Memorial Service Held For Fallen Vermilion K-9

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K-9 Andy. (Photo credit: Vermilion Police Department)

K-9 Andy. (Photo credit: Vermilion Police Department)

VERMILION, Ohio — The Vermilion Police Department has honored the life of its beloved K-9, days after the dog died in a tragic accident.

Saturday morning, K-9 officers from across Ohio lined the entrance of the Vermilion Elementary School, where a memorial service was held for 4-year-old German Shepherd, Andy.

Andy was killed on June 26 when he fell during a routine training exercise. Other details about the incident were not immediately released, but Vermilion police said the accident was being investigated.

Andy had joined the VPD in April 2011, imported directly from Germany, where he was raised to become a police K-9. His American handlers named him after the late Sandusky Police Officer Andrew Dunn, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in March of 2011.

Corporal Scott Holmes was Andy’s partner, and the duo was certified through the Ohio Police Officers Training Council in the areas of narcotics, tracking, and patrol duties.

*Information from Vermilion Police Department.