Greenville, SC – The Greenville Kennel Club will be honoring fallen K9 Officer, Sergeant Conley Jumper at the upcoming Carolina Foothills Cluster Dog Shows on Friday, July 30, 2021, at the Greenville Convention Center.
The Greenville Kennel Club has a long history of supporting local K9 law enforcement, including purchasing two different dogs for the Greenville County Sherriff’s Office.
This relationship began in 2003 when Sergeant Jumper reached out to the club to see if they would help the Greenville Sheriff’s K-9 unit purchase some training equipment.
Sergeant Jumper had the foresight to get support from an AKC club since the K9 unit was required to be self-sufficient and needed to raise funding for the dogs, training, and equipment.
This initial request for assistance created a strong bond between the sheriff’s K-9 unit and the Greenville Kennel Club. Having Sergeant Jumper and fellow K9 officers and their K-9’s, attending the local dog shows over the years has given the citizens of Greenville a chance to meet and get to know the officers and the K9s.
Sergeant Jumper served with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office for 28 years including more than two decades as a K9 officer working to root out illegal narcotics. He is credited with finding “hundreds, if not thousands,” of pounds of illegal narcotics in the mail over the years, which earned him a commendation letter from the U.S. Postal Service. During his service, he partnered with four different dogs.
He worked the most with K9 Vinnie, a golden Labrador Retriever who performed drug sniffs in schools and mail at post offices. After Vinnie died in 2018, Tango became Officer Jumper’s K9 partner.
Tango was the last guest to arrive and pay his respects in the procession of mourners at Officer Jumper’s funeral. The special dedication ceremony taking place during Best in Show judging will be televised by AKC TV.
To watch the ceremony, tune in to AKC.TV via Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or download the app via Apple iOS or Google Play.
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