Updated on 10/08/2013 11:34 AM
Gilbert Police Department K-9 Officer
A German Shepherd born in Holland, Cosmo van Blitsaerd began working for the Gilbert Police Department in 1993. While on duty in 1996, Cosmo ripped her tendon while apprehending a suspect, an injury she never fully recovered from. Despite walking with a limp, Cosmo courageously continued her service to the people of Gilbert. Ultimately, a degenerative eye disease forced Cosmo into retirement in May, 1999. Loyal to the end, Cosmo passed away on May 29, 2002.
Cosmo Park was named in her honor.