Ragnar is a 2-year-old male Belgian Malinois that joined the Quincy Police Department in 2019 as the canine partner of Officer Sean Fitzgerald. He is a certified dual purpose Patrol / Explosive Ordinance Detection (EOD) canine – meaning, like some of our other canines, he has the ability to sniff out wanted suspects and/or discarded items and locate explosives. Some places you might catch Officer Fitzgerald and Ragnar working: Boston Marathon, Boston’s 3rd of July Esplanade Celebration, Quincy High School graduation, Quincy/North Quincy Thanksgiving Day football game, Pan-Mass Challenge charity bike fundraiser, and conducting dignitary vehicle sweeps. You will also see them searching for missing persons or wanted suspects and participating in events throughout the city. The Quincy Police Department received funding for K9 Ragnar, and his support equipment, via the Federal Homeland Security Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Program.
Officer Fitzgerald told us that most people want to know if Ragnar goes home with him. The answer: Yes, he does. Ragnar has an outdoor dog kennel at home and comes inside during extreme weather. Contrary to popular belief, Ragnar did not get his name from Game Of Thrones! Ragnar is actually an old Viking king name and he is named after a character in the show The Vikings.
Interesting fact: Ragnar gets so excited during feeding time that he will sometimes jump off the side of his kennel and do a back flip!
You may remember that Ragnar was the recipient of a bulletproof vest donated in memory of Quincy Police Officer Jamie Cochrane who passed away on September 10, 2006.