SPOKANE, Wash.--The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office K9, Ekko Grunheide, retired on March 1 after almost six years of dedicated service.
Ekko conducted 80 building searches, 48 tracks, 44 “other” applications, 35 SWAT operations, 31 captures, 78 felony arrests, 15 misdemeanor arrests, 257 narcotics searches and 357 narcotics finds while assigned to patrol.
Ekko was born on September 1, 2006. He started his service with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in May2008 and was assigned to Deputy John Cook, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Ekko was Deputy Cook’s third K9 partner.
Ekko and Deputy Cook were patrol accredited per the Washington State Administrative Code in June of 2008 and they received their narcotics accreditation in August of 2008, according to the Sheriff’s Office. In 2011, K9 Ekko and Deputy Cook began training with the Spokane County Sheriff’s SWAT Team and became the first Spokane County Sheriff’s K9 team to be cross-trained for SWAT operations.
In his retirement, Ekko has been adopted by Deputy Cook and his family.