Franklin K-9 Officer Passes Away


K9 “Chill” was a nine year old German Shepherd working dog.  He was born in the Czech Republic where he began his Law Enforcement training.  He was trained for almost a year then moved to North Carolina with Triangle K-9 LLC.  We were able to purchase Chill with drug seizure money from crimes committed in this county.  Deputy Seahorn was selected to be the K-9 Handler for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and went through extensive training in North Carolina with Chill for several weeks. After working together for 6 years, Seahorn transferred to Investigations and Deputy Matt Weeks was chosen to become Chill's new handler. Deputy Weeks and Chill went through several weeks of training in Northwest Mississippi in order to acclimate Chill to his new handler and to teach Deputy Weeks the commands Chill had learned in his previous and present training. Chill was trained and certified in Narcotics Detection, Criminal Apprehension and Search and Rescue Tracking.

Since joining the Sheriff’s Office, Chill had found and apprehended numerous suspects that fled from the Sheriff’s Deputies and other surrounding agencies.  He had assisted in the arrest of criminals in Franklin and neighboring counties.  Some of his busts include a pound of illegal drugs that were brought into the county being prepared for sale on our streets until being intercepted by Chill and the offender was arrested.  His finds also include multiple street level drug seizures.

Chill was diagnosed in 2019 with cancer and unfortunately succumbed to the illness on July 19, 2020. Chill was a staple of the community and loved by the children in the county schools. Chill made multiple visits a year to see the students and help build a relationship between the youth and law enforcement, as well as helping check the schools for safety. Chill could bring a smile to anyone, stopping by the office to see the staff or helping comfort a child that had a traumatic experience, he would always make the saddest of days better. Deputy Chill will be greatly missed by our family and his faithful service to our community will never be forgotten.

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27 Jul 2020

By Press Release