On Monday, the Brookfield Police Department announced the passing of K9 Officer Bruno, who was 11 years old.
Bruno started his career at the Brookfield Police Department in January of 2008 with Sgt. Jeffrey Osuch.
He served until July 2016.
In a Facebook post, the police department said “Bruno was certified in and performed the following Police K-9 functions: narcotics detection, tracking, area and building searching, evidence recovery and handler protection. During his career, Bruno was not only called into action in Brookfield, but he was also called in to assist the Bethel, Danbury, Monroe, New Milford, Newtown, Ridgefield, Woodbury, and Connecticut State Police Departments.”
During his service, Bruno assisted with countless drug arrests and served on a regional emergency services unit and took the lead position on several emergency services unit calls.
“On one ESU call, Bruno led the Unit on a track of an armed bank robber and assisted during a several hour standoff with the suspect. Not only did Bruno track several armed and unarmed criminal suspects over his career but he tracked missing adults/children and suicidal persons as well. Most recently, in February of 2016, Bruno successfully tracked a suicidal 17 year old female, in the dead of winter, which helped save her life. In addition to his front-line police duties, Bruno participated in numerous public relations and informational demonstrations in the community,” the Facebook post said.
Throughout his career, Bruno was awarded one life saving award, three exceptional service awards, and one unit citation award, in addition to many letters of commendation and thanks.
“The passing of Bruno will leave a void in the lives of those with whom he came in contact and with the communities he faithfully served,” the post said.
To see more photos of Bruno, click here.
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