Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Falko the German Shepherd, who had served for more than a decade as a police K-9 with the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit in New Jersey, received a full-honor send-off before being euthanized.
Surrounded by his family, Falko took a final walk past an honor guard of police officers and other K-9s he’s worked with for more than 11 years before being put down.
Falko was a highly trained and hard-working police K-9, who had only retired a couple of weeks ago and was to enjoy an easy life out of police work when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Falko, a long-serving police K-9 who was diagnosed with cancer, was given a full-honor send-off, before being put down in Robinsville, New Jersey.
Police officer Dave Lasko told ABC 7 News:
We want to honor Falko for all his years of service with James and all the great jobs he’s done. It’s his final send-off.
Sergeant Pat Hamor, K-9 unit commander, said:
Bomb threats and all kinds of high risk calls and he put his life on the line for all of our officers, so this is the least we can do for him.
2. Falko took a final walk past an honor guard of police officers and other K-9s he’s worked with for more than 11 years before being put down.
Police officer Bill Bernard added:
This here is Hunter. This was Falko’s son who followed in his father’s footsteps and also was an explosives detection dog.
Once cancer struck, it spread quickly and there was nothing that could be done. Police officer Kurt Kroeper said:
He didn’t get to enjoy his retirement but he enjoyed working every day as it was he was a great dog.
3. Falko was a highly trained and hard-working police K-9, who had only retired from service a couple of weeks ago.
Falko had lived and worked with Officer James Faye and his family. Kelly Faye, wife of Officer Faye, said:
He knew when he had to work and when he came home, he knew he had a family.
For his part, Officer Faye told ABC 7 News that he got a text from a friend which hit home for him. He said:
It said, “Great dogs never leave, they live in our hearts forever” and I was very grateful for that text and it’s true. He was a great dog and he touched a lot of people.
Colin Faye, the officer’s son, added:
I just woke up this morning and I just thought to myself, “I’m never gonna see this dog again”, but from the quote my dad said, I will in my heart.
4. Surrounded by his family, Falko took a final walk past an honor guard of other K-9s and police officers he’s worked with over the years before being euthanized.
Source: ABC 7 News.
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