Medical condition forces police K9 into early retirement

Rosko will live out the remainder of his life at the home of his handler
May 03, 2018
Courtesy of: Mill Creek Police Department

The Mill Creek Police Department’s first service dog has been forced to retire a full year ahead of schedule due to an unspecified medical condition. The pure-bred German Shepherd named Rasko had been with the Mill Creek Police Department since 2013.

The city’s first four-legged officer will live out the remainder of his life at the home of his partner and handler, Mill Creek Officer Ian Durkee. His last on day on duty was March 13.

It was a pleasure serving the community with Police Service Dog Rasko,” said Durkee. “While I am saddened that Rasko’s service time has been cut short due to his medical condition, I have a lot of good memories from our time working together.

I am happy and grateful to have a little more time with Rasko in his retirement.

Rasko was born July 21, 2011. He completed extensive training prior to being fully commissioned with the Mill Creek Police Department in 2013. He specialized in tracking K9 techniques used for searching for suspects and evidence, apprehension of suspects, officer protection and community outreach.

Together with Officer Durkee, Rasko had more than 130 deployments with 32 arrests during his four-year career.

 

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