Friends, family and co-workers from all over Marion County gathered yesterday to stand alongside Senior Deputy Jerry Wollenschlaeger as he said goodbye to his best friend and K9 partner Yo. Yo, an, 11 year old Belgian Malinois came to the Sheriff’s Office some 9 years ago and is credited with over 150 captures. After each capture Deputy Wollenschlaeger and Yo had a special routine where they would drive through and buy a cheeseburger to be enjoyed by Yo for his hard day’s work.
In just one example of Yo’s bravery, Senior Deputy Wollenschlaeger was patrolling when a male, high on mushrooms, jumped through the open window of his patrol car and began attacking Deputy Wollenschlaeger. Yo was released from the back of the patrol car and came to the aid if Deputy Wollenschlaeger. Yo seized the male which distracted him long enough that Deputy Wollenschlaeger could gain control of his attacker. In 2014, Yo successfully tracked and found a female threatening suicide. For his actions in this instance Yo was given the lifesaving award.
Yo was a regular and crowd favorite at K9 presentations, school events and a face you always loved to see running around the Sheriff’s Office. Tragically after a recent medical procedure Yo was diagnosed with an untreatable form of cancer and had to be put to rest.