It is with deep sadness that the Elmhurst Police Department announces the passing of Elmhurst Police K-9, "Diesel" on April 17, 2019. Diesel was a 10-year-old Belgian malinois. He was trained to be an excellent tracker and successfully lead officers to evidence at crime scenes while being very protective of his handler. He also enjoyed a rubber ball and a good rub, following a successful track or alert. Diesel had served on the department since June 14, 2010 with his handler and partner, Officer Tony Poli. During a recent veterinary examination, it was discovered that Diesel was suffering from liver cancer. Sadly, Diesel passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.
Diesel will be remembered for the dedication and honorable service that he gave to the community and to his partner Officer Poli. Police K-9's such as Diesel, are regarded as active members of the department and are special member of the police family. Diesel will always hold a special place in the hearts of Elmhurst Police Officers.
Please keep Diesel, Officer Poli, and his Elmhurst police family in your thoughts during this difficult time.