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Foundation Donates Money for New Danvers Police K9

Falco is nearing retirement after nearly a decade serving the town of Danvers.

Falco with Officer Justin Ellenton and Marblehead students Allison Kapoll and Tyler Merullo who in 2010 raised money for a new vest for Falco. Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Falco with Officer Justin Ellenton and Marblehead students Allison Kapoll and Tyler Merullo who in 2010 raised money for a new vest for Falco. Photo credit: Patch file photo.

It’s almost time for Danvers’ faithful K9 Falco to enjoy his retirement years, which means the Police Department will soon need a new dog.

Falco has been Danvers’ K9 for nearly 10 years, which is the usual time of retirement for police dogs. Falco will enjoy retirement with his partner, Officer Justin Ellenton.  

Hearing that Danvers would soon need a new dog, a foundation that wished to remain anonymous is going to donate $6,500 for a new K9.

Danvers Police is already looking at a Belgian Malinois breeder that has future police dogs available at 13 weeks.

Danvers Police Chief Neil Ouellette said Falco has saved at least one life and been key in drug busts. Falco helps on calls outside Danvers for incidents such as house breaks. 

He even saved at least one person’s life. A suspect was overdosing when Falco found him near the state hospital property. The man may have died if Falco hadn’t found him.

Falco has also found drugs and cash hidden behind dashboards. 

Ouellette said the next training is in October and Danvers Police hopes to have a new dog in that class. 

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