EASTLAKE, OH (WOIO) - Eastlake Police announced on their Facebook page that K9 Ekko died unexpectedly yesterday at his handler's home.
The K9, who served on the department for four years, had no known health issues, according to his partner Officer John McCauley.
During his tour of duty, K9 Ekko was responsible for over 500 narcotic searches, and dozens of other searches and tasks. He was given the 2008 Top Honor Rookie award, the 2009 Top Honor for Tracking, and the 2011 Top Honor for Apprehension, all from the Bil-Jac Dog Food and the German Shepherd Dog Club of Northern Ohio.
On Friday, Patrolman McCauley said Ekko was fine when he left for work.
He added, "This is that stark reminder to always keep your loved ones close and never leave anything unsaid, because you never know when you will loose them."