2017-08-11 / Front Page

Community mourns the untimely death of K-9 Deputy Tosca

Contributed by RCSD

K-9 Deputy Tosca K-9 Deputy Tosca Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the untimely passing of one of his K-9 Deputies. The sheriff says on August 5, K-9 Deputy Tosca was taken off a ventilator at a local veterinarian hospital, following a yet to be determined illness. The evening before, Tosca’s handler, Richland County Sheriff ’s Deputy Emily Lemmond found Tosca having what appeared to be a seizure.

Deputy Lemmond rushed Tosca to the department’s vet, where life-saving measures were taken; eventually, it was determined Tosca could not be saved.

Tosca was a Belgian Malinois and full service patrol dog of approximately two years of age. Tosca had completed extensive training in drug detection, area tracking, suspect apprehension, article search, and building search.

The sheriff says over the course of training a K- 9 Deputy and his or her handler become as one. He is requesting the community keep Deputy Lemmond and the Richland County Sheriff ’s Department in its thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

A necropsy is being scheduled and will hopefully determine the cause of Tosca’s death.

Deputy Lemmond was born and raised in Blythewood, S.C. After graduating high school, she joined the U.S. Army, where she served as an intelligence analyst for six years.

After returning from Iraq, Deputy Lemmond attended the University of South Carolina, where she graduated with her bachelor’s in political science. She then began her law enforcement career at Richland County Sheriff’s Dept in 2013 serving in a patrol capacity in Region One, followed by serving on the Community Action Team.

Deputy Lemmond later joined the K9 Unit in 2016 and was partnered with K9 Tosca.

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