The Linn County Sheriff’s Office K9, Gompie, is retiring after 9 ½ years of service.
Gompie joined the Linn County Sheriff’s Office in August of 2009 and was partnered with Deputy Kevin Louis. Gompie, now 12 years old, is a Belgian Malinois. He is a dual purpose patrol and narcotics detection dog that was born in Holland in 2007 and was trained at Vohne Liche Kennels in Indiana.
Gompie was involved in several arrests throughout his career, with one of the most notable in 2012. Deputy Louis and Gompie were searching storage garages when Gompie alerted to the presence of narcotics on a storage unit door. A search warrant was completed for the storage unit and inside was 24 pounds of high grade marijuana that was sealed in plastic bags and sealed in a larger garbage bag several feet away from the door.
Gompie also participated in the K9 Olympics in Indiana and placed in the top 5 in the Hard Dog Fast Dog competition 2 years in a row.
Gompie enjoyed a long successful career for a police K9, battling through a possible career ending injury in 2013. In August of 2013, Deputy Louis noticed that Gompie was favoring one of his rear legs and he was having trouble getting in and out of the patrol vehicle. Veterinarians found Gompie had a bone spur on his spine that was pinching a nerve that affected his mobility. At the time of the injury, it was doubtful that Gompie would return to duty. Surgery was performed at Iowa State University and remarkably Gompie returned to work 2 months after surgery.
The Linn County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Deputy Louis and K9 Gompie for their commitment and dedication to the citizens of Linn County and the Sheriff’s Office. Gompie will live with Deputy Louis and the Louis family.
(photo courtesy of Linn County Sheriff’s Office)