FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Florence County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of one of its former K-9 officers.
According to an FCSO press release, Hank, a full-blooded German shepherd, died on Tuesday, almost a year after he was retired from active duty.
Hank was won by the FCSO in a raffle at the 2007 National Criminal Enforcement Association winter conference in Atlanta and entered his service in February of that year as a full-service patrol dog, the release stated.
Eventually, Hank became one of the first FCSO full-service patrol K-9s to be fully certified by the North American Police Working Dog Association.
Throughout his service, Hank took part in countless drug, contraband and illegal currency seizures; building clearings; and suspect apprehensions, the release stated.
The dog was also capable of running at speeds of 35 miles per hour.
"Hank looked forward to going to work every day," said Sgt. Anderson Beane, Hank's only partner and handler. "As soon as he would see me with my green uniform pants on, you (would) see the excitement on his face. He was ready to go."
In addition to his service in the field, Hank was also used around school children for demonstration purposes.
According to the FCSO, Hank was born on March 15, 2005 and retired on July 15, 2015.