HANOVER, VA—The Hanover County Sheriff's Department has lost one of their own—police K-9 officer Ranger died Saturday.
Ranger, a three-and-a-half-year-old German Shepherd, suffered from a terminal illness and passed away peacefully Saturday.
His handler, Deputy Ben Bokor, remained at Ranger's side until his passing.
Ranger and his handler completed a 13 week patrol dog school and were certified through the Virginia Police Work Dog Association in the areas of tracking, obedience, apprehension, building searches, article searches and agility.
Ranger joined the Sheriff's Office in March 2011. Ranger and Deputy Bokor worked in the Patrol Division.
"Our K-9s are a special part of our law enforcement family who faithfully serve alongside us every day. They start and end their tour of duty just like any other officer, and often face the same risks that our officers confront. We are saddened by his loss and grieve with Deputy Bokor who shared a special bond with Ranger," said Colonel David R. Hines, Sheriff.
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