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Hackettstown Police mourns unexpected loss of K-9 Jada

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – The Hackettstown Police Department is mourning the unexpected death of K-9 Jada.

K-9 Jada was working Wednesday night with her handler when she had a medical emergency, police said.

Jada was rushed to a veterinary clinic where she passed in the company of her handler Officer Christopher Laver, police said.

Jada was a Belgian Malinois who was just 5 years old. She joined the HPD on July 14, 2016, police said.

Jada became certified on May 11, 2017 in detecting narcotics, missing persons, lost items and weapons.

In November 2019, the Hackettstown Police Department won its first ever K-9 grant from Aftermath Services. Officer Laver and K-9 Jada garnered the fourth-most votes of any law enforcement agency in the country and won a $2,000 grant.

“Please keep Officer Laver and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this very tough time. Jada will be deeply missed by all of us here and will never be forgotten,” police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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