The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is remembering one of its own — K9 “Lee” who passed away May 9 due to health issues. K9 Lee retired on Sept. 29, 2013, after nine years of service to the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Walton County. He began his law enforcement career with the Sheriff’s Office in 2004.
K9 Lee worked with two handlers and has been Sergeant Nick Bearden’s partner since 2007. He had approximately 1,742 hours of training, 1,218 deployments, 844 alerts with finds, tracked and apprehended 22 suspects and recovered eight children who were lost. The biggest drug bust of K9 Lee’s career was 20 pounds of cocaine found off I-10 in 2010.
Sergeant Bearden and K9 Lee won the Top Dog Award in 2011 at the United States Police Canine Association Regional Field Trials and finished in the top 20 at the USPCA National Competition held in Perl, Miss. In 2013, Sergeant Bearden and K9 Lee were selected as the USPCA Detector Case of the first quarter. K9 Lee had certifications for narcotic detection and tracking through USPCA as well as through the National Narcotic Detection Dog Association. Sheriff Mike Adkinson said, “We are grateful to K9 Lee and for all the contributions he made in making our community safer.”
K9 Lee was more than a partner, he was a loyal companion, a trusted teammate and a true friend. We will miss him but never forget him.