A memorial service was held at the Sheriff’s Academy to honor and remember Bomb K9 Jojo who passed away January 6, 2016 after a training accident. Sheriff John McMahon and Specialized Enforcement Division Captain Hector Gomez opened the ceremony by saying a few words about Jojo’s hard work and dedication. “Our K-9’s are vital partners in our department, with their assistance we are able to solve crimes, keep our citizens safe, and find people who need our help,” said Sheriff John McMahon.
Jojo had dual duties as an explosives detection and tracking K9, a rarity among detection dogs. Born in Czechoslovakia, Jojo started with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 2013 following extensive training at Vohne Liche Kennels. His abilities to track and detect were an invaluable asset to the department and the safety of the citizens of San Bernardino County.
Handler Detective Phillips and Jojo were partners for over two years and trained together on a regular basis, going out on every call together. They quickly formed a strong bond that everyone could see and they looked out for each other; more than partners, Jojo had become part of Detective Phillips’ family.
Even though Jojo was a working K-9, he was playful, gentle and loving. He attended many community events and met and greeted thousands of citizens and kids all over the county and left lasting impressions. Jojo worked thousands of hours searching and securing numerous event locations for the safety of the public; which included Angel Stadium, Citizens Business Bank Arena for the County IRC Memorial, a local high school before receiving President Obama, and the IRC Building following the December 2nd attack.
At the ceremony, Detective Phillips, and his son and daughter said their last goodbye to their partner and friend. Numerous agencies were in attendance with their K9s to pay respect to Jojo.
Jojo will be greatly missed by the Phillips family, the Specialized Enforcement Division and the rest of his law enforcement friends and family, and everyone else who had the privilege to meet him.