Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Mourns Loss of Retired Bomb Unit K-9 ‘Peanut’

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served the citizens of Brevard County for 13 years

BREVARD COUNTY SHERIFF WAYNE IVEY: It is with great sadness that we share with our community the passing of retired Brevard County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Peanut, pictured above with handler Corporal Ben Wheeler, who passed away this morning from natural causes. (BCSO image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – It is with great sadness that we share with our community the passing of retired Brevard County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Peanut who passed away this morning from natural causes.

Peanut retired from our agency last year after proudly serving the citizens of Brevard County for almost 13 years as a member of our Bomb Unit and the assigned partner of Corporal Ben Wheeler.

Peanut was the longest serving K-9 in our agency and had interacted with literally thousands of children at various community events throughout her service to our citizens.

When Peanut and Cpl. Wheeler were not being utilized to search for suspected explosive devices, they were often seen at community events throughout our county putting on exhibitions for spectators who were amazed at Peanut’s ability.

Throughout the course of her duties, Peanut was utilized on numerous high risk and dangerous scenes including dignitary protection details for various national figures and Presidents, the Daytona Speedway Races, and SeaPort Security.

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However, Peanut’s most critical role was the search of a suspect’s residence following the shooting of a State Law Enforcement Officer. During that search, Peanut detected and alerted to numerous explosive components that without her alert would have put our Deputies and Agents in danger.

Peanut will be deeply missed by her handler, Cpl. Ben Wheeler and his wife Wendy, our Bomb Unit members, our BCSO Family and of course a loving community who truly benefited from her service.

We would ask that you please keep Peanut, Ben, Wendy, and our Bomb Unit members in your thoughts and prayers.

– Sheriff Wayne Ivey

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