K-9 Ricky and Cpl. Szuba - German Shepherd Dog Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-12-2010, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 182
K-9 Ricky and Cpl. Szuba

Mishawaka, IN officer Cpl. Szuba and his K-9 partner, Ricky were both killed Saturday night, January 9. They were aiding another officer attempting to stop a speeder; the speeder ran a red light, causing a chain of events that ended up with the tragic loss of the officer and his gorgeous 8 year old Ricky. The attempt to stop the speeder had barely began, there was no COPS type wild ride through city streets; it sounds like the guy decided to take flight, etc.......and the heck of it is, the guy has a long string of bad driving arrests, had high BAC, was on house arrest at the time, etc. He is in hospital, will be facing 5 charges, incl 4 Class B felonies, for driving while intox, driving with controlled substances in system, resisting, , as well as additional charge of being habitual substance abuser.

I do not know anyone involved, just what was reported on TV and newspapers.

Just am appalled that yet another good guy and his partner as well as family pet when off duty, were both sacrificed.

Cpl. Szuba leaves behind a wife and 2 young-adult children. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Shawneeshep is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-12-2010, 10:44 AM
Knighted Member
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 2,927
Re: K-9 Ricky and Cpl. Szuba

Cpl. Szuba & Ricky.
How awful

Kilo- GSD
Raziel is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-12-2010, 11:09 AM
Crowned Member
arycrest's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 9,796
Re: K-9 Ricky and Cpl. Szuba

How terribly sad. My heart goes out to the Szuba family for such a tragic loss.

May Cpl. Szuba and K-9 Ricky Rest in Peace.

Gayle, Faith, Ledgie, Scooby
At the Bridge: Andy, Abbey, Tasha, Tex, Echo, Yukon, JR, Too, Niki, Bo, Ringer, Kelly, Honey, Mac, Slider & Bruiser
arycrest is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-12-2010, 11:16 AM
MrMacleod's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: California
Posts: 129
Re: K-9 Ricky and Cpl. Szuba

Sad indeed. Hopefully young officer's can learn from this though. Your life is not worth an infraction. Slow down, be safe, make it home to your kids.


Luc I was your father!! (Blk/Tan (and a little Red!) GSD 11-28-06- 03-05-15) your life was much too short buddy.

Panzer dark sable GSD 02-02-16. My little tank!
MrMacleod is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-12-2010, 11:45 AM
Elite Member
DnP's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 1,291
Re: K-9 Ricky and Cpl. Szuba

The officer's vehicle was sideswiped by another vehicle. Seems that driver was intoxicated. THis was NOT a high speed chase.



Bentley - the light that brought me out of the darkness

RIP Phoenix, Brightstar Rescue, 2006 - 5/6/2017
RIP Dakota 1/5/93 - 10/23/2006
DnP is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-12-2010, 01:32 PM
Knighted Member
roxy84's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 2,209
Re: K-9 Ricky and Cpl. Szuba

Shawn Devine was the one intoxicated and he is the one who was being pursued. no other driver involved was intoxicated. Devine is directly resposible for the death of Officer Szuba and Ricky. Shawn Devine is a complete piece of crap and has absolutely no business being part of society. it is too bad he is the one who survived the accident. if all the charges stick and he is found guilty, he could get 31 years. not long enough, but it will have to do.

God bless Corporal Szuba and Ricky. Shawn Devine, you can go rot in Hades.


owned by:
Kimba (gsd) 5/9/07
Saby the mutt~1/15/01
Frisco (gsd) 6/21/02
Luka (feline)d.o.b.~2004
RIP-canines-Buddy, Roxy, Kujo, Kato, Pierre
felines-Chanel, Panther, TJ
roxy84 is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-13-2010, 12:12 AM
Crowned Member
elisabeth_00117's Avatar
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
Posts: 8,913
Re: K-9 Ricky and Cpl. Szuba

That is so sad..

G Wild Winds Zephyr of Cognac BH, HIC, NTD, ITD, CGN, TT
Wild Winds Archangel Raphael HIC, TT
XX z Weberhaus
elisabeth_00117 is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-14-2010, 10:04 PM
Knighted Member
raysmom's Avatar
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Northwest OH
Posts: 2,894
Re: K-9 Ricky and Cpl. Szuba

The husband of a rescue friend of mine is going to take part in the funeral.

She said her husband and one of their dogs, along with other members of the Canine Crisis Response team will be participating and that the dogs will be going up the the casket to offer a salute either with a bow or with a raised paw. What an honor to be a part of that.


Kaiser - 8 yrs old

Ray (Radar) - 8 yrs old - At the Bridge
raysmom is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-15-2010, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 182
Re: K-9 Ricky and Cpl. Szuba

On the TV news stations tonight (Cpl.Szuba & K-9 Ricky's home town), extensive coverage; first time maybe in this state that a service dog lost with the officer while on duty.

Tears non-stop as they showed the huge parade, and there were 100 (one hundred!) K-9 dogs and their handlers there; they paid respects filing past the casket; then they showed a scene of them all lined up outside..........Ricky was cremated, showed his white marble-looking container; they said the family was keeping that vs I guess putting it in with the officer.

They had another K-9 officer on who in the past had arrested the same "perp" (watch a lot of CSI type shows!).
Shawneeshep is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New member, first post, but have read and used this site for a cpl months already kilby91 Introductions & Welcome Mat 12 02-26-2018 01:23 PM
Killed Canadian Soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirrilo's dogs wait for him Saphire Current Dog Affairs 13 10-24-2014 03:35 PM
puppy in a cpl of years K9_girl1994 Finding the Right Puppy 16 04-10-2010 08:57 AM
Ricky and lucy douglasville Ga 4dognight Urgent GSD Rescue & Adoption 1 03-25-2010 12:37 PM
Riverhead, NY--Adult M, Ricky Kaitadog Non-Urgent GSD Rescue & Adoption 0 07-27-2008 09:16 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome