The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 27, 2013

Enid Police Department retires K-9 officer Thor

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — After nine years of dedicated service to the Enid Police Department, retired K-9 officer Thor and his handler, Officer Justin Lamle, were honored Saturday during the fourth annual Paws 4 the Cause Dachshund Dash.

The pair were thanked during a special ceremony prior to the dog races.

Thor, a German shepherd, retired Dec. 1, 2012. His service with the department began Oct. 15, 2003. Thor will spend the rest of his retirement as a member of the Lamle family.

During his time with the department, Thor and Lamle conducted 42 building searches and conducted 119 tracks and area searches.

The two also recorded 537 drug sniffs. As a result of those actions, the two allowed the department to seize 118 grams of cocaine, with a street value of about $11,800.

Lamle and Thor seized 467 grams of methamphetamine, with a value of about $46,700, and 668 grams of crack, worth about $66,800. The two also found and seized 15,159 grams of marijuana, with a street value of about $43,300.

A total of $43,257 in drug proceeds also were seized, thanks to the work of the K-9 team.

For Lamle, Saturday’s ceremony was bitter-sweet, capping the end of a partnership that lasted nearly a decade.

“He’s got the record for the largest crack seizure on a traffic stop for our department,” Lamle said of Thor.

The Aug. 30, 2008, traffic stop netted 257.7 grams of crack and 59.3 grams of powdered cocaine.

He said that was one of the more memorable busts he made with his partner. Lamle said he also remembers a search a few years ago for a young woman who had taken too many pills and wandered off into the woods near Lahoma.

“They had a huge search out near Lahoma, where all the of trees and brush was grown together, right in the middle of summer,” Lamle said. Multiple agencies were called to assist in finding the young woman, including Thor and Lamle, who were not working that day. Another K-9 team from the department had searched for several hours but had to quit due to the heat.

“They called and I went out. Thor and I went out there and searched and we found her,” he said. “We got help out there, we got her treatment and she survived.

“It was something good we did. It wasn’t a bite or a drug bust, but it did some good.”

Much like his human counterparts, Thor’s adjustment to retirement hasn’t been easy. Lamle said his partner’s attitude has gone from anxious to grumpy to friendly in months since his retirement.

Lamle said Thor didn’t appreciate being left home at first, but has adjusted to life at home with the other family dogs. However, Thor still remembers going to work.

“When I got the leash out today he went spastic,” Lamle said. “When he saw the car, he dragged me along. You never want it to be over with.”

Chief Brian O’Rourke commended Lamle and Thor for a great career.

“Thor and Lamle both were a great team,” he said. “K-9s, through the years, have done an exceptional jobs.”