Connecticut State Police are mourning the loss of one of their own.
The department announced this week that police canine Arek has died after a brief battle with cancer. Arek served Connecticut State Police for five years, from 2013 to 2018, before he lost his life.
According to police, Arek was a member of the 164th Patrol Dog Class and the 172nd Narcotics Cross Training Class. He has been credited with more than 650 calls for service and several criminal, missing person, evidence and narcotics finds.
Police said that “Arek was always up for a great game of chuck-it but loved going to work even more. Arek was not one for wasting time and worked up until his final few days with us. Arek will be greatly missed by all that knew him and who he helped especially Troop H evening shift.”
On Facebook, the department celebrated Arek’s life and service to police.
“If we should meet again on another street I will gladly take up your fight. I am a Police Working K-9 and together we are guardians of the night,’” they posted. “We know Arek is patrolling the gates of heaven and welcoming all of our fallen brothers and sisters.”
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