The Estherville Police Department would like to let everyone know that it has honored fallen K-9 Officer Max with a monument to be placed in the Emmet County Law Enforcement Center north of the main entrance. The monument was purchased through a memorial donation from Henry-Olson Funeral Homes to honor the late Max for his service to the Estherville Police Department.
Max was initially purchased through generous donations by area citizens and businesses. In his three-plus years on the street, Max and K-9 Handler, Matt Reineke, assisted in the confiscation of $59,000 worth of illegal drugs, two vehicles involved in illegal drug activity and $3,500 in cash from suspected drug dealers. Max also assisted in looking for missing persons and the apprehension of fleeing suspects. The reputations of Officer Reineke and Max were well known throughout Northwest Iowa as a being impressive and accurate, as the team worked with many agencies and the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force.
Max died on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, following a short illness caused by a disease known as immune mediated hemolytic anemia. Local veterinarians as well as doctors from the Sioux Falls, S.D., Emergency Hospital used all methods possible to save Max, but were unable to stop the disease.
Craig Christensen of Henry-Olson Funeral Homes and Officer Matt Reineke stand next to the monument honoring K-9 Officer Max. The monument will be placed to the left of the main entrance of the Emmet County Law Enforcement Center.
EDN photo by David Swartz
Following the death of Max, the Estherville Police Department once again called upon the area citizens for financial assistance in an attempt to replace him. The people overwhelmingly came together and with the assistance of KILR Radio and a radio-thon, the police department raised well over the needed $5,000 to assist in the purchase of a new dog.
The police department purchased another dog, named "Max" in December of 2011. The new Max is a yellow Labrador retriever that is very active. Since his swear in date, Officer Reineke and Max have been involved in the seizure of $3,050 worth of marijuana, an eighth of an ounce of heroine, and a half gram of cocaine. They also assisted in the location of stolen tools during a track during the investigation of a burglary.