WILLOWICK, OH (WOIO) - The Willowick Police Department has lost one of their own.
The department's first police canine, Recon, has died.
Recon had been with the department since 2006, when he was brought to Willowick from Germany and partnered with Ptl. Dan Hirz.
Recon was a dual-purpose K9, trained in patrol and narcotics detection, and also served as an ambassador for the Willowick Police Department.
He retired in April of 2014 and was later diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy, a progressive neurological disease.
Officer Hirz says it was his distinct honor to share Recon with the citizens of Willowick.