KINGMAN – Amigo, the Kingman Police Department K-9 who suffered a severe case of heat exhaustion while on the job Wednesday, died Saturday morning.
KPD was offering frequent updates on Amigo, and reported earlier Saturday that the Belgian Malinois was showing signs of improvement and was going to undergo tests. Instead, KPD reports, Amigo “suffered a sudden medical event and passed away at approximately 10:30 a.m.”
Upon news of his passing, officers and staff went to Las Vegas to bring Amigo home to rest. Amigo’s body was escorted by the Kingman Police Department to Cerbat Cliffs Animal Hospital where he will remain until laid to rest.
In accordance with national protocol in a K9 Line of Duty Death, the department will host a memorial service next week with details to follow.
K-9 Amigo passed away as a result of heat exhaustion he suffered while tracking two injured hikers by White Cliffs in response to a 911 call on Wednesday. The two hikers were rescued and transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.
Amigo was immediately taken to a local veterinary clinic when he began showing signs of heat exhaustion. Amigo was transferred to the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care in Las Vegas later that evening for advanced care. From there he seemed to be slowly improving before his sudden death.
“This is a very sad occasion,” Chief Bob DeVries said. “The bond between our handlers and their dogs is very strong and the officer is devastated by the loss. While they are working dogs, these animals also become a close and important part of the individual police officer’s family as well as the rest of the KPD family. Clearly, we have lost one of our own.”
Amigo, a male who was 3½ years old, had served with the Kingman Police Department for one year. Amigo was certified in narcotics detection, tracking, and handler protection. Amigo is credited with numerous narcotics seizures to include 50 kilos of cocaine earlier this year in February.
The Kingman Police Department thanked the community for the support and asked that you keep Amigo, his partner Adam Simonsen and his family, and the KPD family in your thoughts.