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Monroe Police K9 tracker Nuke dies

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K9 Nuke in 2014.

MONROE — The Monroe Police Department sadly announced the day after Christmas that its K9 officer, Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh, had died with his handler Officer Jason Southard at his side. Nuke had been suffering from an incurable intestinal disease.
Nuke, who was born in Germany, came on board with the Monroe Police in May 2014, following the retirement of former K9 “Joker.”
The K9 officer with Southard happily and fiercely completed several police missions, including tracking and capturing criminals, aiding in searches, and showing his skills and love to the community at events.
One case in particular stood out for Tribune readers, when Nuke captured a shoplifter that had run to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. In that event, the young German Shepherd police tracker dog clutched a suspect capture following a theft at the Monroe Fred Meyer that ended at the Evergreen Fairgrounds July 28, 2015. According to police, Nuke was deployed to track  a suspect who left the Fred Meyers leading him and police to the Evergreen Fairgrounds. A backpack was found, but the trail continued across the RV parking lot. Witnesses nearby confirmed to officers they had seen a man running. Officers and Nuke continued pursuit, and the suspect was seen with a female near the public restrooms. Both individuals were apprehended and arrested. The suspect was charged with robbery and two outstanding misdemeanor warrants.
Southard had shared with the Tribune in 2016 that Nuke just loved to go to work. As soon as Southard put his uniform on at home, Nuke would get excited and knew it was time to go work. Nuke lived at the Southard residence and was also considered a family dog, especially in his final days. Southard made several posts and updates about Nuke during his difficulties with his intestinal issues.
When Nuke died Dec. 26, several people apart from Southard and his family mourned the loss. Southard released a statement via the Monroe Police:
“Over the last three and a half years, it has been an honor to work with my loyal K9 partner Nuke. Watching him grow into a dog excited to work every day has been a pleasure and an honor. His success as a representative of the Monroe Police Department has not been lost upon me. Nuke’s drive to be a fighter has been nothing short of fantastic. His connection with the community and others around him has been wonderful to watch. There are many members of this Department that have made his success possible.
During my time with Nuke, he has been in a constant battle with an intestinal disorder that has no cure... Over time, the condition has become progressively worse.
The support of all the people from the Monroe Police Department has been nothing short of special. I thank each one of you that has stopped me to ask about Nuke or helped out in some way. I am very grateful for Monroe Police Department Leadership for their support. The support of Chief Quenzer, Deputy Chief Ginnard, Sergeant Irving, and Sergeant Johnston has been constant and wonderful.”
Southard shared via Facebook that his posts featuring Nuke reached 54,000 shares or likes. Everybody loved Nuke; except, of course, the bad guys.


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