The Handlers

The K-9s

Officer Joshua Faust

#639

In service since: 2003

College: Kutztown University with a Major in Criminal JusBce Graduated in December 2000

Rank: K-9 Handler/trainer for the unit. I have been the trainer since 2013 after completing a trainer course at Shallow Creek Kennels.

Why did you want to be a K-9 Handler: My dad’s cousin was a handler for a department near my hometown and I was always fascinated by how the dogs work.

What do you do for fun: Running and exercise, as well as time with my family.

Fact: In 2008 I was appointed to the position of K9 with my first partner Rocky, my second partner was Trooper. Rocky retired in 2013, Trooper retired in 2022. In 2013 I was sent to Shallow Creek Kennels to become the K9 Unit’s trainer.

K-9 Brutus

New info to come on K-9 Brutus.

Officer Brian Adler

#233

In service since: 2011

Rank: K-9 Officer

Why did you want to be a K-9 Handler: Prior to obtaining the K-9 handler position, I was assigned to patrol. K-9 was always a career goal of mine. Working alongside the current handlers over the course of my almost 9-year career drove me to actively pursue my dreams.

Favorite part of your Job: My favorite part of my job is the positive interactions I can have with the public, especially children and young adults.

What do you do for fun: In my free Bme I enjoy weight lifting and exploring new places, especially those of historical significance, with my family.

K-9 Ghost

Born: March 2018

Age: 2 years old

Origin: Hungary

What does he do in his off time: When Ghost is home, he enjoys playing with every dog toy in the house (our Lab was quite spoiled when she was an only dog) and playing fetch in the backyard.

Officer David Vega

#179

In service since: 2014

Rank: K-9 Officer

College: Liberty University (BS Natural, Physical, & Computational Sciences)

Why did you want to be a K-9 Handler: I loved the prospect of training, working, and living daily with a dog and becoming a greater asset to my department and the surrounding agencies.

Favorite part of your Job: Learning the fundamentals inherent to the role of the K-9 Handler position.

What do you do for fun: I enjoy spending time with my wife and children. Trail walks & short field trips are popular favorites.

K-9 Rex

Date of Birth: August 8, 2018

Origin: Hungary (which is appropriate because Rex has an insatiable appetite)

Breed: German Shepherd

Special talent: So far Rex is in the very early stages of training. I think he is going to become an ideal partner and a perfect companion

What does he do in his off time: Though he has a very high work drive, Rex loves to cuddle when not actively training.

New Handlers and K-9s to come!

Reading Police Department Handlers and Retired K-9s

Andy Winters – K9 Rex

Jason Linderman – K9 Tank

Joshua Faust – K9 Rocky & K9 Trooper

Hector Santiago – K9 Caine & K9 Hemi

Tina Fallstich – K9 Max

Eric Goudy – K9 Reno

John Hutchinson – K9 Cody

Mark Hackney – K9 Nero

Alex Sholedice – K9 Nico

Jim Howe – K9 Bear and K9 Zor

Mark Hafner – K9 Ben and K9 Loki

Dave Gabrielli – K9 Blitz and K9 Fax

Gary Fetter – K9 Zorro

Brian Burr – K9 Rock

Guy Lehman – K9 Logan

Terry Greth – K9 Spartan

Al Baumener – K9 Shane

Tom Kohl – K9 Smokey

Tony Miccki – K9 Shawn and K9 Major

Randy Habecker – K9 Cie and K9 Baron and K9 Wolf

Scott Naugle – K9 Hogan

Al Shade – K9 Baron

Kenny Seifert – K9 Rock

Bob Ramsey – K9 Baron

Jim Bell – K9 King

Terry Sassaman – K9 Nick

Phil Santoro – K9 Thor and K9 Smokey

Joe Stajkowski – K9 Chicky

Stan McCarty – K9 Spike and K9 Max and K9 Bear

Russ Claytor – K9 Cozmo

Dave Speece

Ralph Bearsler

Bob Dohner – K9 Sarge