K9 Team Spotlight – K9 Zepp

John Waldo, President of UP K9 Training Group, served 10 years with the U.S. Army/Army National Guard and 12 years with the Air National Guard. He has earned a B.A. in Business from Baker College and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. He formerly worked for the Muskegon Heights Police Department for 10 years and has spent the past 13 years with the Marquette Police Department. He has experience as a Firearms Instructor, Tactical Instructor, Dive Team member, and currently works as a K9 Handler with K9 Zepp (Narcotics Detection) and previously with K9 Nitro (Explosives Detection). 

Marquette Police Department K9 Officer John Waldo & K9 Nitro Photo credit: J. McCarthy Photography

K9 Zepp is a German Shepherd imported from Poland by Mid-Michigan Police K9. He is a certified in Narcotics Detection, Tracking, and Building Search and works for the Marquette Police Department.

K9 Nitro was a Black Lab certified in Explosives Detection. He served the Marquette Police Department for 7 years before his untimely passing on June 28th, 2021, his 8th birthday. Nitro’s outreach inspired Officer. Waldo to start a nonprofit to help support local K9 teams in the Upper Peninsula and to help create new teams to keep our communities safe.

Incidentally, K9 Zepp’s name was inspired by the best rock band ever, Led Zeppelin. He’s a good boy that lives up to his rockstar name. He has quite the following on social media. If you would like to follow him, here are links to his channels:
Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@k9zepp_police
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/K9Zepp
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/k9zepp_police/

You da bomb, Nitro!

Published by Amy

I believe in the transformative power of stories. I am a high school English teacher, serendipitous farm girl, LEO wife, step mom, and writer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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