NEWS RELEASE 23-027 - JUNE 21, 2023
With a heavy heart, Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman announces the death of K-9 Nox, who died unexpectedly last week due to a medical episode.
K-9 Nox, a Belgian Malinois, was born in Poland on April 12, 2014. Following his arrival in the United States, he began working with his handler, Deputy Ryan McBride, in May 2015. His devotion to duty was evident in his performance, as was his reputation, and will undoubtedly leave a lasting imprint on our agency.
In his eight-year career, K-9 Nox had over 1,900 deployments, resulting in over 50 criminal and civil apprehensions. On multiple occasions, he and Deputy McBride were selected internally by the K-9 Unit as the Handler and K-9 of the Year due largely to their successful working and off-duty relationship. Additionally, in partnership with the Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit, K-9 Nox was awarded the 27th Annual Teledyne FLIR Vision “Fang” Award for a criminal apprehension in the inter-coastal waterway.
Knowing there is no bond quite like the one shared between a law enforcement officer and their faithful K-9 partner, it is difficult to find words that clearly express our grief. We at SCSO appreciate your thoughts and prayers for the McBride family and our agency as we process this heartbreaking loss.