Walton County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Officer Eika is the latest member of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office to earn a promotion. As of this weekend, she is now K-9 officer Sgt. Eika. This promotion comes on the heals of Eika being voted 2019 K9 of the Year after going up against more than 100 other K9 officers in the state of Georgia. According to a post on the WCSO Facebook page, Sgt. Eika received the promotion in a small ceremony in Sheriff Joe Chapman’s office. When announcing her taking top honors in the K9 of the Year competition, Georgia Police K9 Foundation noted that “Eika serves her community well with numerous criminal apprehensions, continuing to seize illegal narcotics off the streets and located several weapons involved in violent crimes. She has even located a missing juvenile!”
Before Eika, WCSO had another ranked K-9 officer, Sgt. Falco, who retired in May this year to spend time at home with his WCSO trainer, Cpl. Matt Hill. Sgt. Falco also was one of the service dogs that was featured in the 2016 spring-summer issue of Walton Living Magazine.
Sgt. Eika (pronounced IKE-A) along with her trainer, WCSO Deputy Matthew Frazier, was featured as a Hometown Hero by Countryside Veterinary Services in 2017 when she first signed on with the WCSO.