Brown Deer Police Department loses canine officer

Justis served the community for eight years

Justis, a Dutch Shepard, became a member of the Brown Deer Police Department in 2004.

Justis, a Dutch Shepard, became a member of the Brown Deer Police Department in 2004.

July 30, 2012

Brown Deer - Brown Deer Police Officer Brad Caddock was on duty on July 18 with his canine partner Justis when Justis unexpectedly passed way.

The news release from Brown Deer Police Department said the dog died of gastric torsion, a congenital disease that most often occurs in large breed dogs that moves quickly and can be fatal.

Justis, a Dutch Shepard born in Holland and trained at Southern Police K-9 Academy in North Carolina, became a member of the department Nov. 24, 2004.

"He was trained as a multipurpose canine fluent in narcotic detection, evidence retrieval, tracking and officer protection," said Caddock. In addition, the officer explained that Justis also worked and assisted many agencies in southeastern Wisconsin.

When Caddock became the canine officer, Justis moved in with him and his family and became very much a member of that family.

Sometimes after returning home, Caddock would be called back to duty.

"And as I was getting ready, Justis would leap up and as we headed for the door, he'd pull me all the way to the car," Caddock said. "He was ready to go because he knew we had a job to do and he loved doing his job."

Justis was to be a part of the department's "Night Out For Justice" on Tuesday appearing with Caddock.

This year, however, Caddock will be there but Justis ended his watch July 18. To honor his eight years of service, the department will have a short presentation at 7 p.m.

"There is a bond," Caddock said. "It's hard to explain but I knew he would always be there for me."

Rest in peace faithful partner.

- Maureen Mertens, NOW correspondent

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