August 7, 2006 – February 4, 2019
It is with great sadness that the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office acknowledges the death of K9 Officer, JAK. Due to health issues and the amount of pain he was enduring, JAK was gently allowed to cross over that bridge on Monday February 4, 2019.
JAK, a Belgian Malinois, served for 7 years at the Sheriff’s Office with his handler, Corporal Roy McKenzie. JAK started his career with the Chapin South Carolina Police Department where he served for 4 years. He came to work at the Sheriff’s Office in 2011 and retired in December of 2018. JAK was very compassionate in his work. He was trained to locate and apprehend fleeing or resistant suspects and find and recover items of evidentiary value. He was often seen interacting with students at many Oconee County schools for demonstrations or career days.
JAK was the only K9 in the history of the Sheriff’s Office to successfully figure out a way to get out of his kennel. After unlocking his kennel by unknown means, he was found 27 hours later. JAK was a force to be reckoned with and was feared by every violent suspect he encountered.
Not only was JAK a member of the Sheriff’s Office but was also very devoted to his handler and the McKenzie family. When not at work he was constantly protecting his family at home. JAK will be cremated and his ashes will be spread all over the county where he worked and lived.
End of Watch February 4, 2019. Rest Easy JAK, we’ve got it from here.