After nearly four years of service, the Marshalltown Police Department's K-9 officer Creasy has died.
An embolism Creasy suffered earlier this year sidelined him from police work and eventually overtook Sgt. Kiel Stevenson's partner Tuesday night.
Creasy borrows his name from Denzel Washington's character in the movie "Man on Fire." Washington's character sacrifices his life to save an innocent girl. Much like the character, Creasy served as a stalwart protector, fighting to regain his ability to serve right up until his death.
K-9 Creasy is shown here at the 2009 United States Police Canine Association National Field trials in Detroit Lakes, Minn. After nearly four years with the Marshalltown Police Department, Creasy died Tuesday from complications suffered from an embolism earlier this year.
"It was a sad day for us yesterday," said Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper. "Creasy was an important part of this police department. We lost a good friend and good partner."
Creasy, a Czech-bred shepherd, was a sociable dog who reveled in the many demonstrations he and Stevenson did for children and community groups. Additionally, he was instrumental in removing hundreds of dollars in drugs from the street.
Creasy lived with Stevenson and his family.
Tupper said while Creasy's death was difficult on everyone at the MPD, for Stevenson it was liking losing a member of his family.
He was unavailable for comment at press time.
Just a couple weeks prior to his injury, Creasy assisted Grundy County Sheriff's deputies in locating a suspect who allegedly assaulted a deputy. And it wasn't the only time Creasy helped find a suspect. Over the course of his short career, Creasy helped locate dozens of hidden suspects.
The death of Creasy leaves the MPD with only one K-9 unit - Sgt. Melinda Ruopp's partner K-9 Awol. Since Awol has a degenerative muscle disease, the MPD is seeking money to replace Creasy and eventually Awol as his retirement nears.
While the MPD is closing in on its initial $20,000 goal, its long-term goal is $60,000, Tupper said. The department can use all the help it can get.
To donate money to aid the MPD with replacing Creasy and Awol, send a check payable to the Marshalltown Police Department to 22 N. Center St., Marshalltown, Iowa 50158. Write "K-9 fund" in the memo line.