The Herkimer County Legislature passed a resolution on Friday to honor the victims and express gratitude to the responders of the tragic events of Mar. 13 at the Villages of Mohawk and Herkimer on Monday, Mar. 25. The event will be called the “County-Wide Day of Remembrance,” and the four victims including Ape, the K-9 FBI officer killed in the line of fire, will be honored and remembered.
Killed by Kurt Meyers that tragic day were Harry Montgomery, Michael Renshaw, Tom Stefka, Michael Ransear, and Ape.
The Herkimer Police Benevolent Association also plan to organize a memorial fund for all of the victims including Ape. Read more about these plans from the herkimer telegram.com by clicking here.
New York State Senators in Albany hope to change the current penalties for injuring or killing police animals from misdemeanors to felonies. Senate Bill 1079 will change the Class A misdemeanor to a Class D felony. The bill was co-sponsored by Senators James Seward and Joseph Griffo.
“State and local law enforcement agencies and emergency services have
increasingly relied on the use of dogs for assistance in crime
solving, rescue and recovery operations. These animals serve the
people of New York State through the use of their keen senses. In
addition, State and local police and the emergency services invest a
great deal of time and resources in the training of these crime and
recovery assistants. The loss or injury of a police animal is not only
a loss to the police or emergency services department but also the
citizens of New York.”
The bill did receive unanimous support last year, but did not progress. On Mar. 14, S.1079 advanced to the third reading. A companion bill sponsored by Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski from Rockland County has also been introduced.
Sadness and tears overwhelmed even the most stoic FBI agents and New York State policeman as Ape, the two-year-old Czech German shepherd was honored at a solemn memorial ceremony on Monday at the Quantico training base; the very place where his short life began.
For anyone wondering how Ape earned his name, the initials A.P.E. is the acronym for Aerial Protection Expert. Ape lived up to his name. According to wktv.com,
“Special Agent Ann Todd told NEWSChannel 2 that, “Ape was initially named based on his appearance and personality. He was handsome, playful, and extremely personable. Ape was very talented, excelled in every aspect of the training, and quickly rose to the top of his class. He was truly a star and shined in so many ways.”
The K-9 officer made the ultimate sacrifice as he protected his human’s life during a 20 hour standoff in Herkimer, N.Y. at the Glory Days bar on North Main St. in Herkimer. The K-9 was shot by the suspect Kurt Meyers. Authorities then shot back killing Meyers. Ape was wearing a ballistic vest. The vest was removed as police administered CPR to Ape when he was being transferred to an emergency vet hospital.
A Facebook memorial page honors Ape and the four civilians killed by the tragic rampage of Meyers. For more information about the memorial, please click here.
Rest in peace Ape. You will be remembered.
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