American Humane Associations Hero Dog Awards - 2012 Finalists
Category: Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs
Location: Shillington, Pennsylvania
On June 29, 2011, Berks County Deputy Sheriff K-9 Handler Kyle Pagerly was shot and killed while attempting to execute a warrant. As they ascended a mountain to locate the suspect, Deputy Pagerly and his K-9 partner Jynx, came upon an elevation in the terrain. The suspect, who was dressed in full camouflage and possessed multiple weapons, lay on the ridge undetected by the human officers. Jynx alerted to position of the suspect and ran up the hill, ahead of the Deputy Sherriff, forcing the suspect to abandon his cover. As he stood, the suspect pointed a rifle at Deputy Sherriff Pagerly. Gunfire started and Deputy Sherriff Pagerly was fatally wounded. Jynx attempted to pull Deputy Sherriff Pagerly down the mountain to safety. Jynx also attempted to move another officer who was rendering assistance to Deputy Sherriff Pagerly out of harm’s way. If it would not have been for the brave actions of Jynx, many other officers would have lost their lives that day. Jynx is a Hero Dog in every way. Jynx and Deputy Sherriff Pagerly performed hundreds of police dog and safety demonstrations throughout the county. They had a very special bond that will never be forgotten by the citizens of this community. Now retired, Jynx continues his legacy by unofficially making public appearances and warming the hearts of many. Jynx lives with Kyle’s wife and their new born baby girl. Kyle’s wife was only a few weeks pregnant with their first child when Kyle was killed in the line of duty. Kyle was only 28 years old. Jynx is supporting K9s4COPs, on the front lines of keeping families and our communities safe, no team provides a more potent one-two punch than police officers partnered with trained law enforcement K-9s. Trained for specific tasks, these highly intelligent dogs stop criminals in the act, catch fleeing fugitives, sniff out illegal drugs and cash, and participate in search-and-rescue missions. They find bodies, bombs, and the cause of fires. They even save their partners’ lives, sometimes at the cost of their own.