“You notice I refer to them as officers, because they were in-fact officers,” Said
Both dogs had quite an impact on their community as well as their handlers. Captain Nichols of the El Dorado Police Department and his family took home the flag of 14 year old Nero, who passed away from natural causes. He tells us Nero was a true partner.
“I got him in May of 2005,” said Nichols. “We spent so much time together day in and day out at work. From the time I got ready to go to work, he loaded up in the police cruiser and we went to work.”
Union County Sheriff’s Officers and their K-9 partners paid tribute to Vick, who died in a training exercise. Current handler Deputy Dub Ingram says these dogs provide a very special bond outside of work:
“I have a 6 year old little boy, and we get in the backyard, we get in his pin, and I let my little boy [feed] him and pulls his ears and pulls his hair. You know, he’s part of the family”
His partner, Hammer is one of the many K-9 Officers in
“It’s an honor to be a handler, “said Ingram.”It’s a great feeling to know that you’ve got back up there, before back up comes.”
Both Nero and Vick were fully certified officers of the law, and today they received the same ceremonial honors that their human counter parts would receive. Between them, they served a combined 13 years in