ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – For a decade, K-9 Tyront, a Belgian Malinois police service dog, worked with Kane County Sheriff's Sgt. Nick Wolf.
In a 2011 story in the Kane County Chronicle, Wolf said Tyront does daily training in elevators, escalators, schools, hospitals, woods, water, the Fox River, vehicles, neighborhoods, parking lots and fields – to keep him ready for anything.
Tyront died Aug. 13, when he suffered a massive seizure and had to be put down, Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain said.
“According to the vet, he was completely incapacitated and would not make any sort of recovery,” Hain said. “He was 11 years old and Nick handled him for 10 years.”
According to the sheriff’s Facebook posting, “Tyront was easily one of the hardest working and most intense K9’s we have ever had. He was responsible for hundreds of drug seizures and violent criminal apprehensions."
“Thank you for your service, Tyront,” according to the posting. “You won’t be forgotten.”
Tyront was certified in narcotics detection, tracking, building searches, evidence recovery, suspect apprehension and handler protection.
Hain recalled that in 2016, Wolf and Tyront tracked a suspect in an officer-involved shooting in Aurora and successfully located him.
And in July, Wolf and Tyront assisted the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office in a search for suspects in a home invasion in which the victims had been shot.
“Sgt. Wolf responded with Tyront and they successfully tracked one of the offenders and took him into custody,” Hain said.
Wolf was searching for a new K-9 because Tyront was getting old enough to retire, Hain said. “They retire and go home with their handler.”
Hain said he was planning to have create a memorial for deputies and K-9 officers who had died, but that was a project for his second year as sheriff.
But there are other ways to memorialize K-9 officers like Tyront until then, such as the Kane County Sheriff K-9 Fund, which people can donate to, Hain said.
Donations can be sent to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, 37W755 Route 38, St. Charles, IL 60175, designating that it is for the K-9 fund, Hain said.
“We have some very generous donors,” Hain said. “We have over $50,000 in it.”