Apr 12, 2013 7:28 PM by Lupita Murillo
TUCSON- The TPD officer who lost his service dog has a new four legged partner.
Officer Chris Fenoglio has been training "Steeler." He says his son named the three and a half year old Belgian Malinois after the Pittsburgh football team. He's had his new four legged partner since February.
On December 12, 2012 his former service dog Ivan, was shot and killed in the line of duty. Ivan was shot by a carjacking suspect near the intersection of Second Street and Stewart Avenue. The suspect was then shot and killed by officers. Ivan had been with TPD for six months.
Today, Officer Fenoglio opened up for the first time to News 4. He says, "Ivan saved my backside that night." Ivan took a bullet for Officer Fenoglio and also saved the lives of other officers. "I miss Ivan a lot, I still call this one Ivan a bunch. My family still misses him as well."
But Officer Fenoglio is comforted in knowing, "That God has one hell of a guard dog." Steeler is becoming one strong and powerful service dog. He's already helped arrest some copper thieves. "We've been deployed for two or three weeks now and we've started narcotics training."
Steeler's also fitting in at home as well. "He's already a member of the family, the kids love him he hangs out with my first dog who is a retired service dog. They're getting along well."
In another two months Steeler will be certified to look for drugs, so for now he's looking for bad guys.