Omaha Police K-9 Named In Memory Of Fallen Officer
By: Melina MatthesMMatthes@kptm.comOMAHA (kptm) - Monday the Omaha Police Department showed off its newest K-9's and one the dogs was given a very special name. The 19-month-old Belgian Malinois is named Tye. He's the newest and youngest K-9 on the force and he was named after fallen police Sergeant Jason "Tye" Pratt. "I just thought it would be a good honor to name the dog tye and remember him." Officer Jodi Sautter knew and worked alongside Sergeant Pratt. She remembers vividly the night he was shot. "I'll never forget where I was when I got the call that Tye had been shot and I'll never forget the funeral or the visits at the hospital so I know it's been 10 years but sometimes, you know those of us that were here when it happened, we just don't forget." When she found out she was getting a dog, she knew immediately its name would be Tye. In her mind it was a chance to honor her friend. "That was really special to us. Most people in the community know him as Jason and they don't know that his family and friends called him Tye so to name him Tye was a really cool thing. We're really honored and privileged that she wanted to do that," Pratt's wife, Stacy, said. "It's just another way of them showing how much they respect and that they'll be there for us and I am really grateful for that," Pratt's daughter, Madison, said. Officer Sautter said Tye is the fastest K-9 on the squad and his work ethic reminds her of Sergeant Pratt. "His traits areit sounds funny but he's real playful, he makes you laugh because he's just goofy and runs around but then when it's time to work he's on point and its exactly how Jason was when he worked. I mean he was always goofing around at roll call or making everyone laugh and then when it was time to go hit the streets he was serious and he did his job well." Omaha Police say service dog Tye is trained and certified in narcotics detection and patrol work. He completed an intensive 16 week basic police dog camp where he learned how to track and find suspects as well as evidence. "Like" Melina on Facebook and follow her on Twitter to stay connected.