New Franklin Co. Sheriff’s office K9 belonged to deputy who died last year

Deputy Steven Choy, left, with his dog Gator. After Choy died, his wife wanted Gator to become a police K9 in his memory. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office recently hired Gator as their new police K9. (CREDIT: Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Facebook)

FRANKLIN CO., OH (WCMH) — Last year, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputy Steven Choy suffered a heart attack while jogging, and passed away.

After Choy died, his wife wanted his beloved Dutch shepherd Gator to become a police K9 in his memory. Gator was trained and now has a new assignment. The deputy and corporal who picked him out didn’t know it at the time, but Gator will serve the same office as his owner.

“In total coincidence, or possibly by fate,” the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says it recently hired him as the office’s new K9.

“Welcome home Gator,” the FCSO posted on Facebook. “We know your dad is very proud as you walk in his footsteps. His memory will live on through your service to the citizens of Franklin County. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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