Tribute to a K-9 Hero

Over the years, we have been honored to make our vehicles and facilities available to law enforcement officers for training exercises. Possibly one of the most amazing drills to watch in action featured an elite group of K-9 officers, who specialized in explosives detection.

k-9 bomb dogs training exercise at Omnitrans - photographer Juno Kughler Carlson
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Detective Brad Phillips and Jojo during a training exercise in the Omnitrans bus yard in 2014.

Detective Brad Phillips of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and his partner Jojo were one of several K-9 teams who participated in a series of training exercises held at our East Valley bus yard back in 2014. Earlier this month, Jojo died in the line of duty during a warehouse search.

In a letter posted to Facebook, Detective Phillips paid tribute to his partner and best friend:

“. . .Jojo was the only explosive dog in San Bernardino County. He did many amazing things in his short life including finding buried and hidden guns, tracking and exposing wanted felons, and identifying explosive devices. His greatest day of valor came on December 2, 2015 when 14 of our county employees were massacred by two attackers determined to cause the greatest possible amount of death and destruction. Jojo searched for over 10 consecutive hours. . .and ensured that the room was secured.”

Jojo was a brilliant K-9 officer who worked tirelessly to help keep our County safe. We are grateful for his service. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Detective Phillips for the loss of his partner.

San Bernardino Sheriff’s Detective Brad Phillips and Omnitrans Security & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Mark Crosby.

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