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GCPD to Hold Funeral Services at Oak Rest Pet Gardens for K-9 Officer Caleb

The Gwinnett Police Department, will be laying to rest one of its own on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm in the Garden of Honor at Oak Rest Pet Gardens in Gwinnett.

K-9 Officer "Caleb" was assigned to Officer Mike Waddell of the Gwinnett Police Department’s K-9 Unit.  “Caleb” was born May 25, 2002 in the Netherlands, arriving to the U.S. completely untrained.  Through the committed and strenuous training efforts of Officer Waddell in tracking and narcotics training, “Caleb” began his service with Gwinnett Police Department serving for more than nine years along side Officer Waddell.     

During his career, K-9 Caleb was responsible for numerous drug apprehensions and more than 100 felony patrol arrests keeping Gwinnett County a safer place for us all.  K-9 Officer “Caleb” retired his last official action in March of 2011.   Known as dedicated and hard-working among his family and colleagues, K-9 Caleb will missed by many.

A full Honor Guard service along with a 10-motorcycle motorcade will be held for K-9 Officer “Caleb” at Oak Rest Pet Gardens Funeral Home Cemetery located at 2691 Harbins Road, off Hwy. 316 in Dacula.  Services will include several of the Gwinnett County Police Department K-9 Units. 

Oak Rest Pet Gardens donates its services as a tribute to K-9 Officers serving the public interest.   K-9 Officer “Caleb” will be laid to rest in the Garden of Honor at Oak Rest Pet Gardens alongside more than 50 other K-9 Officers previously laid to rest.

For additional information regarding services for our K-9 Officers, please contact Keith D. Shugart or Donna Bethune at 770-457-7659.

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David Binder April 12, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I wish I could have attended the ceremony. RIP Officer Caleb. Oak Rest is a BEAUTIFUL place owned by the compassionate owners of Deceased Pet Care. My wife & I, being the dog lovers that we are, have already made arrangements for ourselves to be laid to rest here. Along with our pets' cremated ashes.
Mike Waddell April 13, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Thank you to the GCPD family that attended the funeral and all of the surrounding agencies that attended. He will be missed by my family and I. RIP good buddy and partner. You were loved by many. Cpl. Mike Waddell
Kristi Reed (Editor) April 13, 2012 at 01:03 AM
It was a very nice service. It sounded as if Caleb was a wonderful partner and family member. I am so sorry for your loss.
Kristi Reed (Editor) April 13, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Hi David - Oak Rest Pet Gardens is indeed a beautiful place and they do a wonderful job. There are photos and video of the ceremony here: http://dacula.patch.com/articles/gcpd-k-9-caleb-laid-to-rest#youtube_video-9562190

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