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Rest in peace and thanks to K9 Fargo
We're sad to report the passing of retired K9 Fargo on October 21, after eight years of service to Roseville P.D. and three years of happy retirement life with his handler, Roseville Police Officer Josh Wheeler.
At about 80 pounds, Fargo was one of our smaller dogs, but what he lacked in size he made up for in spirit. He was one tough dog. Lt. Troy Bergstrom, who supervised the K9 unit during Fargo's service, remembers one incident in particular that illustrates Fargo's tenacity.
In 2003, Officer Wheeler and Fargo responded to a vehicle burglary in progress in a store parking lot, and followed one of the two fleeing suspects to a nearby construction site. The suspect jumped the fence into the construction area, and then stood on the other side of the chain link fence taunting Fargo. Unfortunately for him, Fargo found a hole in the fence about 30 feet away and wriggled through, and the chase was on. Fargo caught up with the suspect near a drainage ditch, and the suspect began swinging a metal pipe at Fargo. Still undeterred, Fargo took the suspect down in the ditch and held on, taking many punches to his head until Officer Wheeler arrived and took the suspect, a wanted parolee, into custody.
This encounter didn't slow Fargo down from several more years of outstanding service protecting Officer Wheeler and the other officers, helping find and catch suspects, and being an outstanding ambassador for Roseville PD at many community events.
We're grateful to Fargo for his years of service to the police department and the Roseville community, and send our condolences to Officer Wheeler and the Wheeler family.