It was a sad day in Linwood as dozens of local police officers said goodbye to one of their faithful K-9 partners.
Deputy Chief of the Atlantic City Police Department, James Pasquale, said, "It's definitely losing one of our own. You know, we never forget our fallen brothers and sisters and we certainly don't forget our fallen K-9s."
On Thursday morning it was Atlantic City Police Sergeant William Tracy's time to say goodbye to his partner, “Bosco.”
Joe Rodriguez is the Supervising Trainer for the Atlantic County K-9 Academy and told NBC40, "We all work together; it's one big family. So when we have a sad occasion like this, you know, you make a call and everybody comes out for it. He should be honored."
Bosco was an 11-year-old German Sheppard and he accompanied Sergeant Tracy on the force for five years.
Catalina Montealegre, a Veterinarian at the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, said, "It's always difficult to lose a dog - let alone one you've been working with that has been saving your life for the last 10 years.”
On Thursday, members of the Atlantic City Police Department's K-9 unit, and other local K-9 teams, stood outside the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital as Tracy and other family members said their final goodbyes to their loyal friend inside.
Rodriguez explained, "He provided a great service to Atlantic City and it's only fitting that in his final days the guys come out and they honor him and send him off this way." Pasquale added, “When they retire, they continue to be that family member, you know? They're like one of our kids."
Officials say Bosco has been retired for a few years and has been battling cancer for a while. And as sad as it was to watch him go, the fellow K-9 officers know it's a bond that will never be broken, and a team that will be remembered forever.
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