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Police check in Millersville ends with arrest for illegal weapon

On June 6, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said goodbye to K9 Badger, a respected member of their team who was known for his feisty “honey badger” personality. K9 Badger, who worked with Sergeant April Sharpeta, served the police with distinction since joining in 2013, specializing in human remains detection (HRD) after discovering his true calling during training.

During his nine years of service as a certified K9 Badger, his deployment spanned all of Maryland and the neighboring states of Delaware, West Virginia, and Washington DC. He played a critical role in numerous missing persons, homicide, suicide, and natural disaster investigations, often working in difficult conditions on land, at sea, and through various types of debris.

In addition to being an experienced search dog, K9 Badger was also a popular public relations figure, frequently interacting with children and demonstrating his skills at public events. His career was marked by his unwavering commitment to helping not only the Natural Resources Police, but also local, state and federal agencies.

Tragically, K9 Badger was diagnosed with an inoperable adrenal tumor in December 2021. His passing leaves a void in the Maryland Natural Resources Police, particularly Sergeant Sharpeta, who had previously lost another canine partner, K9 Bear. His legacy of service and dedication will be sorely missed by his handler, family, and fellow NRP K9 team members.

The agency expresses its deep gratitude for K9 Badger's years of service and joins Sgt. Sharpeta and all who knew him in mourning his loss.