Raynham Police Department mourns death of beloved K-9

This is a photo of Raynham Police Department K-9 Kyro. (RPD)

RAYNHAM, Mass. (WLNE) — The Raynham Police Department announced Wednesday that their retired K-9 Kyro passed away Monday due to sudden illness.

Since his career with the Raynham Police Department began in 2013, the 10-year-old German Shepherd had been deployed over 300 times.

Some of Kyro’s most notable career highlights were finding a disoriented man in the woods behind the Raynham IcePlex who was missing for 12 hours, and finding a gun thrown from a car during a pursuit.

Kyro frequently assisted in the search for missing people and suspects, as well as sniffing-out evidence.

Since retiring in the fall, the beloved K-9 lived out his final months on Earth living with his handler, Sgt. Frank Pacheco.

“Kyro served as a fearless and loveable member of not just our police department, but the Pacheco family as well,” said Chief James Donovan. “Kyro’s impact on our department, the Pacheco family, and surrounding communities will not be forgotten.”

An honor service was held on Tuesday at the Angel View Cemetery in Middleborough.

Members of the Raynham Police Department, other area K-9 teams, and law enforcement officers from the region joined together to mourn Kyro’s death.

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