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Death of Police K9 Fantom

Contact: Shannon Cordingly, Public Information Officer, 970-376-7000 or 



The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office is sad to announce the death of police canine Fantom.  Fantom started his career as an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office canine in 1999. He was retired in 2010 due to a neurological condition.  Fantom continued to live with his family and handler, Eagle County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Hall, until his death Saturday, May 28, 2011 at age 13 ½. 


Fantom was a Certified drug and tracking dog with United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) for 11 years during that time he was Top Dog in Region 14 three times.  Kyle and Fantom are well known within the region for their accomplishments receiving multiple awards from the USPCA for detection cases and vehicle detection.  

Fantom was an integral part of a number of cases throughout the years and is credited with removing a substantial amount of drugs and criminals off the streets.  One of his most memorable cases involved tracking the two men, later named “Dumb and Dumber” that robbed the WestStar Bank on Hanson Ranch Road in Vail Village back in 2005 to the chairlift in Vail.  Another memorable case involved a traffic stop on I-70 back in 2007 that resulted in the seizure of 16 pounds of marijuana.   


Fantom was a proud police K9 to the end, and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office is thankful for his service.