K9 Oldo joined the department May 6, 2007 and had a great career until he had to retire in March 2011 due to injuries suffered on a call. During his career he was utilized 647 times, with 177 of them being narcotics. K9 Oldo found drugs on 125 of the 135 sniffs that he indicated on. Oldo also had a way of convincing bad guys to give up. Whether is was his crazy gold eyes or his scary growl he could be pretty intimidating.
K9 Oldo was recognized at both the state and national level several times for his abilities in both narcotics and patrol related calls. His awards include:
2007 CPCA Challenge finished 4th place in narcotics detection.
2007 NPCA Regional patrol case of the second quarter.
2007 NPCA Regional narcotics case of the second quarter.
2007 NPCA Runner up patrol case of the year.
2010 NPCA Regional patrol case of the third quarter.
2010 American Red Cross Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
2010 NPCA Runner up patrol case of the year.
2010 NPCA Medal of Valor.
Of course all of the recognition and accomplishments of Oldo would not be possible without the dedication of his handler, Ofc. Geraldine Earthman.
“Oldo was an exceptional police dog, but his accomplishments are really a tribute to the expertise, skill, and professionalism of Officer Earthman, who is recognized throughout the region as a leader in the field of K9 training,” Police Chief John Camper said.
Ofc. Earthman has and continues to spend countless hours training police dogs, not only with our department, but also coordinating with other handlers across the state to ensure these animals perform well when officers need them the most. We are grateful for her service to our department and community.
RIP K9 Oldo. End of watch May 27, 2014.