The Easton Police Department has restarted their K9 Unit. The town's newest police dog, TJ, reported for duty yesterday. The 16-month-old German shepherd will be partnered with Officer Tamra French. The Easton Courier reports that T.J. was named for Staff Sgt. Todd “T.J.” Lobraico Jr.
(Frank Reda and Jimmy Loomer of Superior K-9 Services dropped off K9 T.J. to Officer French)
The New Fairfield man was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2013. The Courier reports that when a military dog signaled the approaching enemy, Lobraico pushed the dog and its handler out of harm's way.
Lobraico’s father worked with Easton Police Chief Tim Shaw in the Stamford Police Department.
K9 Chase, who served 10 years with Officer French, retired in 2013.
A $40,000 grant from the estate of a Kenneth and Ann Gleszer, of Danbury, enabled the department to restart the K9 program. Grants were made to 10 police departments and the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association.