Chicago Police honored K-9 Rachel, an explosive detection dog who worked 10 years with the department, with a last call on their radio channel.
Rachel worked with Officer Charles Kocanda and was trained by the Transportation Security Administration, the Chicago Tribune reports.
She had protected the president, first lady, and foreign dignitaries. Rachel had a sudden onset of cancer in her spine that left her partially paralyzed. The department made the difficult decision to put her down on Sunday.
In honor of Rachel’s service, the Chicago Police Department issued this last call:
“All units standby, Citywide 1,” a dispatcher said. “7323 canine Rachel. 7323 canine Rachel. No response for canine Rachel. This is a final call for Chicago Police Explosives canine Rachel.”
“Canine Rachel has faithfully served the Chicago Police Department since June 2006. On December 18, 2016, rest in peace canine Rachel. Correct time is 0911 hours. This is the last call,” the dispatcher concluded.
The CPD also posted in K-9 Rachel’s honor on their Facebook page.
Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
This program is recognized as the gold standard for dog behavior. In CGC, dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test can earn a certificate and/or the official AKC CGC title. Dogs with the CGC title have the suffix, “CGC” after their names.