Detective Corporal Michael McMahon and his K-9 partner Kaiser Will Be Featured in Upcoming A&E TV Show
Morris County Sheriff’s K-9 Section Detective Corporal Michael McMahon and his K-9 partner Kaiser have been honored by Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon for their actions in apprehending an armed robbery suspect in Boonton Township.
The duo also were lauded for achieving high marks in an ongoing national canine competition.
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the presence of command staff and fellow officers, Sheriff Gannon gave McMahon plaques and medals for Exceptional Duty and Honorable Service and commended him for his notable deeds.
“We’re very, very blessed to have you in a leadership role,” Sheriff Gannon told Detective Corporal McMahon.
“It’s one of our best programs in the agency. I always think that besides the selection of the people in the section and besides the leadership, the manner in which you blend with the local police departments is very commendable.”
Detective Corporal McMahon’s prowess as a master K-9 trainer and handler can be seen when he makes his television debut as a contestant on the A&E Network’s ultimate K-9 competition series called “America’s Top Dog.”
He is a contestant in a high-energy competition that brought together superb K-9 Officers and dogs on what is billed as the ultimate K-9 obstacle course. The “America’s Top Dog” series, from MGM’s Big Fish Entertainment, will premiere Wednesday, January 8 at 9 p.m. ET. Viewers will not find out until the final, 11th episode which team captured Top Dog honors.
On the night of Nov. 7, 2018, McMahon and K-9 Kaiser responded to a reported of armed robbery in Boonton Township in which a handgun was shown. While searching the area for suspects with his dog, McMahon learned that one suspect had just knocked on a resident’s door and requested to use their phone.
Two suspects were taken into custody and provided information about a third suspect, who allegedly carried a handgun.
McMahon used K-9 Kaiser in an off-leash search before expanding the search area so that it extended to a wood line and the Rockaway River. The dog, a 3-year-old male Belgian Malinois, located and apprehended the third suspect who was hiding in heavy brush.
McMahon and other officers then took the suspect into custody and searched for the weapon, ultimately using Kaiser to perform an off-leash evidence search of the area. The loaded 9mm handgun was found, wrapped in a sweatshirt and hidden behind a vehicle by the wood line.
The officer and his dog also accepted a second medal and plaque for Exceptional Duty related to their participation on March 15, 2019 in the United States Police Canine Association Narcotics Detection Trial/Certification in Region 7. The trial featured 18 K-9 teams from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Upon completion, he and K-9 Kaiser were awarded third place for fastest time, first place for motor vehicle work, and second place overall – a ranking that brought honor to himself and the Sheriff’s Office.