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Officer

Phone: (623) ***-****  HQ Phone
Avondale Police Department
11485 W. Civic Center Drive
Avondale, Arizona 85323
United States

 
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memorial2001
www.petmemorialcards.com, 8 Jan 2011 [cached]
Handler: Officer Tony Fernandez Avondale Police Department 11485 W. Civic Center Dr. Avondale, AZ 85003 PH: (602) 876-0322 ‎
Retired Avondale police dog dies Avondale police said the canine officer had been with the department since January 2004. The Avondale Police Department's oldest K-9, who was honored last week during a retirement ceremony, has died. Doerak, a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois, had to be put down suddenly on the morning after the Jan. 26 ceremony because the dog's valley fever had spread too much, said Officer Tony Fernandez, Doerak's handler. The dog, who also had arthritis, had been on multiple medications. "He was looking good on Wednesday and he had a vet appointment on Thursday and apparently the valley fever was really bad into his bones," Fernandez told The Republic Wednesday. "He was in a lot of pain and would continue to be in a lot of pain. . . . So the quality of life for him would have been not good at all. Doerak had beaten valley fever a few years ago, but it came back in the last six months, Fernandez said. He stayed with Doerak while the veterinarian put him down. "It was kind of rough for me, especially when they took the collar off and handed it to me," he said. "You walk in with your partner, then you walk out with just a collar. That was the hardest part." Fernandez said Doerak was a "tough dog. Doerak joined the Avondale Police Department in January 2004. Over the years, he earned certification in narcotics and patrol, drug detection, SWAT interaction, urban tracking and officer survival. He placed in the top three in team and individual events at the Desert Dogs K-9 trials in 2005, 2007 and 2010. He also played a key role in several investigations, including a drug seizure that netted $100,000. Doerak was taken out of service in August once the department purchased Ranger, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, to replace him and Fernandez began training with the new dog, police spokesman Reuben Gonzales said. Doerak officially retired last week. "He had a good career," Fernandez said. "I think he did what he enjoyed doing and he was really good at it. "Doerak will be missed by his police family at the Avondale Police Department and his immediate family, the Fernandez family, who cared for him during his seven years as a certified police K-9," Gonzales said in a statement released Wednesday. Doerak had lived with Fernandez and his wife, 16-year-old daughter, and 10- and 12-year-old sons. Fernandez paid the department $1 for the dog and signed a waiver releasing all liability. He and his family will remember Doerak for "his eyes" and the "way he liked to play around. The dog often gnawed on Fernandez's boot while lying next to him, played ball in the backyard with his sons, and did tricks with his daughter. "The hardest part is you keep on looking outside at the kennel thinking he'd be there because every day for the last seven years he's always been out there," he said.
Tacdogs: Testimonials
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TONY FERNANDEZ: AVONDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT, AZ
Avondale AZ.
www.avondale.org, 21 April 2005 [cached]
Avondale K-9 police officer Tony Fernandez and his four-legged companion, Doerak, won three awards at the Third Annual Desert Dog Regional Police K-9 trials, hosted by the City of Scottsdale on April 16 & 17 at the Scottsdale Municipal Stadium.
Fernandez, a nine-year veteran of the Avondale Police Department, and Doerak competed among 60 K-9 teams from Boston to California in a series of events that included Handler Protection, Tactical Building Search, Agility/Obstacle Course, Area Search and Narcotics and Explosives Search.Officer Fernandez and Doerak won 1st place in Narcotics Detection, 3rd place in team competition, and 6th place in Area Search.
"Officer Fernandez and Doerak helped put Avondale on the map in this competition.
Doerak, a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois, ...
tucsoncitizen.com, 2 Feb 2011 [cached]
Doerak, a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois, had to be put down suddenly on the morning after the Jan. 26 ceremony because the dog's valley fever had spread too much, said Officer Tony Fernandez, Doerak's handler.
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"He was looking good on Wednesday and he had a vet appointment on Thursday and apparently the valley fever was really bad into his bones," Fernandez told The Republic Wednesday. "He was in a lot of pain and would continue to be in a lot of pain. . . . So the quality of life for him would have been not good at all."
Doerak had beaten valley fever a few years ago, but it came back in the last six months, Fernandez said. He stayed with Doerak while the veterinarian put him down.
"It was kind of rough for me, especially when they took the collar off and handed it to me," he said. "You walk in with your partner, then you walk out with just a collar. That was the hardest part."
Fernandez said Doerak was a "tough dog."
Doerak joined the Avondale Police Department in January 2004. Over the years, he earned certification in narcotics and patrol, drug detection, SWAT interaction, urban tracking and officer survival.
He placed in the top three in team and individual events at the Desert Dogs K-9 trials in 2005, 2007 and 2010.
He also played a key role in several investigations, including a drug seizure that netted $100,000.
Doerak was taken out of service in August once the department purchased Ranger, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, to replace him and Fernandez began training with the new dog, police spokesman Reuben Gonzales said.
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"He had a good career," Fernandez said.
...
Doerak had lived with Fernandez and his wife, 16-year-old daughter, and 10- and 12-year-old sons. Fernandez paid the department $1 for the dog and signed a waiver releasing all liability.
He and his family will remember Doerak for "his eyes" and the "way he liked to play around. The dog often gnawed on Fernandez's boot while lying next to him, played ball in the backyard with his sons, and did tricks with his daughter.
"The hardest part is you keep on looking outside at the kennel thinking he'd be there because every day for the last seven years he's always been out there," he said.
Doerak, a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois, ...
www.azcentral.com, 1 Jan 2011 [cached]
Doerak, a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois, had to be put down suddenly on the morning after the Jan. 26 ceremony because the dog's valley fever had spread too much, said Officer Tony Fernandez, Doerak's handler.
...
"He was looking good on Wednesday and he had a vet appointment on Thursday and apparently the valley fever was really bad into his bones," Fernandez told The Republic Wednesday. "He was in a lot of pain and would continue to be in a lot of pain. . . . So the quality of life for him would have been not good at all."
Doerak had beaten valley fever a few years ago, but it came back in the last six months, Fernandez said. He stayed with Doerak while the veterinarian put him down.
"It was kind of rough for me, especially when they took the collar off and handed it to me," he said. "You walk in with your partner, then you walk out with just a collar. That was the hardest part."
Fernandez said Doerak was a "tough dog."
Doerak joined the Avondale Police Department in January 2004. Over the years, he earned certification in narcotics and patrol, drug detection, SWAT interaction, urban tracking and officer survival.
He placed in the top three in team and individual events at the Desert Dogs K-9 trials in 2005, 2007 and 2010.
He also played a key role in several investigations, including a drug seizure that netted $100,000.
Doerak was taken out of service in August once the department purchased Ranger, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, to replace him and Fernandez began training with the new dog, police spokesman Reuben Gonzales said.
...
"He had a good career," Fernandez said.
...
Doerak had lived with Fernandez and his wife, 16-year-old daughter, and 10- and 12-year-old sons. Fernandez paid the department $1 for the dog and signed a waiver releasing all liability.
He and his family will remember Doerak for "his eyes" and the "way he liked to play around. The dog often gnawed on Fernandez's boot while lying next to him, played ball in the backyard with his sons, and did tricks with his daughter.
"The hardest part is you keep on looking outside at the kennel thinking he'd be there because every day for the last seven years he's always been out there," he said.
...
Avondale police Officer Tony Fernandez talks during a retirement ceremony Jan. 26, 2011 to honor the service and achievements of police K-9 Doerak, a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois.
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