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Essex Sheriff Welcomes New Comfort K-9 Named for Fallen Deputy

The Essex County Sheriff’s Office welcomed a new officer to their ranks whose primary responsibility is to provide comfort, care, and support to their dedicated staff. K-9 Pasky is the Office's new Comfort K-9. He is named for fallen Deputy Sheriff Anthony “Pasky” Pasquarello who died of COVID-19 in December 2021.

“The passing of Deputy Pasquarello impacted this department greatly, especially our officers. He was a gentle being and always a friend to many,” Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger said. “We thought it was just so fitting to name our Comfort K-9 in memory of Anthony.”

The Essex County Sheriff’s Office has a new facility comfort dog who is named for fallen Deputy Sheriff Anthony “Pasky” Pasquarello. K-9 Pasky is shown with Pasquarello’s mother Norine Pasquarello and Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger.

Deputy Pasquarello’s mother Norine Pasquarello agreed.

“I love that they named him Pasky. To me, it’s like a part of Anthony is still there,” said Norine Pasquarello. “My entire family thinks it’s absolutely wonderful.”

K-9 Pasky will be on shift at all three facilities with his partner, Officer Christian Guzman. K-9 Pasky’s primary duty will be to provide correctional officers and other staff a little puppy love to ease the stress of working in a correctional facility.

“Corrections is a demanding profession, requiring extreme dedication in one of the most challenging and stressful roles in law enforcement,” said Sheriff Coppinger. “Promoting officer wellness is a top priority for our department, and K-9 Pasky will serve an important role in caring for our men and women.”

In addition, Officer Guzman and K-9 Pasky will be available to respond to local  communities in times of need. The pair will also attend community events so that K-9 Pasky can share his goodwill with the people of Essex County.

“K-9 Pasky’s purpose is to provide support and affection while positively improving the overall well-being of all those around him,” Officer Guzman said. “He loves his job judging by his ever-present big, goofy smile, and the people here look forward to him making his rounds. It’s amazing to see how a little love from a dog can brighten someone’s whole day.”

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