His daughter Becky Yegge shared a few wonderful photos of the first K9 acquired by the Sierra County Sheriff's Office.
K9 Rudy was Deputy Kenneth Alexander's patrol K9 between (approximately) 1962-1969. Becky remembered Rudy as part of the family, but if one wasn’t part of Rudy’s immediate Alexander family- watch out! Kim Lombardi, Sheriff Alexander’s niece, remembered Rudy as “a dog you didn’t mess with.”
One of the stories Becky remembered from her childhood was hearing her dad, who she said was not a very big man in size, tell the family about how Rudy helped him take a very large, resisting, and intoxicated man into custody. Deputy Alexander called to Rudy and…the guy went right into the back of Deputy Alexander’s patrol car without further ado.
Becky retold a humorous story about Rudy attending his monthly K-9 training with Plumas County Sheriff’s Office K9’s. She said that she or another sibling was able to go with their dad and watch the K9s train and told of Rudy’s habit of barking incessantly while the other dogs were completing their drills. However, when it was Rudy’s turn to go through his drills, he immediately stopped barking and got down to business. Rudy was the only K9 of in his training group to successfully negotiate a 7’ ladder obstacle every month- and he did it with ease. Rudy sounds like he was a very competitive cop.
According to Becky, Deputy Alexander loved Rudy very much and treated him like part of the family. Rudy lived inside with the family of nine, and went with them when they traveled, Rudy had his own spot at the very back of the family Volkswagon (see family photo below!).
We would like to remember today both Sheriff Alexander and K9 Rudy. We want to honor and recognize their selfless and dedicated service to the communities of Sierra County. We would like to remember the family of Sheriff Alexander as well and thank them for sharing their memories.
Elsie Alexander also allowed us to share the beautiful print painting of Kenneth she received from her family in memory of her late husband.
Sheriff Alexander’s career was very long and exciting. This fascinating webpage details some of the highlights of Sheriff Alexander’s interesting career: Ken-Alexander--Sheriff-Sierra-County (homestead.com)<http://badges.homestead.com/Ken-Alexander--Sheriff-Sierra-County.html?_=1627521560419>