Trumbull police announce fully-funded K9 program

Trumbull Police K9 Cyrus last month after discovering 12 bricks of heroin.
Trumbull Police K9 Cyrus last month after discovering 12 bricks of heroin.

The Trumbull Police Department will be able to replace K9 Cyrus, who passed away unexpectedly on June 14.

Chief Michael Lombardo confirmed that the department's K9 program was fully funded in a letter thanking the Trumbull community Wednesday, July 13.

"I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this cause, especially Maureen Reid of the Mobile Veterinary Hospital," he said.

"From the day of Cyrus’ passing, Maureen informed the Police Department that she would undertake a fund-raising initiative for a replacement for our beloved Cyrus," he added. "Police Commissioners John Vazzano and Angelo Magliocco also created a fund-raising project, raising a significant amount of donations to support the Department."

In his letter, Chief Lombardo also thanked the officers in his department, First Selectman Tim Herbst, members of town boards, residents and the entire Trumbull community for the outpouring of support that Officer Richard Carlson — Cyrus' handler — and his family received.

The department's other K9 handler is Officer Greg Lee, who works with K9 Storm.

In 2010, the Trumbull Police Department reestablished the K-9 unit.

"At the time, Officer Carlson and Cyrus were chosen as a K9 team," Chief Lombardo said. "Several years later, Officer Lee and Storm joined the program. K9’s are trained to find missing people, search for suspects and in drug detection."

He acknowledged that both officers Carlson and Lee, along with Cyrus and Storm, have been successful in all areas of their responsibilities.

"We should be very proud of the work they do," he added. 

According to Chief Lombardo, a prime example of their success was when Officer Carlson and Cyrus assisted the Connecticut State Police in finding 12.5 kilos of heroin, which has a street value of approximately $1 million dollars.

"Once again, I thank each of you for your support of the Trumbull Police Department in this very necessary area of law enforcement," the police chief concluded in his letter.

"It is our goal to provide the highest level of professional police services to the Trumbull community," he said.  "I wish each of you and your families a safe and enjoyable summer."