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Peekskill Police & Community to honor K9 Charlie in memorial service

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K9 Charlie Photo credit: Peekskill Police Department

At noon tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17,  the Peekskill Police Department invites the entire community to a public memorial service for K-9 Charlie at the Peekskill Police Department headquarters. The City of Peekskill Police Department officially announced Charlie’s loss in a statement on January 7th on their Facebook page stating, “It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the untimely passing of our beloved K9 Charlie who succumbed to injuries sustained as the result of a tragic accident on 01/06/2024.”

 

 

K9 Charlie quickly became a beloved and extremely valuable member of the Peekskill Police Department. Charlie was the first police canine in more than 20 years when he joined his handler, Officer Anthony Nappi, in 2017, when the Peekskill Police Department restarted the Canine Unit. On January 31, 2018 Charlie officially graduated from the MTA Police Canine Training program and joined the Peekskill Police Department. Throughout his career, K9 Charlie continued training and officially became dual certified in patrol and explosives.

Barasch & McGarry - Lawyers for the 9/11 Community. The Peekskill Police Department named the newest member of their canine team after fallen Peekskill Detective Charles Wassil who passed away in 2013 from sarcoidosis, a disease he contracted while participating in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center following the September 11 attacks. The newly trained canine, Charlie, was formally named at the 2018 Canine Graduation on January 31st at Grand Central Terminal, a ceremony conducted by the MTA Police Department.

 

Charlie’s name was chosen after students of the Peekskill elementary and middle schools held a contest to name the newest officer.  At that time, Charles Wassil’s name was a strong contender for the contest. Charles Wassil Jr. was a Peekskill Detective who passed away in 2013 from sarcoidosis, a disease he contracted while participating in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center following the September 11 attacks. Charles Wassil, who worked at Ground Zero following the attacks, began having symptoms of sarcoidosis a few months after his time working on the “Pile” at Ground Zero. Wassil’s condition eventually forced him into retirement in 2008 and led to his passing in 2013 at the age of 52.

 

Detective Charles Wassill Jr. (1960-2013)
Photo credit: Peekskill Police Department

 

The Peekskill Police Department stated, “Since 2017, Charlie and his dedicated handler, PO Nappi, formed an unstoppable team, contributing to numerous successful operations – from tracking, to evidence recovery. K9 Charlie’s impact went beyond cases solved; his presence ensured the safety of PO Nappi and all of our fellow officers. The work that this team did allowed for the closing of cases that would otherwise have remained unsolved or been unable to prosecute due to missing key evidence.”

 

PO. Nappi and Charlie
Photo credit: Peekskill Police Department

 

To honor Charlie’s memory and dedication to the Peekskill Police Department, the Police Department is inviting the public to Police Headquarters where they will be “honoring this hero’s legacy and the bond he shared with PO Nappi, the Nappi family, the members of the Peekskill community and the members of the Peekskill Police Department.” 

Please enjoy this photo gallery of Charlie and Officer Nappi throughout the years.

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As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]