Hanover Fire K-9 retires after nearly 9 years of service

Hanover County

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — One of Hanover County Fire’s most dedicated members has retired. 

K-9 Captain Nero was honored by the department for his many years of service to the community. Nero has served as an Explosive and Weapons Detections K-9 since December 2010, with Lt. William Bryant and his handler. 

During the past eight years, Nero and Lt. Bryant has responded to more than 250 calls for service, ranging from sweeps in local schools to assisting law enforcement agencies with locating firearms that were used in the commission of crimes.

“K-9 Nero and Lt. Bryant has helped to make Hanover County and the surrounding jurisdictions a safer place to learn, work, play and live,” Hanover Fire-EMS said on social media. 

Some highlights of K-9 Nero’s work include assisting with conducting sweeps for the inauguration of President Donald Trump, Governor Terry McAuliffe and Governor Ralph Northam; assisting with conducting sweeps during visits from First Lady Michelle Obama, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Secretary of State John Kerry, Senator Ted Cruz and Former President George W. Bush; and assisting the region during the UCI Bicycle Race that was held over ten days in 2015.

K-9 Nero retired just shy of his 10th birthday.

“We would like to wish K9 Nero a happy and healthy retirement,” the fire department said. 

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