The Ridgefield Police Department paid their final respects to a K-9 member of their force. See how this canine hero, named Zeus, took his final ride with fellow officers before he had to be put down.
It was a touching moment, as you might imagine, when police officers said goodbye to a fellow officer. It was very difficult for all who knew and worked with Zeus to say goodbye! The sunsets behind the rolling hills of Ridgefield made for a serene backdrop for the solemn event. The officers remembered how Zeus wore the Ridgefield police badge and carried himself with respect, pride, and dignity.
A community mourned with the Police Force in honor of Zeus. The flag waved at half-staff next to a draped black cloth. This flag ceremony occurs each time an officer of the law, who once worked, goes for his final ride in a squad car.
For Zeus, the destination of his final ride was to the Ridgefield veterinary hospital. This was a one-way trip for this K-9 officer who had served with the Police Department for nine years.
John Roche, Ridgefield’s Police Chief, said this about Zeus, “this is an honor to be here for him during his last moments. The disease that had racked him had deteriorated to such a point that it was just too difficult for him to exist and continue. Zeus was so much more than just another pooch.”
Zeus is described as an Alpha dog having assisted, during his career, with hundreds of arrests, and for keeping us all safe through the many years.
Riding through a row of police from all over the state, Zeus said his final goodbye. His partner, Officer Sean Murray, was at his side all the way to the end.
Zeus’ passing leaves the Murray’s mourning the loss of a member of their family. Zeus will always be remembered for the happy times he had playing and chasing the ball, and doing what all normal family dogs do, except that he had a job. The passing of Zeus leaves an unmentionable pain within his handler, Officer Sean Murray, his family and the entire Police Force of Ridgefield.
Zeus retired from the Ridgefield Police Department because he had a degenerative hip disorder. He lived with the condition for a while. His lengthy resume of achievements included helping many people, keeping his handler safe, and specifically locating six people in life-threatening situations.
He will, no doubt, be truly missed in New Haven, Connecticut.
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