make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

BCSO, others say goodbye to K-9 who died on duty

READ MORE: BCSO, others say goodbye to K-9 who died on duty
k9funeral300.jpg

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) -- When law enforcement officers lose their life in the line of duty, their funerals are very emotional. Today a tribute in Brunswick County took on special meaning as the Sheriff's Office said goodbye to a four-legged crime fighter.

What started as a ceremony of grieving became a celebration of life for this man's best friend.

"It was just an emotional roller coaster," said Dep. Jared Zeller, as he mourned the loss of his K-9 partner Viper. "It was happy, it was sadness for the loss. I'm glad we were here and a lot of people came out and showed support for viper and the accomplishments that he had."

Tuesday morning the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office held a memorial for Viper. The dog died in the line of duty over the weekend after biting through plastic wrap around two pounds of cocaine he'd found. A severe reaction to the drug took his life. Many on hand for the memorial sympathize with Zeller.

"He's with you in everything you do throughout the day at work, every traffic stop, every search warrant," fellow deputy Cpl. Brian Chism said. "He's always there, and then to all of a sudden lose him is... I couldn't imagine."

Officers and K-9's came from across eastern North Carolina in both support of Dep. Zeller and to celebrate the life of Viper.

"This is part of the family. It's the law enforcement family," Rocky Mount Senior Police Officer Tim Braddy said. "I've never lost one in the line of duty, but it would be like losing a part of your family. He's with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so he is part of your family."

Trained police dogs like Viper are a big part of the Sheriff's Office. That's why Tuesday Viper got the same respect any other deputy would get if he died in the line of duty.

"It's more than a dog," Zeller said. "I don't know how to describe to you how much that it's just not a dog. He's a member of my family. Just because he has four legs, you know he's a deputy. He goes through training just like we do. He puts his life on the line just like we do. It's an amazing thing what these dogs do. They are just not a dog. They're a partner."

Zeller said the Sheriff's Office has approached him about getting another dog. He has not yet made up his mind, though, as Viper is still in his thoughts.

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.

»

Viper

Thank God there are men,women and canines that run to the danger at any cost to protect the citzens of the Brunswick County and all the other counties in our beautiful state.

Viper

Stand down now Viper.......you have done your job well !
You were an officer and you were loved by many. Now it is you're turn to run for no reason, play with abandon, sniff all the flower's and roll in the best, sweetest grass ever. Rest Viper, past is gone, not even a memory. You are making NEW ones. We will miss you and we will not forget !!!

No problem with the memorial

No problem with the memorial service for Viper but how much did it cost the taxpayers of Brunswick County? Just curious!!

K-9 Viper

I couldn't possibly think of a more ignorant comment that the one above. You should be ashamed of yourself for even taking the time to think of such a thing no less post it.

Not a dime..The service was

Not a dime..The service was held in front of the Sheriff's Office, anyone who wanted to attend could. It lasted approximately 15-20 minutes. The Chaplain opened with prayer, a guy volunteered to play bagpipes, the Sheriff spoke, the K-9 sgt spoke, the Honor Gaurd preformed, the Chief Deputy did closing remarks and the Chaplain ended with prayer. I am so glad that all people care about is how much tax payers had to pay. Well, guess what? The deputies and all county employees are tax payers also. This dog aided in keeping dangerous drugs out of our kids hands and lost his life in the process. So what if it would have cost us? He deserved every bit of it! Be thankful please!

I'm sorry to inform you

I'm sorry to inform you Guest 13 but nothing's free, it cost the taxpayers of Brunswick County something, if they don't mind paying it that's fine and if I lived in Brunswick I would have no problem with it either but I was just curious to know how much did it cost the taxpayers of the county....you might think it was free or someone might have you believing it was free but IT WASN'T FREE!!

LOL

To guestzento its priceless. If you have to ask about how much it cost,this is not the place to ask. Instead, go to the Sheriff's Office in person and ask them, How much did that small service cost. But I'm sure that the K9 team never asked how much is this going to cost, when they went to work everyday or if they had to stay after and look for a subject that just killed or may kill again. I think its funny that you ask it but will never have to face a victim that he helped or another K9 handler that has lost a dog. But that ok, your the one that keeps my job going, Just another heartless person that we sniff out.

MSCO K9 UNIT
STUART, FL

K9 Viper

Your answer was perfect. I was just on here looking around for photo's of K9 Viper because I do portraits of them Free of charge for their handlers when they are lost in the line of duty. I think they deserve some recognition for their sacrifices.
One of these K9's was just awarded the Medal of Honor for trying to drag his fallen partner to safety.
That jackass clearly hates cops for getting caught for something in the past & hopefully if he gets in trouble in the future he will come face to face with one of those K9's !

RIP Viper!!

RIP Viper!!

"I don't know how to

"I don't know how to describe to you how much that it's just not a dog. He's a member of my family. Just because he has four legs, you know he's a deputy. He goes through training just like we do. He puts his life on the line just like we do. It's an amazing thing what these dogs do. They are just not a dog. They're a partner."

--Couldn't agree with you more. I feel very much the same way about my dog. RIP Viper!!