I’m having an extremely difficult time sleeping ~ all because of something I discovered regarding K9 Bak, the deceased officer from Stephen’s County Sheriff’s Dept. in Duncan OK. On November 4, 2016,  I wrote a lengthy post on the horrific way this loyal six  year veteran died called The Tragedy of K9 Bak… which went into great detail about the circumstances of his death, or in his case, murder.

But my insomnia isn’t from thinking about how K9 Bak died but rather, the events surrounding the memorial service the community organized  as a way of honoring his life, something  I closed my original post with. Last night a few details came to light.

Since the Stephen’s County Sheriff’s Department had not made any type of memorial arrangements yet, a member of the community took the initiative and began making plans for a community memorial. It was to be held on the East Side of the Stephen’s County Courthouse (the Sheriff’s Department is located within the same building). The reason for this is there is a monument on the East Side that is a tribute to fallen officers. It was scheduled for 10 am on September 6.

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Stephen’s County Courthouse

Sheriff Wayne McKinney told the Duncan Banner why his department would not be doing a memorial for K9 Bak at this time. Since the Duncan Banner only allows a few views before locking one out until you subscribe, I copied their article to a document with a sharable link.

Community hosting memorial for K9 Bak

On August 31, one of the organizers announced that the  memorial service had to be relocated from the courthouse to the local park which is one half mile away. The reason? “Changed location to Duncan Park. Sheriff up for reelection so can’t be honoring this officer at the courthouse. Hmmmm”. I checked the election results only to find that Sheriff McKinney did win however the election was June 28. My turn to say “Hmmmm”. For whatever reason the organizers had to move the location.

K9 Bak’s EOW was August 5, 2016. His former handler, Matthew Peck,  was terminated immediately. Some details of K9 Bak’s death and Sheriff Wayne McKinney’s response are in this video report from NBC4i from August 27.

On August 29, Peck was charged with one (1) count of felony animal cruelty.

On September 6 as promised community members had a small but lovely memorial for K9 Bak that brought tears to my eyes. I didn’t see a uniform presence in any of the photos and one of the attendees said “It would have been nice to have some police support”. Perhaps they were in street clothes?

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Bless this comminity!

In closing, sadly this is not a video of K9 Bak however  I wish he had been remenbered by his “family” like this. Perhaps they will ….someday. After all, he was a loyal BlueDog.

5 thoughts on “Insomnia Over a K9 Death…

  1. 0k I don’t want to be crass ONLY out of respect for the dog. Obviously by the time Peck had sentenced him to death by leaving him in a burning oven for 36 hours K9 Bak’s body was not in any condition to have a service befitting a K9 officer who served that freaking dept for 6 years!! But NOBODY can convince me that that sheriff couldn’t have organised something! This is BS and there’s more going in here or its true that the southern states don’t give a damn about K9’s. Just another tool they use. This is infuriating and why do I have a feeling Peck is going to get off easy? Oh yeah I know why. I googled the rat and see that his whole family is law enforcement in that area.

  2. K9 Bak’s death is one of the worst things I’ve ever read. Im anxious to see if he gets away with it considering Big Daddy with State Police and brothers are LEOs. How convenient that he was deployed just before trial too. I don’t even know what to say about the SO and them not doing a memorial because of impeding invstigation. Considered what Peck did to his PARTNER, not like a huge crime scene to process.

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