NYPD K-9s grace the pages of new calendar

Members of the NYPD's K-9 unit are the stars of the first-ever calendar published by the New York City Police Foundation

By Diane C. Lore
Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — He's sweet, he's loving, but on the job he's all business.

K-9 Timoshenko, named after slain Staten Island Officer Russel Timoshenko, is featured as "Mr. January" in the newly-released 2017 NYPD K-9 Unit dog calendar.

"Timmy thinks it's no big deal that he's Mr. January," tweeted his partner, NYPD Detective Benny Colecchio of Pleasant Plains.

Timoshenko has been helping to solve crimes as part of the K-9 unit for over five years.

Tatyana Timoshenko, mother of the slain officer, attended the promotion ceremony in September, where both Colecchio and K-9 Timoshenko, who is nicknamed Timmy, received a gold detective shield. Mrs. Timoshenko put a detective's shield on the canine's collar during the ceremony at 1 Police Plaza.

Russel Timoshenko was one of two officers shot during a routine traffic stop in Brooklyn in July 9, 2007. He died five days after the attack.

Members of the NYPD's K9 unit are the stars of the first-ever calendar published by the New York City Police Foundation, a nonprofit that raises money and conducts research on behalf of the NYPD.

In addition to "Timmy" as Mr. January, other dogs in the K-9 unit are pictured on the job, with tasks including sniffing for bombs and tracking down missing persons.

The police foundation is sending copies of the 13-month calendar, which runs through January 2018, to contributors who donate at least $20.

That money will "directly benefit new and ongoing NYPD programs and initiatives," according to the organization's website.
(c)2017 Staten Island Advance, N.Y.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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