- Dec 26
MPD Mourns the Passing of Police Canine Unit TITAN
On Sunday, December 24th 2017, it is with heavy heart and deep sorrow that the Martinsburg Police Department reports the untimely passing of our Police Canine Unit TITAN. In a span of approximately two weeks TITAN began suffering from a painful and debilitating illness. After seeking immediate medical attention by a local veterinarian his handler Pfc. Ryan Fritz was instructed to seek an expert diagnosis from an Odonatologist from the Life Center in Leesburg, Virginia. After a few days of tests, observation and intravenous injunctions Police Canine Unit TITAN was believed to be suffering from a cancer related illness, possibly Lymphoma.
Final results of advanced testing will become available later this month. The effects of this disease were physically debilitating and causing extreme pain and undue suffering to our dog. A decision was made based on these facts and scenario for the humane well-being of the dog, to allow Police Canine Unit TITAN to pass away peacefully on December 24th, 2017.
TITAN was loved by this Department and the entire community greatly. Even though his life and career as a Police Canine was brief it shined brightly. He began his training and career on June 26th 2017 with his handler Pfc. Ryan Fritz.
He reached and thrilled over a thousand school children in weekly demonstrations all while being on constant patrol duties with his handler apprehending criminals, detecting and seizing drugs, performing in all manner of searches and performing countless other community related services.
Police Chief Maury Richards and Deputy Chief George B. Swartwood both echo that “Pfc. Ryan Fritz and Police Canine Unit TITAN were an absolute perfect team! They worked so well together in their duties that their performance can only be described as outstanding. They were both our Officer of the Month for November 2017 and were given accolades every time they performed their duties.”
“He will be sorrowfully missed and we extend our thoughts and prayers to his handler Pfc. Ryan Fritz and his family, the Martinsburg Police Department and to our entire community, we will mourn his loss.”
The Martinsburg Police Department will persevere in the wake of this tragic occurrence and inquires have been made to seek a replacement canine from Shallow Creek Kennel in Pennsylvania were TITAN was obtained. This will be done after seeking the future blessing and approval of the Martinsburg City Council and to continue utilizing Pfc. Ryan Fritz as the new dog’s handler drawing on his expertise in the field.
The Martinsburg Police Department would like to thank our entire community for the affection, appreciation and support they have shown for Police Canine Unit Titan and his handler Pfc. Ryan Fritz.