|Death: ||Dec. 31, 2007|
Stryker was a 6½ year old Belgian Malinois shepherd and the Oceanside Police Department's most experienced K-9 police dog. On the evening of December 31, 2007, Officer Kedrick Sadler was patrolling with Stryker when he witnessed a traffic accident near Benet Road and State Route 76, California. The driver headed south on Interstate 5 in his GMC pickup with Sadler, Carlsbad Police and Highway Patrol officers in pursuit. Less than an hour later, the motorist exited I-5 at Hwy-75 San Diego, onto the Coronado Bridge and got out of the truck mid-span. Sadler released Stryker at the drunken-driving suspect whom Stryker knocked down on the bridge concrete barrier. The suspect picked up the 75-pound dog and leapt over the concrete barricade into San Diego Bay. The suspect survived the 200-foot leap but Stryker was killed in the fall while performing in the line of duty. The suspect was charged with evading arrest, drunken driving and the death of an Oceanside police dog. Stryker was the first Oceanside police dog killed in the line of duty and joins two fellow human officers that lost their lives in such service since 2003. In his honor, people left flowers for Stryker at the Oceanside Police Department memorial for officers who have died in the line of duty. In tribute to Stryker, a memorial service was held on the 11 Area parade field at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton California, January 14, 2008. Along with many law enforcement departments throughout the state with their fellow K-9 officers, hundreds of people attended in support of a fallen hero.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Ashes given to Stryker's partner Officer Sadler.
Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Jan 03, 2008
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