News Release, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

K9 Brock was remembered and honored at the Second Annual Police K9 Memorial Service, held in Washington D.C. on Saturday, May 11, 2019. K9 Brock, a four-year-old German Shepherd, died on Jan. 18, 2018 after suffering from injuries during a training accident.

His handler, Cpl. William Rishel, and members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit attended the ceremony to honor Brock. 

Cpl. William Rishel, Sgt. Todd Fleenor, DFC Lacey Smith and Capt. Steven Hall 

On January 18, 2018, K-9 Brock was serving alongside his partner and handler Corporal William Rishel, on a training exercise with police recruits at the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy. During the training, K-9 Brock and Cpl. Rishel were traversing a metal staircase when K-9 Brock’s foot/leg slipped through an open grate.

As a result, his leg was severely injured. K-9 Brock was immediately transported to a veterinarian hospital for evaluation and treatment. After evaluation and consultation with veterinarian staff, K-9 supervision, and the handler, it was determined no option provided K-9 Brock the quality of life this hardworking, noble animal deserved; as a result, K-9 Brock was humanely euthanized.

Sheriff K-9 Brock was a four year old German Shepherd certified and cross-trained in Patrol functions as well as Narcotics Detection. K-9 Brock faithfully served the citizens of St. Mary’s County for three years, and resided with his partner Cpl. Rishel for the duration of his time with the Sheriff’s Office. During K-9 Brock’s time on the force, he provided direct support to the Patrol Division, participated in many K-9 demonstrations, and accompanied his partner to schools in St. Mary’s County to assist with career day and educational programs.

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