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Saying Good-Bye To K-9 Iko

Posted on May 24, 2017

Story by Jacqueline Bennett  Photos courtesy of Ofr. Steven Vesco   Don’t Grieve for Me I served you well. I loved you more than you could ever tell. I am now an angel in blue. I laid my life on the line for you. I wore my badge with honor everyday to keep citizens safe and out of harm’s way. So when you see a badge worn with pride, remember their comrades and friends that have died. – author unknown     Officer Steven Vesco was joined Monday morning, May 22, by fellow first responders in Windsor, Connecticut to say good-bye to retired police K-9 Iko. It was just a few months ago that Vesco was optimistic about Iko’s prognosis for recovery following…

Saving K-9 Iko

Posted on February 20, 2017

                              By Jacqueline Bennett   Doing what is right matters to Officer Steven Vesco.   After eight years of patrolling Windsor, Connecticut with K-9 Iko at his side, on February 14 Vesco faced a moral and personal dilemma. Iko was slated to retire on February 16 but two days before, while still on the job, the canine manifested a serious injury, a herniated disc resulting in paralysis of his rear quarter.   “Immediately I called the New England Veterinary Center in Windsor,” Vesco said during a February 17 phone interview.   Medication to try and relieve compression of Iko’s spinal cord did not work. Iko was brought to Middletown…

Despite Injury, Windsor CT Police K-9 Team Wins Trophy at USPCA Celebrating 50 Years for BostonPD K-9s

Posted on June 16, 2013

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Despite an injury that threatened to keep them from competing, the K-9 team of officer Steve Vesco and his partner Iko of the Windsor, Connecticut Police Department, once again brought home a United States Police Canine Association trophy. The team finished fourth overall in criminal apprehension in the 2013 Region 4 contest. Vesco and Iko were the only team representing Connecticut in the trials which also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Boston Police Department’s K-9 unit. “I was ecstatic. I almost dropped out. But I got him through the competition,” Vesco said during an interview June 6 at the Public Safety Complex in Windsor, CT. Iko sustained an injury to a nerve in a rear leg…

Windsor Connecticut Police K-9 Team Wins First Place in Team Division at USPCA Competition

Posted on June 29, 2012

by: Jacqueline Bennett Officer Steve Vesco and his K-9 partner, Iko, brought a 1st place trophy and medallion home to the Windsor, Connecticut police department.  The K-9 team won the award at the 2012 United States Police Canine Association Region #4 K9 Field Trials. “He did well,” Vesco said of Iko during a June 27 interview at the Public Safety Complex in Windsor. Iko is a 4-year-old solid black, male, German Shephard. The USPCA event was held June 23-24 in Middleton, Massachusetts. With temperatures in the 90s on day one, some of the canines could not handle the heat and four teams dropped out, leaving a field of 26 competing teams. Day two weather conditions were also tough, morning rain gave way to…

Windsor K-9 Team to Compete in USPCA Event – Honor 25th Anniversary Fallen Milford Officer

Posted on March 30, 2012

Write-up & Photo by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb The Windsor, Connecticut Police Department K-9 team of Officer Steve Vesco and Iko will compete in the upcoming  United States Police Canine Association Region 7 Police Dog 1 field trials, that is being held in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the in the line of duty death of  a Milford, Connecticut officer. The competition is scheduled for April 13, 14 and 15 in Milford, and is being hosted by the Milford Police Department to honor the memory of Milford K-9 officer Daniel Wasson, who died  in the line of duty in April of 1987. “The hope is that a lot of Connecticut teams will attend, and a number of teams from New York are also expected,”…