|Death: ||Jan. 23, 2014|
North Carolina, USA
"In life, the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend,
Whose honest heart is still his master's own,
Who labors, fights, lives, breathes for him alone." ~ Lord Byron, English Poet
Davie County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina
Authorities say Nicholas Tilley, a 19-year-old man, killed a police dog during a two-hour standoff Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in Mocksville, Davie County, North Carolina. Investigators said the standoff began that afternoon, when Deputy Sheriff Chris Fleming, 27, went to arrest Tilley in Mocksville. Tilley was wanted on charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, and burglary charges in connection with a reported home invasion. Deputies said Tilley took a child hostage Wednesday around 4 pm and drove to a mobile home, where he took a second child hostage. Authorities said after Tilley released his hostages, the police dog and his handler, Deputy Chris Fleming, went inside. Tilley then started firing, hitting the dog several times. Tilley fired three shots, Sheriff Andy Stokes said Thursday, and then Sheriff Stokes returned two shots down a hallway as cover. Stokes fired one more shot through a glass window, which accidentally hit Deputy Flemming in his shoulder. Investigators said Fleming is expected to recover, but his dog, a Russian Shepherd named Gorky, died the following day. Tilley surrendered a few hours after the ambush began. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder on a law enforcement officer and felony assault on a law-enforcement animal. Tilley is being held under a $1.8 million bond.
Gorky passed away from his wounds Thursday, January 23, 2014.
I Gave My All
I am a deputy 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 attach 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 my 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.
~ Author Unknown ~
With much love and appreciation to Elsie, a sweet animal loving friend, for her generous sponsorship gift of Deputy Gorky's memorial. Thank you so much! ❤❤
Created by: sniksnak
Record added: Feb 02, 2014
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