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IMPD K9 Timo receives final 10-42 and honored send off after battle with cancer

By Dane Nutty
Published December 07, 2018

On Monday, December 3, amongst officers, fellow K9s, family and friends, IMPD K9 "Timo" received his final 10-42, designating his end of tour and service to our community.

K9 “Timo” was a 12-year-old Dutch Shepherd and a 10-year veteran with IMPD. He was assigned to the K9 Narcotic Detection Team with his partner of 10 years, Officer Keith Hartman. During his years of service, Timo located over $3 million dollars in cash, several thousand pounds of marijuana and an immeasurable amount of cocaine and methamphetamine. In one particular case that was worked in collaboration with federal agencies, Timo located $1.875 Million dollars hidden in a single house. In 2017, Timo competed in the 18th annual K9 Olympics hosted in Denver, Indiana, earning second place in Narcotic Vehicle Interiors and third place in ScentLogix Narcotic detection.

IMPD K9 Officer Keith Hartman and his K9 "Timo"

Early in 2018, Timo was diagnosed with cancer. After his first surgery and healing, the cancer returned quickly, causing Timo significant pain and suffering. Timo was a great asset to the Indianapolis community and will be terribly missed by his handler and fellow officers. There is a special bond formed between a handler and his/her K9 partner; a bond that makes it difficult for one to operate without the other. Sending a beloved K9 over the rainbow bridge is never easy, but is easier to accept knowing the pain and suffering is over. Timo’s handler and the IMPD appreciates the community's outpouring of support, thoughts, and prayers.

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