K9 Gator is also a drug dog have located 15 kilos of cocaine already this year and thousands of dollars in drug money and multiple car seizures due to his location of felony amounts of drugs inside them.
This duo have received many commendations over the years. Their biggest was when they helped on the Cherish Periwinkle case. Cherish was abducted late in the evening from a local Walmart on June 21, 2013. As Officer Walker walked to Gators kennel the morning of the 22nd he heard the amber alert go out over the radio. He knew then they would spend their day searching for her. They looked for her all morning and later on they were advised that the suspect’s van had been spotted on I-95 and was being followed by other officers.
Walker and Gator were dispatched to intercept them on I-95 as it was approaching down town.
As we ordered the suspect from the van Officer Walker handcuffed him and passed him off to another officer so that Gator could search the suspect’s van. No one was inside the van.
They were then advised of an area on the north side where the van had been seen behind a church. They responded to the area and deployed Gator on an a track. Gator tracked immediately to an area near a creek. We located her remains in less than 10 minutes from the time we arrived.
They say the K9 and his handler’s personalities run up and down the leash and they become more and more alike as time goes on. Officer Walker and K9 Gator are definitely a perfect match for each other.