With great sadness, Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports the untimely passing of K-9 Officer Myk . Myk was born in Germany on April 26, 2010 and later imported to the United States of America by Steinig-Tal Kennels. Because of the diligent work of our citizen canine committee and generous donations from the community, Myk became a sworn, full-time member of the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office in July of 2012.
Myk attended police canine training at Steinig-Tal Kennel in Campbellsport, WI attaining Dual Purpose K9 certification by Instructor/Owner Larry Filo. Myk served the citizens of Vernon County with two handlers, Deputy Adam Malin until 2016 and current handler, Deputy Mark Bellacero. Myk participated in tracking, search and rescue, detected countless amounts of illegal substances, and aided in criminal apprehension and officer protection. Myk was known for greeting fellow officers and loved all the attention he truly deserved.
Myk worked his final patrol shift Friday, November 27, 2020, at the age of ten years and seven months, with his partner Deputy Mark Bellacero at his side. Myk was just recently diagnosed with having cancer and suddenly passed away in his sleep on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at home with Deputy Bellacero at his side. To honor Myk’s service and dedication, a memorial service, with law enforcement honors, was held virtually at the sheriff’s office on Wednesday, December 16th, at 3:00 PM.
Sheriff Spears remains committed in continuing the K-9 program so Myk’s legacy will live on. We extend our sympathy to Deputy Bellacero and his family, fellow officers, and all those who dearly loved Myk. May he rest in peace.
John B. Spears
We are releasing this video beautifully produced by Linzi, DuWayne, and Chelsea Gronning; Hunter Pedretti; and De Soto Area Schools. We would also like to thank WKBT News Channel 8 for the additional video footage from Jordan Fremstad's excellent coverage of K-9 Myk's memorial service.
HELP SUPPORT OUR K-9 UNIT
Provided health care for Myk
Provided dog food for Myk
The 8th Annual 5-K-9 Run/Walk has been cancelled for the safety of the public due to COVID-19. For more information, click here.
If you would like to donate to the K-9 Unit, you can mail or drop off your donation at the Vernon County Sheriff's Office. Checks should be made out to the Vernon County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit.
WHY IMPLEMENT A K-9 PROGRAM
The K-9's extraordinary ability in smell, agility, courage, and determination are recognized both nationally and internationally.
The Sheriff's dog would be cross-trained in the ability to:
- Track to find lost children and missing adults due to medical issues.
- Perform public relations between the police and community.
- Provide appearances and demonstrations at various community functions.
- Be a highly visible deterrent to criminal activity.
- Track and apprehend criminals for prosecution of their crimes.
- Locate illegal drugs.
- Reduce the hours needed to search buildings, to locate illegal drugs, and to find people in distress.
LETTER FROM SHERIFF SPEARS
It is with great enthusiasm that I ask for your support of the Vernon County K-9 Unit Program.
The benefits of a local K-9 unit to our community vary from searching for missing persons to searching for drugs, as well as public relations, arrests, and officer safety and protection, and educating our children.
As Sheriff, it is my hope that with your help, the community can provide support from local citizens and businesses with monetary donations for maintenance and annual costs for the K9 unit.
I would ask that each of you join me in taking the lead on this very important cause and make a donation or offer support to keep Vernon County a safe place to live, grow, and visit.
John B. Spears, Sheriff