It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of K9 Storm. Storm was one of the founding members of our K9 Unit and served the Department fearlessly from 2012-2019 before retiring.
We had the opportunity to sit down with Storm’s dad and partner, PO Brian Johnson who shared some of his memories about Storm’s career and life after retirement.
Storm became my partner and a part of my family in the Spring of 2012. He was born in Czechoslovakia and arrived in the States at the age of 15 months.
We attended Yonkers Police K9 Training School and received K9 Patrol Certification in Spring of 2012. After basic certification Storm was certified in Explosive Detection at MTA Police Explosive Detection School in the fall of that same year.
Storm and I were partners for many years and we handled hundreds of calls for service. I remember the time when Storm searched down and apprehended an attempted larceny suspect who had fled from the Chase Bank on Mamaroneck Avenue and hid in a wooded area nearby. Storm was everyone’s hero that day.
Storm was part of the Department’s Special Response Team and was utilized in search warrant executions and also provided explosive detection sweeps for several prominent figures such as:
- Speaker of the House – Nancy Pelosi
- CIA Director – Mike Pompeo
- President of Rwanda – Paul Kagame
- DHS Director – Jeh Johnson
- Musician – Lenny Kravitz
Storm retired from service in March of 2019 at the age of 8.