We would like to take a moment to extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the family of Dispatcher Cathy Coppes. Cathy was tragically killed when she was struck by an impaired driver while she was riding her motorcycle in Northern Arizona.
Cathy was a long time Chandler PD employee and was often the voice you would hear when you’d call dispatch. Friends and co-workers describe her passion for finding joy in life and she will be greatly missed by many. May you Rest In Peace Cathy.
Member of the Communications Section Killed in Off-duty Traffic Collision
K9 Bronco has had a distinguished career with the Chandler Police Department as a dual purpose, Patrol and Narcotics police dog for over 5 years of service. Bronco was imported from the Netherlands and was purchased by the Chandler Police Department in 2012.
Unexpectedly, at 4:00 am on October 24th 2017, Bronco had a massive seizure in his kennel at home. 12 more excruciating seizures followed in the short time before he was rushed to a veterinarian. Bronco’s vet, who specializes in working dogs, was able to get the seizures under control before Bronco was rushed to the Animal Neurology & Imaging Center for an emergency MRI scan. The MRI determined Bronco had a tumor on the frontal lobe of his brain. The treatment plan is a week long and very expensive. Bronco’s prognosis looks great with treatment. Bronco was subsequently forced into retirement, and into the care of Officer Berner, his handler. As a result, a fundraiser is underway to ensure Bronco receives lifesaving care which will allow him to resume a normal and active life in retirement.
Please help us help K-9 Bronco by giving him the best chance of survival so he can live out the rest of his life enjoying retirement.