Dandridge, TN – Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) K9 Hekko died suddenly on Jan. 24 due to a medical condition, according to his department.
Details regarding the nature of K9 Hekko’s medical issue were not released.
“It is with great sadness, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office announces the sudden death of active duty K9 ‘Hekko,’” the JCSO said in a Facebook post.
Prior to joining JCSO in 2018, K9 Hekko and his partner, Sergeant Tim Herzog, spent three years working together for the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office.
The duo spent the next two years serving the citizens of Jefferson County.
“They have been instrumental in removing drugs from the streets of Jefferson County,” the department said.
The Belgian Malinois made headlines in August of 2016, when he helped the Dandridge Police Department by locating a large quantity of methadone, marijuana, cocaine and heroin during a traffic stop, The Jefferson County Post reported at the time.
In March of 2019, K9 Hekko located heroin packaged for resale inside two vehicles during a traffic stop, as well as pills, scales, crack-cocaine, and cash, the Citizen Tribune reported.
Six months later, he located another load of drugs and a loaded handgun during a late-night traffic stop, his department said in a Facebook post.
K9 Hekko and Sgt. Herzog’s last deployment occurred on Jan. 18, when they responded to help the New Market Police Department in tracking an armed robbery suspect, the JCSO said.
“We would ask that you would keep Sgt. Herzog and the Sheriff’s Office in your thoughts and prayers as we have lost a K-9 brother,” the department’s post read.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Sgt. Herzog in the loss of K9 Hekko.