I'm close enough to Herkimer to have been interested in the outcome and, when I read the news that he had shot and killed the dog, I felt so sad. My sympathies go out to the families of the dead and Ape's handler.
Ape is the first K9 who will receive special honors from The United States Honor Flag.
Locally, the Herkimer County Humane Society is dedicating their annual Mutt Strutt to Ape and the Herkimer Police have set up a fund toward a local memorial.
My mother works in a building that is directly across the street from the back of the building the Kurt Myers was hiding in. Her building was on lock down and all the personnel were moved into areas out of direct line of sight. My brothers live a couple blocks from the two scenes in Mohawk. My daughter, niece and nephew were in schools that were locked down. For 23 hours there was fear in my household, in our valley, and in a large area of the state. Every local police force was on scene as well as County Sherrifs, State Troopers, FBI, Federal Marshals and likely others that I'm forgetting. There were several K9 units. I'm thankful for every single one of them.