Polk County Sheriff's Office bids farewell to retired K-9

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Winter Haven, Florida -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Diggett family of Winter Haven are mourning the loss this week of retired PCSO K-9 "Bolt," who was purchased by the Diggett family for PCSO in loving memory of their daughter, Allison Sousa.  

Allison was brutally murdered by Thomas Rigterink in September 2003. 

Click here for a news release sent out on December 15, 2003, about Bolt being donated by the Diggett family

Bolt's first PCSO handler was Sergeant Howard Martin, who trained him as a canine. He was then partnered with (now retired) Deputy Sheriff Johnny Polston. He then worked with (now Sergeant) Deputy Joe Wilson as a bomb detection dog. 

PHOTOS: Polk County Sheriff's Office retired K-9 Bolt

Upon Bolt's retirement from service to PCSO, at the family's request, he was allowed to retire into their home and become their family pet. 

Some of Bolt's accomplishments include:

  • 31 non-contact apprehensions with handler Johnny Polston from May 2006 - December 2007
  • Bolt won the Exceptional Service Award from NAPWDA  (North American Police Work Dog Association) in 2007
  • Bolt detected a rocket launcher in a suspect's vehicle in north Lakeland

Polk County Sheriff's Office

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