Slidell Police mourn the passing of one of their own, K-9 Chase. Included at the bottom of this page is a heartfelt letter from his handler, Chris Newman…
From Slidell PD:
It is with a very heavy heart we share the passing of one of our own, K-9 Chase. Chase served the citizens and city he loved for just under a decade. On Monday, February 1, 2016, Chase lost his battle with Degenerative Myelopathy. Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a spontaneously occurring, adult-onset spinal cord disorder that affects dogs, and is similar to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease in humans. DM, on its own, is not a painful disease; however, symptoms include loss of coordination in the limbs, which progresses to paralysis.
During his career, K-9 Chase assisted with the apprehension of over 100 criminals, took illegal narcotics off the streets, assisted numerous outside police agencies, and provided education and demonstrations to thousands of school children.
Each of us, including our police officers, chose to handle the loss of family member in different ways. Chase’s handler, Sergeant Chris Newman, wrote a letter to his lost partner expressing his emotions. Sergeant Newman asked that we share his letter to show our citizens not only what K-9 Chase was to the Slidell Police Department and the City of Slidell, but also to show the family member he became to the Newman’s.