It is with great sadness that the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office announces the passing of one of our own. K-9 WVUM (pronounced “VOOM”) passed away on Friday October 19th after a two-month illness. WVUM began his law enforcement career at the Bridgeport Police Department before being purchased by the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office where he became the partner of then Dekalb County Deputy/K-9 Handler Jimmy Jones. In 2011, “WVUM” came to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office with Jones who was brought on by Sheriff Chuck Phillips as the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit Lt. During this time, WVUM has assisted the Jackson County Narcotics Unit in numerous drug seizures and has been utilized to search schools in the Jackson County area.
WVUM received his Drug K-9 Training at the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and on his second day of duty assisted in the seizure of $29,000 and Marijuana in Valley Head, Alabama. During his career, WVUM made numerous drug and currency seizures and also assisted the Center Police Department, Center Fire Department and the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office in apprehending a serial arsonist. He also located six fleeing Felony suspects and safely recovered nine missing children and senior citizens.
WVUM was also instrumental in helping the Hollywood Police Department in a money seizure which helped them purchase their first Drug K-9.
WVUM has been a valuable asset to Jackson County and he will be sorely missed by the law enforcement community.