.  Marko, a German shepherd, was born in November of 2006 and acquired by the Sheriff’s Office in 2008.  He was partnered with Sheriff’s Deputy Dallas Smythe from April 2008 until the time of his retirement on Dec. 31, 2017. He retired after 10 years of service and upon his retirement was able to become a permanent member of his handler’s home and family. At the time of his death he was suffering from cancer.

Marko was certified in narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension and during his service to the Sheriff’s Office was successful in numerous felony apprehensions and tracking, as well as the discovery of large amounts of narcotics. Sheriff John Boyd said, “Marko and K9 handler Dallas Smythe were the true definition of a team and could always be relied upon. Members of the Sheriff’s Office have many fond memories of Marko and he will be greatly missed. There is no question that Marko prevented a number of potential injuries to our deputies by merely deescalating a hostile suspect with his presence. In addition, on several occasions he placed himself in harm’s way in order to protect the deputies with whom he served. We will be forever grateful of his service.”

The Sheriff’s Office is currently served by four K9s and their handlers: Jager and his partner, Deputy Andrew Morse; Hokie and his handler, Deputy Andrew Hahn; Argo and his handler, Deputy Bobby Greer; and Bosco and his handler, Deputy Jonathon Samuelson.  Bosco, Hokie and Jager are certified in narcotics detection, apprehension and tracking and Argo is certified in explosives detection and apprehension and tracking.

4 Responses to “Retired LaPorte County police dog Marko passes away ”

  1. Mari

    Nov 14. 2018

    I am so sorry to the Smythe family for the loss of there best friend and family member. RIP Marko. And a job well done!!!!!

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  2. Judge Roy Bean

    Nov 14. 2018

    Very sad. Thank you for all you’ve done Marco. RIP.

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  3. Marianne

    Nov 26. 2018

    I’m pleased to see this soul and his life remembered here.
    These animals are So special! 👮🏼‍♂️🐕

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  4. Pam Miller

    Nov 26. 2018

    Rest in peace Marko. You have served mankind well and have brought love to your family who cherish you and will hold you forever in their hearts! God bless you all.

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