Coast Guard to honor canine hero at retirement ceremony

Alameda,  CA – A retirement ceremony will be held to honor the service of “Hawk”, one of the Coast Guard’s K-9 members. After four years of Coast Guard service with Maritime Safety and Security Team San Francisco, “Hawk” is being retired due to a spinal defect, which causes him severe pain.

The ceremony will be held at Gresham Hall on Coast Guard Island Thursday morning.  It will include a bag pipe player and will include over two dozen canine teams from various federal, state, and local agencies.

This rare ceremony will pay tribute to both the service of “Hawk” and his partner Petty Officer Sandor Csitar. Some of the accomplishments of Csitar and “Hawk” include:

  • Petty Officer Csitar was the first canine handler in the MSST
  • Responded to over 60 motor vehicle accidents
  • Responded to more than 10 bomb/suspicious package threats
  • The first Coast Guard canine team to arrive in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina
  • Provided security for the 2007 All-Star Game at AT&T Park
  • Provided security for President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, Senators Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, and various foreign dignitaries.

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  1. John says:

    That’s a nice story and sounds like a lot of accomplishments. One of the bullets did raise my eyebrow;
    “Responded to over 60 motor vehicle accidents”

    I would really like to know what that’s all about? Were there 60 car crashes with a possibility of a bomb being present?


  2. cgnews says:

    That sort of jumped out at me when I read the press release also. Maybe it’s like with a civilian police K-9 unit. If the patrol car goes to an accident, the dog gets credit.

  3. Jim says:

    A boat in the Delta is a Motor Vehicle for reporting purposes. According to the mercury News Hawk was euthanized after this ceremony. Does anyone know if there will be a public memorial?

  4. Jen Jasmin says:

    I spent some good quality time with former co-workers PO Sandor and Hawk and was proud of them both already but seeing the retirement ceremony (on TV -I’m in FL) made me smile…just before I was saddened to think of Hawk’s illness. Luckily, he was handled by the best and had a wonderful life at MSST 91105 and with PO Sandor. He will forever be remembered by those who were lucky enough to work with him.