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Published on Sep 6, 2012
The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says thank you to K9 Joker for his six years of service to the agency and its citizens. He was born on March 20, 2004 and began his law enforcement career in 2006, working with handlers Deputy Ron Kimble and Deputy Sterling Eslinger. Trained in narcotics detection, tracking, and all phases of criminal apprehension, Deputy Eslinger says Joker han an amazing ability to know automatically the right action to do at the right time. He had hundreds of narcotics finds, apprehended numerous bad guys, recovered a gun and much more in his years with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. His end of watch occurred 9/4/2012 due to cancer. Deputy Eslinger says Joker loved to get close to him and his family and called him his 70 pound lap dog. Former K9 Officer and now Sheriff Larry Ashley said, "It's a very special bond. We appreciate Joker's dedication and will never forget his outstanding contributions as a reliable and devoted crime-fighting canine."