Famous Springfield, Mo. Police K9 Lor dies, seen by millions as a LIVE PD regular

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — One of the most famous K9s of recent years has passed away. K9 Lor run by Greene County, Mo. Ofc James T. Craigmyle, has been featured on the TV show LIVE PD for years.

Ofc Craigmyle released a statement in the form of a letter to longtime partner K9:

Lor, For many he was their hero, for some he was their saviour, for others he was a bump in the night.

For me, he was my best friend, my protector, the best partner one could ask for. He was a son to me.

We will always love you Lor, you will forever be remembered and cherished in the hearts of millions. – DEPUTY JAMES CRAIGMYLE

EOW – 07/26/2022 #K9Lor

Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott issued a press release expressing his thanks to the Springfield area community for their support. And express condolences for the loss of Lor.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of K9 Lor. Lor passed away on July 26, 2022, surrounded by his family and canine siblings at the age of 13 years and 9 months.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to especially thank those members of the community who have supported Lor with their thoughts and prayers since her retirement, as well as her multitude of veterinary experts, caregivers and family members.

Lor will be laid to rest in the coming weeks in a private ceremony.

There are special places to donate and continue to honor his legacy. When making a donation, indicate that it is in honor of Lor:

Update: Ofc James Craigmyle’s career path took a different turn when LIVE PD ended its broadcast on A&E. He tells us that he no longer works for the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, but is now the regional security manager at Silver Dollar City and other nearby Herschend properties. “I also train dogs at my Craigmyle K9 Training business and do movies and movies,” he says. But he still has law enforcement in his blood as a reserve deputy for the Stone County Sheriff’s Office.

We asked him if he had seen Dan Abrams’ new show, On Patrol Live, which debuted last weekend. He said yes, “it’s like Live PD again.”

If you received the invitation to join the cast of On Patrol Live. would you? “I’d be on the show in a heartbeat. I’d like to host a [regular scheduled] all K9 show at some point.

For the moment you can follow his social networks: FACEBOOK, TWITTERINSTAGRAM.

LIFE HISTORY OF K9 LOR, by Abby Norcross Craigmyle

Originally named Loris, a name still sometimes used at home when he was sneaky, Lor was born in November 2008 and came to the United States from Czechoslovakia in 2010 to start his law enforcement career with the Office of the Greene County Sheriff and his handler, James Craigmyle. Lor was a “dual-purpose” police dog trained in narcotics detection and patrol arrest.

Throughout his career, Lor has assisted the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Greene County Sheriff’s Department Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), various regional task forces, numerous other sheriff’s departments, city police departments, and his own agency to locate hundreds of thousands of dollars in narcotics and hundreds of wanted people.

Lor had approximately 2,000 deployments during his career. He has used his incredible tracking and tracing skills on numerous occasions to locate missing or lost children and adults as well as violent suspects. Lor has on several occasions helped locate weapons used in the commission of crimes in addition to other evidence needed for investigations.

During his patrol duty, Lor reduced the risk of injury to officers and the public countless times, often by mere presence and a warning or two, other times by physically apprehending violent suspects. He was known for his gentle nature with children as well as the ferocity with which he attacked the bite sleeve. He received punches, kicks and blows in the line of duty, but he remained the even-tempered dog he was known throughout the community.

Lor has served as an ambassador for law enforcement around the world and has spent thousands of hours in schools with children of all ages and at community events. He brought joy to visits to sick children at local hospitals and also made appearances at children’s birthday parties whenever possible – his favorite role being that of Chase from Paw Patrol, of course.

As of 2018, Lor appeared regularly on the LivePD television series where he was a fan favorite. This notoriety has resulted in several plane trips, t-shirts bearing his image sold on Amazon and a stuffed animal bearing his image.

Beyond his fame, Lor will be remembered at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office for opening Major Corcoran’s refrigerator to steal apples, dropping drool-covered toys in Sheriff Arnott’s lap at meetings, and having an affinity for the red Kongs. He was a massive dog with paws the size of dinner plates and a tail that could almost dent a wall when he wiggled. He was known to be gentle, yet fierce and unwilling to back down – characteristics that served him well by making him tough enough to run over a suspect, yet kind enough to let 10 kids covered in pizza grease crawl all over him. He had an ironic love for snow and ice, particularly fond of catching snowballs in the air and nibbling on ice he could get himself from the freezer, but he had a hatred of actual bodies of water and of anything resembling swimming.

He loved Andy’s frozen custard, popcorn, and raw sweet potatoes. He was a doorknob destroyer wherever he went because he liked to open doors by himself; however, he did not know how to close them, resulting in flies in the house during the summer.

He was an escape artist, whether from the intensive care unit at MU’s veterinary school, from any dog ​​crate ever made, or from home trying to gain access. to his food in the garage. He had an extreme oral fixation, having a ball or toy in his mouth, even when he slept, and if one couldn’t be located, he would bark until someone magically conjured one. He felt compelled to feel everything he came into contact with, making the simple task of unloading groceries take twenty minutes. When he heard the sound of his collar tinkling, his ears perked up and he jumped up ready for work, no matter if it was night or day or if he had just come home. He loved and was fascinated by people and didn’t even seem to notice or be distracted by other animals – except cats. Lor was not a big fan of cats.

During his transition to civilian life, he gained some weight, took longer naps in the sun on the porch, and walked in the garden with his sisters. After several health issues, all of which were said to ‘not be able to survive’, he settled into a languorous routine of being a pet and having his ears cleaned daily by his beloved French bulldog sister. , Grace.

He was deaf but could still somehow hear a slice of cheese unwrapping 3 pieces away in deep sleep. Although he was well retired, his ears still twitched at the sound of a siren, he got nervous when the kids were rowdy because he worried he’d have to step in, and he could still take all of his orders in a variety of strangers. languages ​​although recently hand signs have become much more effective. Being over 100 in human years, he’s been slower since his last birthday and you could tell those years of battling the bad guys were taking their toll. Although one of his fellow human beings asked Santa Claus to “do [him] immortal” for Christmas this year, the time came when neither his massive heart nor his love for his people could sustain him on this earth any longer.

Lor, we have loved you all your life and will miss you for the rest of ours.

Lor is survived by her former dog handler, James Craigmyle and her canine sister, Nala; his “mom” Abby Craigmyle and canine sisters Grace, Olivia and Lulu as well as his leopard gecko friend, Ghost; his human brothers Cory Craigmyle and Owen Welytok; and her sisters Kali Craigmyle and Kassi Craigmyle.

The family would also like to thank Klingner-Cope Funeral Home for sponsoring the service and interment as a gift to our hero.

REMARK: The Greene County Sheriff’s Office has featured regularly, including Lor, former A&E hit series “Live PD” was canceled in June 2020 amid protests following the killing of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

On Patrol Live is hosted by the same hosts on the now canceled Live PD. It is also airing on a new network, REELZ.

Many of the same hosts, producers and departments have now joined a new show that debuted last weekend with a new name on a new network. On Patrol Live airs Friday and Saturday nights on REELZ.

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