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Officer, K-9 Partner

Long Beach K-9 Officers Association
P. O. Box 17366
Long Beach, California 90807
United States

Company Description: The Long Beach K-9 Officers Association is a non-profit organization which was established by members of the community with the goal of promoting and supporting the...   more
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Employment History

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Long Beach K-9 Officers Association
www.lbk9oa.org, 29 Mar 2014 [cached]
Officer Mike Parcells and K-9 Partner Boaz
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www.petmemorialcards.com, 1 Jan 2005 [cached]
Partner: Officer Mike Parcells Long Beach Police Department 400 W. Broadway Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 435.6711
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Mail cards to: Officer Mike Parcells - Long Beach Canines Officers Association - P.O. Box 17366, Long Beach, CA 90807
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n Oct. 3, Mike Parcells, Ranger's handler, and other officers were trying to flush out a parolee hiding under a porch. The suspect apparently shot as he saw Ranger pass in the light. "I know that one of us would have gotten shot that night," Parcells said, choking back tears. "I don't think he saw the dog. I can almost guarantee he didn't see the dog. A news camera recorded Parcells cradling the mortally wounded Ranger as he arrived at an animal hospital.
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For Ranger's partner, 11-year veteran Officer Michael Parcells, the canine's death Monday is especially hard. Barry, Parcells' former four-legged partner, who retired last year, died in May. Parcells, who grew up in Cypress, is a decorated officer who has received various awards and has been working with canines for several years.
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Five weeks after Long Beach K-9 Officer Mike Parcells watched Ranger be fatally wounded in a police shootout with an armed suspect, the veteran officer is bonding with his new dog, Knight, a German-born, 70-pound beast with an 1,800-pound-per-square-inch bite and an uncanny ability to track down hiding criminals. "He's a hunter, and strong, probably one of the strongest police dogs we've ever had on the force, but he's still got a lot to learn," Parcells said of Knight, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois.
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Still, despite Parcells' sense of loss, he's thankful that Ranger's death likely spared the life of a fellow human officer. 'As hard as it is to go through this, I would rather lose my K-9 partner than one of my human partners," Parcells said shortly after the dog's death on Oct. 3.
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"Knight's making it easier for us, especially my little (children), who really bonded with Ranger and didn't understand when he was suddenly gone," said Parcells.
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Parcells and the other trainers are honing those skills now, teaching Knight to bark loudly when he hits his mark, and if a suspect moves, sink his sharp canine teeth into the perpetrator's arm or leg. "Biting is their reward for a successful find," Parcells explains. "They live for that. Parcells also plans to cross-train Knight for narcotics detection work, something Ranger never did. While the eight officers who comprise the K-9 unit are moving forward since Ranger and Drago's unexpected deaths, the transition hasn't been without its difficulties. Seasoning needed First, while Knight is bigger and more powerful than Ranger, he's not street-tested, and it may take up to a year on the job before Parcells knows he can fully trust him and his detection abilities. Then there are the memories. Parcells family has dozens of pictures, sketches and even a large painted portrait of Ranger around their home. Last week, an Orange County tattoo artist who read about Ranger's death needled a life-like portrait of the canine cop onto Parcells calf muscle. The two will be together forever. "Dogs are trustworthy to the point of flawlessness," Parcells said.
Long Beach K-9 Officers Association
www.lbk9oa.org, 9 Nov 2010 [cached]
Officer Mike Parcells and K-9 Boaz
Officer Michael ...
www.presstelegram.com, 23 June 2009 [cached]
Officer Michael Parcells
Celebrating his birthday, Wyatt Sosenko, ...
www.sgvtribune.com, 9 April 2010 [cached]
Celebrating his birthday, Wyatt Sosenko, 4, shows Long Beach Police Department K9 officer Mike Parcells his Star Wars helmet at Claim Jumper in Long Beach on Thursday.
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