Rocky Hill K-9 takes last ride after cancer diagnosis - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Rocky Hill K-9 takes last ride after cancer diagnosis

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Rocky after his final cruiser ride. (Gutsfeld family photo) Rocky after his final cruiser ride. (Gutsfeld family photo)

The Rocky Hill Police Department said goodbye to a beloved K-9 on Monday.

Rocky, a dog that's been a member of the department for nine years, was diagnosed with cancer last week.

"Very loyal to his handler," said Officer Brian Kelley of Rock Hill's K-9 unit. "And very loyal to his family."

Not wanting him to suffer, Rocky's handlers chose to put him to sleep. Before that however, they wanted to give him a fitting tribute.

"Rocky was a phenomenal dog," Kelley said.

Rocky was partnered with Sgt. Erik Gutsfeld, who took him on his final ride to the vet in their police cruiser.

Those who knew the dog said he lived up to the old adage "man's best friend."

"A tremendous worker, loved to work," Kelley said. "Was a constant professional when it comes to dogs."

Supporters stood along Cromwell Avenue to say their final goodbyes as he rode for the last time. Officers from other towns also gathered.

As Rocky jumped out of the cruiser, while gnawing on his tennis ball, officers and fellow canines stood by to salute their friend.

Officers could also be heard on their radios bidding farewell. They all said they found comfort in knowing that he had one more ride.

After nine years of service, it was the sendoff Rocky's family said he deserved.

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