West Fargo Police Department’s K-9 ToSti passes away unexpectedly, procession set for Friday

Photos by: West Fargo Police Department
Photos by: West Fargo Police Department

(West Fargo, ND) -- The West Fargo Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own.

On Saturday, The Department tells WDAY Radio that K-9 ToSti passed away unexpectedly due to an unforeseen medical emergency while off duty.

K-9 ToSti was a 7-year-old Dutch Shepherd from Holland. He joined the West Fargo Police Department in November 2015 and was paired with handler Officer Ben Orr. K-9 ToSti was deployed over 800 times for tasks including narcotic detection, suspect tracking, building searches and article recovery.

“K-9 ToSti was a loyal companion and dedicated his life to ensure the safety of his handler, fellow officers and the residents of West Fargo,” said Chief Denis Otterness. “He was a valuable member of our department and will be greatly missed.”

West Fargo PD has invited the public to line the south side of 4th Avenue East, in front of West Fargo City Hall, for the procession for ToSti at 11 a.m. Friday. The procession route will start heading west on Main Avenue from 45th Street, turn south on 3rd Street East, and then head east on 4th Avenue East. The procession will end at the West Fargo Police Department.

K-9 ToSti has been deployed to support the West Fargo Police Department, Fargo Police Department, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Moorhead Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Red River Valley SWAT, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations, North Dakota Highway Patrol, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.