Jaeger
Jaeger

ADA — Last week Ada lost their favorite K9 Officer, Jaeger. Jaeger was hit and killed by a car at his home where he resided when he was off duty with Sergeant Matt Purdy and his family. The accident has broken the hearts of the entire police force as well as anyone who ever met the energetic dog.

While Jaeger was the first K9 to join the Ada Police Department, his work and commitment to his community ensures he will be remembered as one of the best. According to Chief of Police Michael Harnishfeger, Jaeger’s work as a drug detection dog removed a large amount of drugs, including heroin off the streets of Ada and Hardin County. Numerous situations arose where Jaeger was able to assist his handler and other officers in successfully tracking suspects. Additionally, he was utilized to help strengthen the bond between the police department and the community. Jaeger attended most of the “Coffee with a Cop” events and was often see throughout the halls of Ada Elementary and High School. People of all ages- kindergarteners and nursing home residents- all loved Jaeger.

Jaegers journey with the Ada Police Department began in late 2015. In February of 2016, Sgt Purdy and Jaeger were certified as an Ohio Peace Officer K9 Team. They were then recognized together as Employee of the Year for 2016. According to Roger Bice, K9 trainer from Shawnee Run Kennels, Jaeger is one of the finest narcotics K9 that he has observed in recent times. Chief Harnishfeger said, “Jaeger assisted the department in making Ada safer.”

Sergeant Purdy and Jaeger were together constantly. While visiting a third grade class, Officer Purdy said the number one most important thing between a K9 and his handler is trust. The dog has to trust the officer and the officer has to do the same. It was always clear that a friendship had formed between the two officers- man and dog- that went way beyond the call of duty. Officer Purdy said “for the short time he was my partner, he was great. Jaeger was top notch both on and off duty, and I am very proud of him for all he did.”