Duke, a Belgian Malanios, entered the Criminal Interdiction Unit on November 2, 1998. He has helped seize drugs valued at $4,011,607; $9,952,128 in US Currency and one firearm seized/found while being used in the commission of a felony. During his time with CIP he was used in 29 area searches and helped with six captures/arrests.
Retired K-9 Duke passed away on Friday January 8th, 2010. Duke was fourteen years old and had lived well past the normal age for a Belgian Malinois. He was a spectacular work dog and served the State of Florida with dignity and honor. He will be greatly missed by his FHP family.
I am a Trooper in a canine crew.
I have been trained to see it through.
When danger is near my ears perk up.
They taught me that when I was a pup.
I am often there to protect your rights,
My presence sometimes hinders fights,
I never attack with thought to kill,
When subduing one, my job I fulfill.
I never worry a single thought,
As to how I will fare at a certain spot.
The love I have for a handler's care,
Is all I need, each day to fare.
And if some day my luck turns bad,
I will relish the joys I have ever had.
To be with men who stand for good,
In a special kind of "brotherhood."
The story's end by now you know,
Of how I tried for a better show,
When I was called and I gave my all.