K9 wounded in deadly Fond du Lac shooting retiring

By Millaine Wells, Local 5 News

Published 03/28 2014 04:36PM

Updated 03/28 2014 04:41PM

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WFRV) - After eight years of serving the community of Fond du Lac, Police K9 Grendel will be retiring.

The public is being invited to a retirement ceremony on April 8th.Grendel has been with the department eight years, partnered with his handler, Officer Ryan Williams.

The pair made news in March of 2011 when they responded to arrest a sexual assault suspect.

James Cruckson shot Williams twice in the chest, then shot at other officers, killing Officer Craig Brikholz. K9 Grendel was also critically wounded.

Both the K9 and Williams were able to return to duty.

According to Officer WIlliams “K-9 Grendel still has the will to work, but his body is telling him it's time to slow down. Grendel has decided to step down and let another dog get a chance to take a bite out of crime.”

A statement by Fond du Lac Police Chief Bill Lamb goes on to say "Every member of the City of Fond du Lac Police Department feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work alongside Officer Ryan Williams and his partner, K9 Grendel. They have obviously been a remarkable K9 team and have served the department and our community with extraordinary distinction. Their arrests, seizures, and apprehensions have, in and of themselves, made for an excellent career together. Most significantly, their demonstration of strength and commitment provided literally tens of thousands across our community and the nation with the inspiration to train harder, maintain a positive attitude, and never give up – and we are all better people and police officers through what they have taught us. We will miss K9 Grendel and his service to our department, but we obviously wish him well in his well-deserved retirement from the rigors of daily service as a police K9. Thank you, Officer Williams and K9 Grendel, for eight years of outstanding service to our community and the law enforcement profession.”

K9 Grendel’s retirement will be made official at a ceremony to be held at the City of Fond du Lac Police Department on Tuesday, April 08, 2014.

The program will begin at 2PM. Members of the community are invited to stop by to say thanks and farewell to K9 Grendel.

K9 Grendel’s service to the community and retirement will be recognized by the Fond du Lac City Council at its Wednesday, April 09, 2014 meeting.

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