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Hero Down: Hagerstown Police K9 Hera Dies After Brief Illness

Hagerstown, MD – Hagerstown Police Department (HPD) K9 Hera died on April 26 following a brief illness and medical procedure, according to her department.

The HPD announced the Slovakian-born Hanoverian Hound’s tragic death in a Facebook post two days later.

“We are saddened to announce the passing of K9 Hera,” the post read. “She was a valued member of our K9 Unit.”

K9 Hera joined the HPD in June of 2015, and served alongside her handler, HPD Officer Langley Dean, for her entire career.

“She assisted in locating numerous missing persons, criminals and evidence of crimes,” the department said of K9 Hera, who was also certified with the North American Police Work Dog Association. “Please keep Ofc. Dean, his family and K9 Unit co-workers in your thoughts and prayers.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hagerstown Police Department and Officer Dean in the loss of K9 Hera.

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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Written by Holly Matkin


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