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Hero Down: Burton Police Department K9 Axl Succumbs To Lymphoma

Burton, MI – Burton Police Department (BPD) K9 Axl died on April 3 after a brief battle against lymphoma.

The BPD announced the four-year-old German Shepherd’s tragic passing in a press release the following day.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of City of Burton Police Department K9 Axl,” the BPD said. “Axl was recently diagnosed with lymphoma.”

Despite the efforts that were being made to prolong his life, Axl’s health declined rapidly.

He was taken to Heritage Animal Hospital on April 3, where he was laid to rest, the BPD said.

K9 Axl served alongside his human partner, BPD Officer Brendan Stocker, for nearly three years.

The duo was certified through the National Association of Professional Canine Handlers in narcotics detection, tracking, area and article search, building search, and obedience.

“While Axl’s life was short, his impact on the City of Burton has been profound,” the BPD noted.

In addition to tracking and apprehending multiple criminals, K9 Axl detected a slew of various narcotics during his time with the BPD.

“Most importantly, Axl was able to track and rescue multiple lost individuals including children and the elderly,” the police department noted. “With the hard work of both Officer Stocker and Axl, many lives have been saved.”

Hundreds of people extended their condolences to Officer Stocker and the BPD in the wake of the department’s announcement.

“End of watch, Dear Axl. Thank you for your service. May you rest peacefully,” one message read.

“What a Beautiful dog, his life was cut so short, he will be deeply be missed by his family at the BPD, and his handler’s family at home, Thank You for your services, R.I.P. Axl,” another person wrote.

The BPD said it is thankful for the support it has received from the community, MLive reported.

“Thank you for your service, Axl,” the department said. “Rest easy, good boy.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burton Police Department and Officer Stocker in the loss of K9 Axl.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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