The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of its second K-9 in two months after a dog named Jimmy died unexpectedly Saturday, sheriff’s spokesman Toni Botti said.
Jimmy was relaxing on his day off when he suddenly died, Botti said. The dog was taken to Sierra View Animal Hospital, where staff members discovered he had developed a condition known as twisting stomach of the intestines.
Jimmy was an 8-year-old German shepherd that joined the Sheriff’s Office in October 2010. He was partnered with Deputy Ericka Rascon.
Rascon posted on her Facebook page kind words of her time with Jimmy: “You were loyal and dependable until the very end!! Thank you Jimmy for being such a huge part of my life.”
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Jimmy assisted with the SWAT team, helped find many missing people and saved the lives of several deputies, Botti said. He noted one case in 2014, when deputies were searching an orchard for a gunman when Jimmy led Rascon in a different direction, then alerted deputies that the suspect was in a tree. The man was pointing a rifle at them. Deputies shot the gunman before he could ambush them.
In a tribute on its website, the Sheriff’s Office said Jimmy enjoyed swimming, eating french fries and lived by the motto “Born to love, trained to serve, loyal until the end.”
A memorial service for Jimmy will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association headquarters, 1360 Van Ness Ave. in downtown Fresno. The public can attend.
On May 31, the Sheriff’s Office lost K-9 Sony, a 9-year-old German shepherd, who died of the same condition as Jimmy.