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This furry officer has officially retired from police work

Rocky is retiring after 10 years as a K9 with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.
Rocky is retiring after 10 years as a K9 with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.

One of Madison County’s furriest officers has retired after 10 years of service with the sheriff’s department.

Rocky, a 12-year-old German Shepherd, has worked with Deputy Scott Gurley for 10 years. In that time, he’s assisted in investigations with Illinois State Police, the Drug Enforcement Agency, FBI, U.S. Marshals, the SWAT and Special Response teams and has worked in multiple prisons.

Rocky specializes in narcotics detection, and also assisted patrol deputies, according to a Madison County Sheriff’s Department news release.

He’s won an award for evidence detection from the German Shepherd Dog Club of St. Louis, and he and Gurley were named the top patrol building search team and top narcotic detection team by the North American Police Work Dog Association.

“K9 Rocky and Deputy Gurley have been an outstanding team and I couldn’t be any prouder of the work they have done,” said Sheriff John Lakin. “Our K9 teams, both past and present, have always been a key in our mission to protect and serve.”

Now that he’s not a working dog, Rocky will be taking it easy at home with Gurley, where he’ll be “showered in love and affection.”

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