K9 Nate and K9 Handler Officer Sean McCreary
Age: 8 years old
Breed: German Shepherd that was imported from Holland
Start Date: 2012
K9 Nate was graciously donated to the Cape Coral Police Department by Rich and Debbie Burnfield in honor of their late son Nathan Burnfield who was killed in the line of duty on a traffic stop in South Strabane Township, Washington, PA. Nathan Burnfield always wanted to be a K9 handler and because of that the Burnfields only asked that the dog be named after their son and that is why his name is “Nate”.
K9 Nate was first certified by the National Police Canine Association in December of 2012 and has not missed a day of work since. K9 Nate completed over 1200 vehicle sniffs. With over 800 of them finding narcotics and over 360 arrests. K9 Nate has completed over 60 tracks with numerous finds of suspects or missing and endangered people. K9 Nate has 15 criminal apprehensions.
One of K9 Nate’s greatest finds was at Caloosa Elementary School on August 11th, 2016. K9 Nate and Ofc. McCreary responded to a disturbance at the Caloosa Field involving two males and a firearm. One of the males involved displayed a firearm during Pop Warner Football practice causing a huge panic of over 200 parents, players and coaches. Once the scene was secure it was learned the male in question threw the firearm by the concession stand. After approximately an hour later K9 Nate was deployed for an article search. With-in about 15 minutes K9 Nate located and downed on weeds and bushes at the basketball courts in the Caloosa Elementary property. Laying in the bushes was the missing firearm that was fully loaded and would have most definitely been found by a student the next day during school.
When K9 Nate is not busy working, he participates in public demonstrations for kids, adults and the elderly.
K9 Nate is a huge asset to the Cape Coral Police Department and the citizens of Cape Coral and he loves his job.
K9 Handler - Officer Sean McCreary
Officer since 2007
K9 Handler since 2012
As a life long Cape Coral resident K9 Officer McCreary only wanted to work for CCPD. K9 Officer McCreary has numerous unit citations and 2 life-saving awards. However, he says his greatest achievement was being awarded the 2017 Rotary Clubs K9 of the Year with his K9 partner Nate.
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