Monroe Area High School student Jaedynn Gibbs has been a supporter of Walton County’s Sgt. Eika, even before this top K-9 officer received her promotion. Eika was promoted to the rank of Sergeant recently after being named 2019 K9 of the year by the Georgia Police K9 Foundation. Jaedynn helped earn Eika the honor by sharing the photo that had her pitted against more than 100 other K9 officers in the state competition. And in honor of the win, and the subsequent promotion, Jaedynn made a charcoal drawing of Eika and presented it to Eika’s trainer and partner, Walton County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Frazier.
“He is going to hang it up in her corner at his house,” Jaedyn said. The 17-year-old MAHS senior met Eika and her trainer recently and has a photograph with the pride of WCSO’s K-9 unit to show for it.
Although she has had an interest in art for the past 3 1/2 years, Jaedynn said she doesn’t plan on doing anything with it when she leaves school. However, she was happy to use it now to honor Walton County’s Top Dog.
Sgt. Eika (pronounced IKE-A) along with her trainer, was featured as a Hometown Hero by Countryside Veterinary Services in 2017 when she first signed on with the WCSO.