Rocky Mount, NC – Rocky Mount Police Department (RMPD) K9 Remy succumbed to cancer on Oct. 20, according to his department.
The five-and-one-half-year-old German shepherd-Belgian Malinois mix had been diagnosed with renal carcinoma, RMPD Corporal Ricky Jackson told the Rocky Mount Telegram.
K9 Remy came to the U.S. from eastern Europe and was trained by East Coast K9, the Ventosa K9 Kennel, and the RMPD, according to the paper.
He joined the department in 2018, and served with the Special Response Team, the Patrol Services Division, and the Special Operations Division during his career, the RMPD said in a press release on Oct. 21.
K9 Remy, who was certified in tracking, evidence detection, and narcotics detection, received more than 1,204 hours of training during his years of service.
He has been credited for helping law enforcement remove more than a gram of cocaine and a kilogram of methamphetamine from the streets during his career, and also located “dozens of offenders and missing persons,” the department said.
“K-9 Remy leaves behind a RMPD family and a community that is grateful for his service,” RMPD Chief Robert Hassell said. “We will truly miss him.”
More than 70 people offered their condolences to K9 Remy’s family and the RMPD in response to the department’s Facebook post.
“I’m so sorry for the loss of K-9 Remy,” one message read. “Thank you for your dedicated service to our community Remy. Prayers going up for K-9 Remy’s handler, family and RMPD.”
“This breaks my heart,” another person wrote. “Thank you, K9 Remy for your loyal service. Run free now.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rocky Mount Police Department in the loss of K9 Remy.