The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 3, 2014

Saying goodbye: Service held for EPD’s K-9 Rex

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Area law enforcement officers, friends and family gathered Friday afternoon to say goodbye to K-9 Officer Rex.

Rex served more than eight years with Enid Police Department, beginning in April 2002 and retiring in October 2010. He passed away Dec. 14, 2013. He was 13 years old.

The service for Rex began with a prayer by Enid Police Department Officer Aaron Barber.

Chief Brian O’Rourke welcomed those in attendance and thanked them for their support. He said there are few people who know the impact a police dog can have on a department and its handler.

“There are a lot of people in the community who don’t understand how important a police dog is to the community,’ he said. “But we all do.”

O’Rourke shared some of Rex’s career stats: more than $25,000 in cash seized; a street value of more than $660,000 for the drugs he located and which were seized; and 496 arrests.

“Rex did an outstanding job for our department,” the chief said. “It’s important that we are here today to honor him and his service.”

Waukomis Christian Church pastor Dave Jones delivered a eulogy for Rex, written from the canine’s perspective.

Jones spoke as Rex, recalling being taken from the Czech Republic to his trainer Rick Ramsey in Arizona.

Rex spoke of his time with partner Officer Ryan Fuxa, tracks they conducted and narcotic busts they shared. “Rex” also spoke of a few incidents involving other Enid Police Department officers, offering several apologies for errant bites or accidental contact with officers.

Jones said he also had the pleasure of knowing Rex and the Fuxa family. He said he had taken a few “accidental nibbles” from the retired K-9 officer.

Jones also read a poem popular among police K-9 handlers titled “Guardians of the Night.”

The poem is about the relationship between a dog and its handler. It ends with the line, “If we should meet again on another street, I will gladly take up your fight, I am a police working dog and together we are guardians of the night.”

Sgt. Quent Tubbs and Officer Kelly Smith presented the Fuxa family — Ryan, Marla, Tucker and Wyatt — with a flag following a slideshow featuring photographs of the K-9 at work and at play.

The ceremony ended with Jones offering a prayer. He said those in attendance take notice of Rex’s obituary.

Jones asked, “Please keep the Fuxa family in your thoughts and prayers.”