Massachusetts State Police mourned the loss of 10-year-old police officer K9 Echo on Tuesday.
Echo served 7½ years alongside Lt. David Nims, state police announced in a Facebook post.
Echo has been described as “intelligent, fearless and tenacious”.
Some of Echo’s best work includes locating a fleece jacket worn by a murder suspect in the forest, revealing prescription bottles bearing the murder victim’s name. That jacket was key evidence in the case, state police said.
She also followed several suicidal people and ensured their safety until other staff arrived. And performed feats of good work in drug cases involving hidden narcotics.
The post went on to praise the K9 officers saying that, just like their human partners, the dogs sacrifice themselves to make the public feel safe.
“Time to play, now and forever, Echo. You’ve earned it,” she said.
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