(BEDFORD) – Law enforcement officers in Lawrence County paid tribute this morning as Bedford Police Canine Officer Ciro who was put to rest.
Ciro suffered from degenerative myelopathy, a hip disorder that is very painful. His suffering came to an end at the Animal Care Clinic on Mitchell Road.
Ciro was handled by Bedford Police Major Jeremy Bridges. The Bedford Board of Works approved Ciro’s retirement in July.
Ciro began his service with the department in 2011. His final day on the job was June 16, 2020.
“I and the board of works and city council members wanted to thank both Bridges and Ciro for all their hard work as a team,” said Bedford Mayor Sam Craig.
There are multiple hours of training, hard work, dedication, and loyalty between the canine and his handler.
After his retirement Ciro remained in the care of Major Bridges.
“They have been an integral part of the department and community. Both being involved with search and rescues, drug searches, multiple arrests, detaining fleeing suspects, community and school demonstrations and much more,” said Chief Terry Moore. “Ciro’s dedication to the department, the city and to Major Bridges will not be forgotten.”