Retired Helena Police Department K-9 Filu dies

Josh Ray, an officer with the Helena Police Department, practices a takedown move with his K9 partner Filu while fellow officer John Kaleczyc looks on in this 2016 IR file photo.

Angela Brandt, Independent Record

The Helena Police Department on Monday announced the death of retired K-9 officer Filu, saying they had “lost a member of the HPD family.”

“Filu served and protected the citizens of Helena and Montana alongside his partner, Cpl. Josh Ray,” the department stated on the Helena Police Department Facebook page.

“Filu was not only a valued asset to the Helena community, but all over Montana to where he consistently assisted with explosive detection work.”

Cpl. Josh Ray and Filu.

Helena Police Department

Filu was a German shepherd-Belgian Malinois mix. He was 10 when he retired in August. Filu was purchased by the city for about $14,000 and began his HPD tenure in 2013. 

He was born in Hungary, trained in North Carolina and followed commands spoken in Dutch.

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