Sgt. Chris Boyd: “K9 Gildon, a 10 year old german shepherd, has retired from the Madison Police Department. Officer Jeff Felt and K9 Gildon began working as a team to make Madison a safer place in the spring of 2006. On December 1st of this year K9 Gildon officially retired and Officer Felt began training to fulfill his new promoted position as a patrol sergeant.
K9 Gildon assisted the Madison Police Department in hundreds of cases during the seven years as a police service K9. K9 Gildon conducted building searches, tracks of criminals and missing persons, apprehensions, narcotics searches, and evidence searches. Out of all these tasks Gildon was trained for, tracking was his specialty. Officer Felt and Gildon were a great team and it was clear they respected one another. Officer Felt laughed often at Gildon’s puppy ways and Gildon looked at his human partner with loyalty and trust. They moved through building searches, challenging tracks on difficult terrain, and narcotics searches in clustered environments like a dance team. Officer Felt anticipated every move Gildon made, and Gildon looked for direction when needed. They were in many dangerous situations together and always came out safely. They had each other’s back. The K9 unit, Madison Police Department, and citizens of Madison will miss K9 Gildon. We thank him for his service and wish him a happy retirement in the loving home of Sergeant Felt and his family.”