K9 Rik Memorial
Breed: Blegian Malinois
Date: June 5, 2002
In a tragic turn of events, K9 Rik valiantly gave his life while bravely attempting to apprehend Kieth Hescock who had abducted Megan, a 14-year-old girl. Megan managed to escape from her captor and courageously provided authorities with vital information about the subject's identity. Responding swiftly, law enforcement obtained a warrant for the man's arrest, prompting the mobilization of a dedicated SWAT team.
After a relentless pursuit spanning three counties, the subject attempted to flee on foot, Rik pursued him, displaying unwavering determination. Tragically, while apprehending the suspect, Rik was struck by a bullet and killed. Hescock, resorting to the use of a firearm, cowardly shot both Rik and Sergeant Todd Raymond.
In the face of this devastating loss, the law enforcement community stood united. Deputies, Jim Shiffler and Brian Lovell, undeterred by the harrowing situation, promptly returned fire, hitting the subject multiple time. He then turned his gun on himself, taking his own life.
Let us honor the memory of K9 Rik, a true hero who selflessly laid down his life to safeguard others. May his courage and sacrifice continue to inspire us all, reminding us of the extraordinary lengths that those in uniform go to protect and defend our communities.
You can leave a reflection for K9 Rik on his memorial page at https://www.odmp.org/k9/1553-k9-rik