In Loving Memory
The 9th of April, 2015, marks a day we will always remember here at the Athens County
Sheriff’s Office and for Athens County. A tragic incident took place that took the life of one of
our own, K9 Ryder. The home of Deputy Kulchar, K9 Ryder and Bane, a younger canine,
caught fire and K9 Ryder and Bane lost their lives.
Deputy John Kulchar and K9 Ryder were the K9 unit for Athens County since July of 2013.
This team covered 509 miles to protect and serve the people within Athens County. K9 Ryder
was a Belgian Malinois from France who was trained for duel purposes, narcotics and patrol
When Sheriff Smith took office in 2014, he let Deputy John Kulchar take full control of the K9
program. Sheriff Smith states, “Deputy Kulchar brought this program to a new level. His
dedication to this program is unmatched. We feel K9 and Deputy Kulchar working together has
touched countless lives in Athens County.”
Deputy Kulchar recalls his amazement of how well the kids responded to and knew the name of
K9 Ryder. K9 Ryder was very well known among the community and well loved by many. He
loved to visit with kids at all the Athens County schools. K9 Ryder fought to keep the schools
free of drugs, he was there at the schools to protect our kids in our community.
We, as a community, have suffered a great loss. We will always remember K9 Ryder, a hero
among us all. He will never be forgotten.
Welcome to the Athens County Sheriff’s Office
I would like to personally thank you for taking the time to visit our new and improved website. Our new website can be viewed on multiple mobile devices as well as desktops without loosing any important information. This is an exciting time for our office and we are honored to serve Athens County. We will continue to strive to make Athens County a safer, more enjoyable place to work, live and play.
Our Mission Statement
The Athens County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated and committed to making Athens County a safe place to live, work and raise families. The Athens County Sheriff’s Office strives to enhance the quality of life within Athens County by working together with the residents and business’s of Athens County, our area, state and federal law enforcement agencies and our judicial system. We are dedicated to maintaining the trust and responsibility placed upon us by the citizens of Athens County.
Athens County Sheriff’s Office
13 West Washington
Athens, Ohio 45701