This is the true story of a man that wore many hats. He was a son, a father, a husband, and good friend to many but mostly… he was a law enforcement officer. He dedicated his life to serving and protecting people; some he did not even know. Terry Bandemer was “Top Cop” and received awards all the way from the Police Department to the Sheriff’s Office and was given an American flag and an accommodation straight from the White House. He was shot, stabbed and looked death directly in the eye.
A K-9 handler, he and is best friend Major, a black shepherd that rode shotgun as Terry’s partner for over ten years, tracked and apprehended criminals. Major, a highly decorated Police Dog, served without hesitation or concern for his own life next to Terry. He retired a “Top Dog” and best friend to Terry. He “took a bite out of crime” and enjoyed tracking the bad guys as he was born to do. He was a friend to all except the criminal.
Follow Terry and his furry partner as they embark on some of the most fascinating adventures and law enforcement officer could ask for. Some would end in tragedy and haunt Terry’s dreams even today. Some would bring peace and a sense of safety to everyone Terry worked to protect. From murders to suicides and drug busts galore, Terry stood tall and faced his fears head on.
Terry’s stories will grab you and hold you as you read of his life as a Peace Officer. He did it all for the safety of the people and it was never about the awards or accommodations he received throughout his career. A day in Minnesota named for him and recognition for his services, Terry remained himself. Quitting was never an option for him and the county’s he worked for were safer to be in because of Terry and Major. “I’m a cop… I wear a badge.” Book ’em, Danno.”