SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The K-9 Division of the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept. are saying goodbye to one of its premier members Thursday.
K-9 Nick, who joined the unit in September 2001 as a partner of Cpl. Eric Dukarski, will be euthanized and cremated, according to police. The Dukarski family will be entrusted with his ashes.
Sgt. Gregory Ernst, commander of the unit, said in a news release that arthritis and other ailments that forced Nick's retirement three years ago have become so severe that the quality of life was no longer sustainable.
Nick was one of the first K-9s to join the unit. He retired to live with the Dukarski family and was replaced by K-9 Nado.
Nick participated 131 suspect and rescue tracks, 244 building searches, 756 narcotic searches, 121 evidence searches; and 487 arrests including seven in which he physically apprehended the suspect, according to police.
Nick was responsible for getting a suspect who was hiding in an ice machine during a robbery at a liquor store on Wheaton Street.