History of New London K-9s
In 1993, The Connecticut Police Work Dog Association
Inc., established "The Daniel Wasson Memorial Canine Award".
Wasson was a Milford, Connecticut Police Canine Officer who was
shot and killed in the line of duty. Officer Wasson made the ultimate
sacrifice; it is in his memory that these awards are given each
New London Officers and their K-9s who have been presented the Wasson
These annual awards are chosen from line of duty deployments that exemplify
the highest tradition of police canine law enforcement:
1995: Trooper Todd Lynch and K-9 "Uriah",
Connecticut State Police. Uriah sustained multiple stab wounds during
the tracking and apprehension of an armed felony suspect. Uriah recovered
from his injuries and returned to duty.
1998: Officer Gregory Williams and K-9 "Nero",
New London Police Department. Officer Williams and K9 "Nero"
were selected for numerous felony apprehensions.
1999: Officer Gregory Williams and K-9 "Nero",
New London Police Department. Nero's efforts resulted in 13 felony apprehensions
during his first year of service. In 1999 Nero engaged a subject and
stayed engaged during an exchange of gunfire in which Officer Williams
was shot in the forearm.
Officer George Potts and Sequia - 1st runner up
2003: Officer Morales & K-9 “Niko”
of New London Police Department were selected for responding to a robbery
in progress by three suspects at approximately 1:00a.m. at a local bar.
When they arrived the suspects had run into a wooded area where Niko
had tracked the suspects and was shot by one of them with a 9 mm which
passed completely through him missing all his vital organs, but still
continued tracking them. All three suspects were later apprehended.
Niko recovered fully from his wound and faithfully still serves and
protects his handler with the New London Police Dept.
2004: Officer Morales & K-9 “Niko”
of New London Police Department were selected for responding on July
2nd 2004, at approximately 2244 hours, to assist Norwich Police Department
in locating a male suspect who had just committed a robbery and murdered
his victim with a shot gun blast to the chest. K-9 Niko was deployed
into an apartment where the suspect was believed to be hiding. K-9 Niko
located the male hiding in a completely dark basement. The suspect surrendered
to avoid a K-9 apprehension. K-9 Niko was recalled and the suspect later
identified as the man responsible for the robbery homicide and was taken
into custody without incident. Also during the past year K-9 Niko had
many successful tracks and apprehensions along with finding a total
of 28.9 grams of crack cocaine for the year 2004.
2008: Officer Matthew A. Galante & K-9 "Ike"
of New London Police Department were selected for numerous successful
tracks and apprehensions in New London and also neighboring towns. The
team also located a suicidal person and may have saved the victim from
ending his life.
First K-9 Team