After a distinguished career serving his community, a West Hartford (CT) K-9 officer was honored this week.
K-9 Reign, a German Shepherd who was part of the West Hartford Police Department for six years, was recognized by his peers during an honor ride ceremony.
Reign retired in 2012 after being a part of numerous successful missions working alongside Detective Rosario Savastra, a 17-year veteran of the West Hartford Police Department. At 14 years old and in failing health, Reign had to be put down by his veterinarian Wednesday night. "It's hard to put into words because he was everything, he was a great police dog," Savastra said. "He was hardcore and then he would come home and it was like flicking a light switch; he'd be so loving to my family." Lt. Eric Rocheleau, a fellow K-9 Officer in West Hartford, said that Officer Reign served his department well. "Reign was as serious as a heart attack to bad guys but you brought him in the station and everybody loved him." On the steps of the station house, officers gathered to salute K-9 Reign. Detective Savastra then drove his partner on an honor ride, Reign's last ride in a police car, passing by two dozen West Hartford police personnel.
Fighting back tears, Savastra said "It's nice to see how everyone cared about him and still does." As evening approached, with friends and family gathered together, Reign was put down about an hour after his honor ride.
Rocheleau added "I can't even explain it, it's like losing one of our family members." We thank K-9 Reign for his service and send our sincere condolences to his partner and department. SC: Fox61. #k9 #policek9 #workingdog #herodog #mansbestfriend #loyalty #westhartfordpd #dogsoffreedom