LaPorte Police mourn beloved K9 Rambo’s End of Watch

trusted tablets March 21 press release from LaPorte Police Department:

It is with profound sadness that the LaPorte Police Department announces the passing of Police Service Dog Rambo “Bo” on Friday, March 15, 2019, after a courageous battle with lymphoma cancer. Rambo served the department for 5 years as a dual-purpose narcotics and patrol utility canine.

Rambo, a German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix, was born in Belgium in 2012. He was acquired by the department in 2013 from Shallow Creek Kennels in Pennsylvania, and was assigned to handler LaPorte Police Specialist Matt Drangmeister. The duo trained with Midwest K9 and was certified through the National Association of Professional Canine Handlers and hit the streets of LaPorte in late December 2013.

Officers Matt Drangmeister and Rambo check New Prairie High School for illegal drugs in 2017.

During Rambo’s law enforcement career he completed 446 vehicle free-air sniffs, resulting in 88 drug arrests. He also had 9 criminal apprehensions and recovered both discarded stolen property and evidence on several occasions.

The LaPorte Police Department would like to thank the community for the generous outpouring of love and support shown to Rambo during his lifetime, along with their support for the department’s K9 Program.

We’d also like to acknowledge the following for the exceptional care and generosity extended to Rambo and all of our K9s on a continuing basis:

  • New Prairie Small Animal Clinic – Rolling Prairie
  • Pet Supplies Plus – LaPorte
  • Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital – West Lafayette
  • Mr. Bob Stowell, President and CEO of Aero Metals – LaPorte

Lastly, but most importantly, we thank Specialist Matt Drangmeister and his wife, Patty, for providing Rambo a devoted and loving home.


order now WNLP EDITOR’S NOTE: Here’s a story we posted just last July about Rambo and his excellent adventures:

The LaPorte Police Department K-9 Division has a little story to tell about Rambo’s full day on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 — and the day wasn’t even over yet:

“Rambo had a busy day today. Started the morning off by assisting with apprehending a burglary suspect on the west side of town, followed by finding a stolen and ditched cell phone for a victim.

“The suspect of the burglary ran from police earlier in the morning but decided to cooperate after seeing and hearing Rambo. The suspect laid down on the ground and was taken into custody without further incident.

“The cellphone was stolen from a female victim. The suspect walked away and hid the phone on a car trailer after seeing police respond. Rambo was instructed to find the phone. He searched the area and found the phone by following the fresh scent of human scent. The suspect was then arrested for theft.”

cheap generic viagra mail order pharmacy FROM WNLP: Rest in Peace, Rambo. Thank you for your service.

4 Responses to “LaPorte Police mourn beloved K9 Rambo’s End of Watch”

  1. Mike Kellems

    Mar 20. 2019

    Matt~ I can’t imagine the difficulty in losing a partner as hard working and loyal as Rambo. My deepest sympathies to you and your family on the passing of Rambo… a true public servant.

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  2. Mari

    Mar 22. 2019

    What a beautiful dog, and friend, an partner!!! I am so sorry for your loss, and may Rambo rest in peace. You and your family have my deepest sympathies.

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  3. John Gaza

    Mar 30. 2019

    Rambo was no dummy, LaPorte’s great loss for sure and ofc D’s as well. RIP Bo, you have all the tennis balls you can handle now.

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  4. Bob Valentine

    Apr 05. 2019

    So sorry for your lost. I was a K-9 officer for seven years before retiring in 2015. My dog retired with me and lived until February of 2018. The loss is still with me every day. My prayers are with the handler and his family. May you all find peace in knowing what a wonderful life you gave to Rambo.

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