Ohio Police K9 memorial dedication in Amelia
AMELIA, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- Unlike family pets, K9 Officers put themselves in danger all the time. After breaking ground in June, the Ohio Police K9 Memorial was dedicated on Sunday. The memorial honors K9 Officers that have died in the line of duty and those that still serve.As the "Working Dog Poem" is read, each rose honors a K9 officer killed on duty. Just last month, K9 Officer "Falco" of the Toledo Police Department was killed on duty. The first K9 death in Ohio this year. The Amelia memorial is the only one of its kind, but it not only honors the fallen but those who've passed away and retired k9 officers. The first day on the job was April 5th 2005 and his last is on this day of dedication. The 11 1/2 year-old shepherd Razec is now officially retired. "We had a very successful career together, chasing bad guys and getting drugs off the street," said Officer Jay Shaw. "Been a great career, been a great partner and will be greatly missed."His handler and partner Officer Jay Shaw calls Razec a freak of nature and one of the best in Ohio. He made his first arrest within his first hours on the jobThis summer he won four medals in the Police and Fire games and even first place in the locker narcotics competition. But now, his crime fighting days are over, when Razec wakes up in the morning, he's the family pet, retired and relaxed. "I'll come home and he'll be meeting me at the gates," said Officer Shaw. "While I'm at work he will be laying out the sun, chewing on things." Follow Brad Underwood on Twitter @BUnderwoodWKRC, and LIKE him on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!