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Jamestown Police Department mourns loss of K-9

Officer Erik Kraft of the Jamestown Police Department pictured with K-9 Promber in July 2019. P-J file photo

The Jamestown Police Department is mourning the loss of K-9 Promber, a member of the department since 2019 and named after a former officer.

The German shepherd died suddenly Saturday, though no details were immediately known. Officer Erik Kraft was K-9 Promber’s handler, and took ownership around the time JPD retired K-9 Mitchell in the summer of 2019.

K-9 Promber underwent training for human tracking, having already gone through similar exercises for patrolling necessary for all K-9 units who ride with their handlers to a variety of situations and emergencies. The German shepherd also went through narcotics detection training.

Kraft discussed his new partner in a profile that ran in the July 21, 2019, edition of The Post-Journal.

“The timing that we got (K-9 Promber) was the same time that Det. Steve Promber had passed away,” Kraft said at the time, “and it was the right thing to do because Det. Promber was a narcotics detective with the department and was also a part-time member in Ellicott.”

Promber died suddenly in March 2019.

The decision to name K-9 Promber was a group one, Kraft said in July of last year. He noted that Promber was outgoing and “full of life,” traits he said he already sees in his new partner.

News of K-9 Promber’s passing spread Saturday on social media.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Erik Kraft and the Jamestown Police Department as they mourn the sudden loss of K-9 Promber early this morning,” the Fredonia Police Department said in a statement on Facebook. “K-9 Promber joined the JPD last year and was partnered with Officer Kraft. Promber was named in honor of retired JPD Detective Stephen Promber, who passed unexpectedly in March of 2019 due to a medical emergency. In his brief tenure with the JPD, K-9 Promber was an integral part of the department and involved in numerous searches and operations. His presence, though only felt for a short time, was lasting and will be remembered & honored forever.”

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