The Quincy Police Department’s Explosives Odor Detection/Patrol Canine Major passed on due to a medical incident. QPD Canine Major, a German shepherd was six years old and admirably served the Citizens of Quincy and the Commonwealth of Mass for the past five years.
Canine Major graduated from the Boston Police Department’s Canine Academy and immediately certified both as an Explosives Odor Detection (EOD) and Police Patrol Canine. In addition to Major ’s training with the Boston Police Department, Canine Major also achieved national certifications from: the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA), the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA), and from the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE).
One of Canine Major’s many notable accomplishments during his highly successful career was tracking and locating an emotionally disturbed person who fled from Quincy Hospital. Major found the person hiding in the woods. The patient was transported back to Quincy Hospital for much needed medical care. On another occasion, Canine Major located a suspect’s handgun used in a violent home invasion.
In addition, Canine Major regularly responded to incidents involving suspicious packages that could have harmed our citizens. He and his Quincy Police Canine Handler, Officer Ken Wood, have assisted the Boston Police Department protecting citizens attending the Boston Marathon Event for the past five years.
Only God will ever know the amount of acts of violence against our Citizens that QPD EOD Canine Major and his fellow EOD Canines at the Quincy Police Department and in the Metro Boston Region have deterred or have interrupted from happening.
While off duty Major was a constant companion and care dog for Officer Ken Wood’s son Jack who has Autism. Providing Jack with countless hours of support when Jack needed it most.
Canine Major’s service to our Citizens was commendable in all aspects and Canine Major will be dearly missed and always remembered by the Officers of the Quincy Police Department.
A memorial service will be held at the Angel View Pet Cemetery in Middleborough.