INNISFAIL – It was Oct. 19, 1969 when Calgary police dog Pharoh made the ultimate sacrifice.
He and his handler Const. Herb Craig were tracking a suspect, taking them to a downtown rooftop.
It was there when Pharoh fell through a fire escape to his death.
Somehow, the incident was never documented by the service.
It wasn’t until the now-retired Craig visited the Calgary police canine kennels nearly a year ago that the service was even aware of his partner’s death.
He brought up Pharoh, noting that he wasn’t on the plaque dedicated to the other two Calgary police dogs who died in the line of duty — Gino and Sirk.
A year long archival search was launched by members to confirm Craig’s claims.
Wednesday, Pharoh was honoured with a plaque at the National Police Service Dog Memorial at the RCMP dog training facility just south of Innisfail.
A statue honouring fallen Police Service Dogs is shown in Innisfail, AB, north of Calgary on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre. Jim Wells/Postmedia
“It took an awfully long time,” said an emotional Craig, of the rightful recognition for Pharoh.
“Pharoh was an awesome dog. He always had my back. I felt very proud to be a K9 officer, and I felt quite devastated when I learned how he passed away.”
When asked to describe the fateful night he lost his partner, Craig admitted he couldn’t get through reliving what happened without choking up.
Retired Calgary Police Service member Herb Craig shows emotion in Innisfail, AB, north of Calgary on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 during a service at the RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre. His former dog Pharaoh died in the line of duty and was honoured 49 years later. Jim Wells/Postmedia
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Source:: Calgary Herald