Roderick Dalton
Nov 16, 2010

Sgt. Roderick J. Dalton November 16, 2010 Sgt. Roderick J. Dalton, 45, of Memphis, passed away Tuesday at Community General Hospital following a short illness. Rod was a sergeant with the Syracuse Police Department, serving the department for the last 22 years. He was a member of the K-9 Unit and was K-9-2 with his partner Niko. He was a former member of the Navarino Fire Department. In 2005 he received his bachelor's degree in community and human services from SUNY Empire State College. Besides his partner Niko, Rod is survived by his parents, Roland and Dona Dalton of Marcellus; sister, Deanna Dalton of Otisco; maternal grandmother, Arlene Pratt; uncle, Robert (Judy) Dalton of Phoenix, NY; and several other aunts, uncles and cousins. Services for Rod will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at Christ Community United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Navarino. Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at the church, 3474 Stiles Rd., Syracuse, NY 13209. Memorial contributions in memory of Rod may be made to Syracuse Police department P.B.A., 511 S. State Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.

Sgt. Roderick Dalton, with police dog Niko, at the scene of a bank robbery in 2008. Dalton died Monday after a sudden illness, Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler said Thursday.

Published 10/18, Syracuse Papers

Illness claims Syracuse Police Department K-9 commander
Syracuse, NY -- One of the commanders of the Syracuse Police Department’s K-9 unit has died suddenly. Police Chief Frank Fowler said Sgt. Roderick J. Dalton, 45, died Monday after a brief illness.
Dalton, with his partner Niko, were known throughout the law enforcement community. The two made hundreds of arrests and seizures.

Dalton was promoted to sergeant in 1998.
"Our deepest regrets go out to Rod’s parents and his family. He was a dedicated police officer and son," Fowler said in a release. "We have not only lost an outstanding police officer and commanding officer, I and many other members of this department have lost a close personal friend," Fowler said.

There will be a wake for Dalton at Christ Community United Methodist Church on Stile Road Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The funeral will be at the churh at 11 a.m. Saturday with burial to follow at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Navarino. Last month, retired Onondaga County Sheriff's Department K-9 officer Sgt. Jeffrey Gates died. Gates trained other officers in working with police dog and many handlers, accompanied by their dogs, attended his funeral.