GPD names new K-9 after fallen officer


Greenville Police are introducing a new member of the family.

Sneak is the department’s new K-9 officer.

He is described to be brave, loyal and a natural guardian.

He is named after an officer many at the department dearly loved.

“Every time I get to say his name, Sneak, I get that look,” K-9 handler William Groseclose said. “That’s a weird name. It’s very special to tell Sneak’s story.” 

Sneak is no ordinary dog.

“He is a special thing,” Groseclose said. “It is like working with a best friend.”

The 90 lb., one-year-old German Sheppard comes to Greenville by way of Budapest, Hungary, where he will be tracking evidence and narcotics in the East.

“He gets that look in his eyes, like he is playful and ready to go to work,” Groseclose said.

Sneak is named after Warren ‘Sneak’ Lewis III.

The Nash County Deputy and U.S. Marshal’s Service Task Force Officer was killed in the line of duty eight years ago.

It happened when officers went to a home in Kinston to serve a warrant.

“Being a police officer and losing somebody that either you may have known or may not have known,” Groseclose said. “It affects all of us when someone who loses their life, especially in the line of duty.”

Groseclose was there in 2011 when Sneak was killed.

At the time, Groseclose worked for Kinston Police.

Now, he is a K-9 handler for GPD.

He named the department’s new K-9 Sneak after his fallen friend.

“Sneak was very hard working, and to have a dog tracking down the same suspects for the same reasons is very special,” Groseclose said. “The biggest thing for me is knowing sneak and knowing he has a family at home that he didn’t; come back to, it is really important for me letting his legacy live on.” 


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