Monday, June 5th was a very sad day for officer Caleb Neil and the entire Cobb law enforcement family. Blue Thanksgiving was at the Active Shooter Training at Alatoona High School preparing to feed officers, when the energetic and positive day came crashing down when we learned that K9 Chase could not be saved. Our hearts go out to officer Neil and his family who are grieving this loss.
Officer Neil and his wife, Samantha have both been a part of our Thanksgiving Day meal project and have helped deliver meals to on duty officers in Cobb with us each year. We consider them members of our Blue Thanksgiving family and are heartbroken for them.
The story as posted on media outlets from the Cobb County Police Department read as follows:
On June 5, 2023, K9 Chase passed away in the line of duty. Chase was a Belgian malinois born in Hungary on August 13, 2018. Chase began his career with the Cobb County Police Department in April 2020 with his handler K9 Officer Neill.
Chase was a dual-purpose K9 trained for narcotics detection, criminal apprehension, tracking, building searches, and evidence recovery. Chase seized thousands of dollars worth of illegal narcotics, with numerous arrests and apprehensions.
Chase was named after fallen Locust Grove Police Officer Chase Maddox, who died in the line of duty on February 9, 2018, just months before K9 Chase was born.
K9 Chase was in his kennel when the air conditioning system malfunctioned in Officer Neill’s patrol vehicle. Preliminary information indicates that other safety systems did not properly activate and the temperature quickly rose in the vehicle.
K9 Chase was found unresponsive in the patrol vehicle by K9 Officer Neill. Life-saving measures were started by Officer Neill, other Cobb Officers, and Cobb County Fire personnel (also attending the active shooter training); K9 Chase was then transported to a nearby emergency veterinarian clinic. But the efforts were not enough to save him, and he succumbed to his heat-related injuries.
K9 Chase was a beloved officer of the Cobb County Police Department and will forever be missed by us all.