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Hero Down: North Palm Beach Police Department K9 Deny Succumbs To Cancer

North Palm Beach, FL – North Palm Beach Police Department (NPBPD) K9 Deny died on Sept. 12 after a battle against cancer, according to his department.

K9 Deny served the NPBPD for five years, North Palm Beach Police Chief Rick Jenkins said in a press release later that evening.

“It is with great sadness that I notify our NPBPD community that K9 Deny, a five-year veteran of NPBPD K9, has passed away from cancer after a months long courageous battle,” Chief Jenkins said.

The chief described the beloved police dog as a “dedicated member” of the department’s K9 family.

“[K9 Deny] was happiest when looking for and apprehending criminals,” he noted. “Deny was that rare dog who was able to function at a high level in police service and also share his love of others with those humans he chose to love.”

K9 Deny was named Officer of the Month in April of 2019 and February of 2021, according to the Village of North Palm each website.

“While you may be ‘end of watch,’ your love for the job will be remembered, and Dan (your dad), Corinne (your mom), as well as your close and extended family in this community all love you and will miss you terribly,” Chief Jenkins wrote.

Dozens of people offered their condolences in response to the NPBPD’s announcement of K9 Deny’s death.

“Deny you will be missed by our family,” one message read. “Because of Deny and Officer Bussek our son wants to be a K9 officer. Thank you for your service. Thinking of you and all during this difficult time.”

“So sorry for your loss,” another person wrote. “Thank you for your service to the residents of North Palm Beach and the residents of Palm Beach County. Praying for your family in this difficult time.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the North Palm Beach Police Department and Officer Bussek in the loss of K9 Deny.

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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