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Jackson Co. deputy awarded for K-9 work


Jackson County (Press Release) - On Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 1:45 a.m., Jackson County Sheriff's K-9 Handler Deputy Nick Gray received a request to assist the Wisconsin State Patrol on a traffic stop in the City of Black River Falls.

That request came in the form of a K-9 sniff on a suspect vehicle stopped by State Trooper Steven Wojcik who suspected possible drug activity. Deputy Gray and his K-9 "Ice" immediately responded to a location in downtown Black River Falls.

Upon arriving at the scene of the traffic stop, Deputy Gray and his K-9 partner "Ice" went right to work and soon "Ice" alerted to the presence of drugs in the suspect vehicle.

Upon further investigation by Deputy Gray and the Trooper Wojcik, methamphetamine and marijuana were discovered inside the vehicle along with a loaded .22 caliber handgun. The vehicle was occupied by two convicted felons at the time.

The amount of methamphetamine was large enough to charge the driver with "Possession with intent to distribute," a felony in Wisconsin.

Based upon this incident, Deputy Gray was nominated for an award with the United States Police Canine Association. The association is nationwide organization that recognizes K-9 Handlers every year across the United States. The association and its membership are made up of K-9 Handlers who certify both dogs and law enforcement officers for K-9 work. Membership is a requirement by the government to be certified and licensed to work with controlled substances as a part of K-9 training.

Deputy Gray was subsequently awarded "K-9 Deputy of the Quarter" in Region 18, which encompasses Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Twin Cities as well as parts of North Dakota.

Upon receipt of the award, Sheriff Duane Waldera commended Deputy Gray for his K-9 work with the Department and for the citizens of Jackson County. "Deputy Gray has worked hard over the years with the K-9 program. I am certainly very proud of his accomplishments as well as those by his K-9 partner "Ice."

In a recent interview, Deputy Gray related, "There are only four such awards presented to recipients by the United States Police Canine Association per region each year." Gray explained. "I cannot tell you how proud I am of the award, my K-9 "Ice" and the men and women from the Sheriff's Office that helped in making this happen." Deputy Gray also expressed his gratitude and recognized Wisconsin State Trooper Steven Wojcik for this Trooper's investigative prowess in initiating the traffic stop.

Deputy Gray has been an active K-9 handler for the Sheriff's Office for a number of years and also a member of the Department's Emergency Response Team as well.


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