A Chula Vista police officer embraces Griffen, a 7-year-old belgian Malinois, before the K9 officer died in the weekend.
(Chula Vista Police)
The authorities in Southern California were mourning one of their four-legged crime-fighting partners who died Friday.
The Chula Vista Police Department said Griffen, a 7-year-old belgian Malinois, was the victim of a secret medical condition.
Griffen handler, Officer Curtis Chancellor, his handler, family and other members of the department K9 program were present when he passed, police said.
The department posted a picture on Twitter of impress upon the handler giving an emotional last goodbye, the embrace of the dog with both arms.
On Friday, CVPD lost a trusted partner, K9 Griffen. It was a difficult day for all of us, especially Griffen, the handler and his best friend, Officer Chancellor. May you #RIP, Griffen. Thank you for your service to our Department and the city #ChulaVista. -1180 pic.twitter.com/sdik99O4hN
— Chula Vista Police (@ChulaVistaPD) March 25, 2018
“It is difficult to overestimate the bond that a K9 and his handler are as working long hours in dangerous situations,” a police spokesperson told FOX5 San Diego. “CVPD the law enforcement family extends deepest condolences to his partner officer.”
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Chula Vista police Lt. Eric Thunberg told FOX5 that Griffen worked with his handler on the night shift, and was well known in the community as a frequent guest at public events.
K9 Griffen EOW 04/30/11 – 03/24/18 Thank you for your service to the city centre of Chula Vista. Rest, boy. ?? #CVPD #belgianmalinois ##instamalinois #dutchshepherd #policedogs #k9 #k9life #crimefighter #GSD #thinblueline @nationalcitypd @elcentropd
“In the name of all the women and men at the Chula Vista Police Department, Thank You Griffen for your service,” police said in a statement. “You will be missed.”
“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.” – Anonymous K9 Griffen and Off. Chancellor #CVPD #belgianmalinois ##instamalinois #dutchshepherd #policedogs #k9 #k9life #crimefighter #GSD #thinblueline
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed