On 12/31/19, we had the misfortune to lose one of our own. Deputy K9 Niki was involved in an injury accident with her handler and did not survive her injuries. Capt Casey McCoy and our department had to lay her to rest on Monday 01/06/20. Four of our more seasoned telecommunicators worked this incident. They went above and beyond getting not only the normal responders to the scene but also tracking down vets for Niki. They grieved and had to process the loss of a co-worker while still doing the job as the ultimate professionals that they are. They make me proud to call them first responders even if we are still working on getting that title made official.