A public servant and beloved family member, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff K-9 Diesel, a 9-year-old German Sheppard, passed away July 27. Diesel was a retired K-9 from a Sheriff’s Office in Florida. Josh Axsom had a hand in training and working with Diesel on the SWAT team before he moved back to Natchitoches.
When Diesel was retired from his work in Florida, the Sheriff’s Department reached out to Josh to see if he’d be interested in giving Diesel a forever home. Josh is a reserve deputy for the NPSO, so Diesel came out of retirement as a drug dog and tracker being utilized by the NPSO and Natchitoches Police Department.
Josh and Diesel were on call 24/7 and Josh said Diesel loved his job. “He was a one-in-a-million kind of dog,” said Josh. “My six-year-old son grew up with Diesel and now there’s no Diesel at home.”
Josh said Diesel was instrumental in saving his life in 2012 during a shooting incident. It was a crazy situation, but if Diesel hadn’t bitten the suspect things may have turned out differently.
“There’s been so many times he’s saved my life, sometimes just with his presence,” said Josh. “I’m glad for the opportunity to work with him with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office. Diesel will be missed.”