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Monroe Police bid farewell to K9 units

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MONROE, LA. (KNOE 8 News) - Pausing to remember, the Monroe Police Department held a memorial at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning to honor two K9 units that died earlier this year.

Monroe Police Chief Quentin Holmes, flanked by an honor guard, laid an American flag in front of pictures of K9 units "Robby" and "Mies" while a 21 gun salute taps played.

Dozens of police officers attending laid their hands on their hearts as taps played.

The pictures of the dogs were put up in front of the memorial bearing the names of Monroe PD's fallen officers at the Fallen Heroes Memorial Site.

The memorial was the same given to any human police officer.

For the officer who worked with "Robby," Sgt. James Marlow, that's because officers spend 40 hours a week training with these dogs until they become like their partners.

The K9 units even live in their homes with their families.

"Working with a dog, it's pretty much an every night ordeal in some fashion or another, even from doing a narcotics search on a vehicle on the street or looking for an armed robbery suspect, it's ongoing," Marlow said.

Marlow had to make the decision to put "Robby" to sleep after the dog's hips were hurting too much in his old age.

"Actually I feel good about it because Robby, he got to the point to where I had to make the decision to have him put down and it was a very tough decision but still, I know now he's not hurting," said Marlow.

"Mies" died on September 1st from injuries he sustained in a car accident.

Monroe Mayor, Jamie Mayo, was also in attendance.

Marlow told the other gathered officers during the ceremony that just because these dogs were no longer physically there, there will always be a special place in their hearts for them.

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