We are deeply saddened to announce the death of former Mountain View Police Sgt. John Neal. He was 87.
Neal joined the department in April 1956 and worked assignments ranging from patrol to the Special Investigations Unit before he retired in 1983. He was especially well-known for partnering with his K9, Suma, in the early 1970s. At a time when most local departments did not have K9 units, Sgt. Neal and his ever-faithful Suma would put on demonstrations at schools and shopping centers.
Neal and Suma worked the graveyard shift, and responded to calls not just in Mountain View, but in Los Altos, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale.
Even after his retirement, he spent time with the MVPD family over the years, including attending last year’s Celebration of Service.
Sgt. Neal will always be a part of this department in spirit, and we send our sincerest condolences to his family. Rest in peace, Sgt. Neal.