12 Emergency Service Unit Canines and Handlers Join the Elite Canine Team

Following a rigorous selection process and intense training, the Emergency Service Unit (ESU) graduated 12 handlers and 12 canines into their elite Canine Team. These newly-inducted members will serve on the front lines of our fight against crime and terrorism. The handlers, and their canine partners, will work on missing person searches, evidence searches, tracking, and explosive detection. Of the 12 graduating canines, there are ten German Malinois mixes, two Labrador Retrievers, and one Bloodhound.

Each dog also graduates with a new name, a name that honors a fallen NYPD officer killed in the line of duty. The families of our fallen Finest participated in the naming dedication ceremony and met the canines who will bear their family member’s name. Their work to protect New Yorkers will help keep the legacy of our heroes alive. In Police Commissioner O’Neill’s words:

“Each time a handler answers that question – ‘What’s your dog’s name?’ –they have another chance to tell a unique story about sacrifice, courage, and service. This is why their names are so important, because these are stories we must never stop telling.”

Five previously graduated dogs, who are named after line of duty members of the service, also had the opportunity to participate in a formal naming dedication ceremony.

GRADUATES

Handler
Det. Robert Favara
Det. Paul Urquiaga
P.O. Daniel Bosco
P.O. Joseph Brayuha
P.O. Michael Colangelo
P.O. Matthew Giunta
P.O. Jeremy Lucca
P.O. Slawomir Mikolajuk
P.O. Christina Orlando
P.O. Anaida Patterson
Det. Kristen Collins
P.O. Gerard Howard
Det. Ben Colecchia
P.O. Robert Papp
P.O. Anthony Napolitano
P.O. Manuel Orellana
P.O. Andrew Barron

K9
Jemma
Louie
Tuz
Steven
Jimbo
Tommy
DMO
Barry
Lindsay
Smitty
Freedom
Atticus
Timoshenko
Mia
Liu Liu
Angel
Vito
Namesake
Det. Joseph Lemm
Det. Louis Fernandez
Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo
Det. Steven McDonald
D.C. James Molloy
P.O. Thomas Langone
Captain Dennis Morales
Captain Barry Galfano
Det. Chris Lindsay
P.O. Moira Smith
(WTC Freedom Tower)
(dog’s previous name)
Det. Russel Timoshenko
Det. Miosotis Familia
Det. WenJian Liu
Det. Rafael Ramos
P.O. Vito Mauro