Over the past few months, stories have been featured on the city website; in Insight, the city newsletter; on Facebook and various neighborhood communication networks about valiant Doraville Police Department (DPD) K-9 officer Tryko. It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Tryko on Monday, October 31.

As many of you may recall, K-9 Tryko was injured in April in an heroic effort to help capture a criminal suspect. He was stabbed in the mouth as he moved in to apprehend the criminal. Despite sustaining a number of punctures and lacerations to his tongue and mouth, Tryko rejoined his handler, DPD Lt. Jason Deyette, to active service about four weeks after the incident.

The very week he returned to active duty, he actually apprehended a violent felon who had fled from officers. He also participated in a number of drug seizures after returning to full duty.

Tryko worked until late August when spinal and neurological issues caused by more than a decade of training and hard work finally began affecting his ability to work to the high level his spirit and drive still desired.

Further setbacks developed and after consulting with veterinarian specialists, all involved made the decision that Tryko be euthanized. A memorial service will be planned.

“I have had the privilege of working with many K-9s from federal, state, and local agency K-9 corps from the southeastern United States and K-9 Tryko was always one of the best I had worked with,” recalls Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman.  “He will be missed by this agency.”

A member of the DPD for 10+ years, K-9 Tryko had a prolific track record during his career.  He assisted almost every single federal, state, and local law enforcement agency in metro Atlanta (including DEA, FBI, ICE, US Marshal’s Service, GBI, Chamblee, Dunwoody, DeKalb, Norcross, Atlanta, Sandy Springs); helped with approximately 600 drug seizures of varying amounts; and assisted with approximately 700 apprehensions, of which about 70 percent were felony apprehensions. He played an important role in several currency seizures--totaling approximately 1 million dollars--and participated in over 75 public K-9 demos. 

A few months ago, Tryko received the American Kennel Club’s Paw of Courage Award for injuries sustained in the line of duty.

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