FREEHOLD – It is with deep regret that the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office announces the passing of its K-9 Evan, beloved partner of Sheriff’s Officer Kurt Kroeper.
The 7-year-old Labrador retriever, who specialized in narcotics detection, was diagnosed with cancer two months ago. Although his prognosis was hopeful, Evan developed an infection and died on Friday.
“Evan was an extraordinary member of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit,” Sheriff Shaun Golden said. “He played a pivotal role in ridding the streets of drugs that plague our county. Evan will be missed and never forgotten.”
Evan came to the sheriff’s office after graduating from the Holmdel Township Police Canine Academy. He began service in 2009 with Kroeper. Throughout the course of their work, Kroeper and Evan seized an excess of $1.1 million in cash, a result of numerous drug investigations. The K-9 team also located a significant amount of narcotics including heroin, cocaine and marijuana, which led to the arrests of hundreds of individuals.
Evan was a familiar face throughout Monmouth County as he and Kroeper conducted K-9 demos at schools and community events throughout the year. Evan remained on duty during his course of treatment, at the recommendation of veterinary specialists.
“Evan and I shared a special bond, we worked together, lived together and protected one another,” Kroeper said. “I’m grateful to have had such an outstanding partner and appreciate all of the support in recent months.”
“The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is deeply saddened by the loss of K-9 Evan, who assisted our agency on many investigations,” First Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Marc LeMieux said. “The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit has proven to be a valuable asset in promoting law enforcement, maintaining public safety and continuing in the fight against drugs.”
The sheriff’s office would like to thank those who sent well wishes to Evan and Kroeper and supported the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Donation Fund. A special acknowledgement goes to Evan’s veterinary specialists from Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Tinton Falls, and 4 Paws Animal Hospital, Englishtown.
The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit presently consists of five sheriff’s officers/K-9 handlers and dogs which include one narcotics detection team, two explosive detection teams, one narcotic patrol team and one explosive patrol team.