It is with great sadness that the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office announces the passing of K-9 Jimmy.
On Saturday afternoon, Jimmy was relaxing at home on his day off when he suddenly passed away. He was later taken to Sierra View Animal Hospital where it was discovered that he had an unsuspected medical condition called mesenteric torsion, also known as a twisting stomach of the intestines.
This eight year old German Shepherd joined the FSO in October of 2010 and was partnered with Deputy Ericka Rascon.
Jimmy was a senior K-9 and valuable part of the Sheriff’s Office during his time in service. He worked patrol, assisted the SWAT Team, helped find missing persons, apprehended wanted criminals and participated in numerous K-9 demonstrations.
One of Jimmy’s biggest career highlights happened April 19, 2014 when he saved the lives of several deputies. He and his handler, Deputy Rascon, were called to where a gunman (Francisco Alvarado-Cota) had fled in his vehicle and into a peach orchard near Muscat and Cornelia Ave.
Deputies began looking for Cota in one area, but Jimmy lead Deputy Rascon in a different direction. He quickly spotted Cota hiding in a tree as he was pointing a rifle at deputies. Jimmy alerted deputies to this potential ambush, which allowed deputies to react and protect themselves by shooting Cota. Jimmy enjoyed swimming, eating French fries and lived by the motto: Born to love, trained to serve, loyal until the end.
It has been an extremely difficult two months for the men and women of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit. The Sheriff’s Office lost K-9 Sony, a nine year old German Shepherd. Sony also unexpectedly passed away from mesenteric torsion.