IMPD K-9 passes away off-duty on New Year’s Eve

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 2, 2016) — Metro police are mourning the loss of a fellow furry four-legged officer.

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Facebook page, police K-9, Rocky, died while off-duty after serving his final shift, along side his handler on New Year’s Eve.

“Rocky, an 11-year-old Belgian Malinois, worked with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department Criminal Interdiction Unit since September 2011 passed away January 1, 2016, while off duty having served his final shift on New Year’s Eve with his handler Officer Stephanie Humerickhouse.

Prior to being with IMPD, Rocky was a service canine with the Border Patrol in El Paso Texas. While with the Border Patrol, he worked the vehicular and pedestrian crossing lines at the Mexican /U.S. Border.

As a dedicated, duty-driven narcotics police canine, Rocky loved his work. He looked forward to every work day, not only to ‘get the job done’, but to socialize with the officers, many times with his Kong Toy in tow. All enjoyed time with Rocky and the energy shared would provide Rocky with yet more incentive to complete his duties.

Rocky was an exceptional canine –he looked forward to school trips, to see children during his Canine demos. A true gentle giant, loving, and tender, he will truly be missed by all.

Although Rocky’s End of Watch has arrived, he is now an Angel in Blue who wore his badge with honor every day and will be remembered by his comrades and friends now that he is no longer with us.” — IMPD Facebook