MAYVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputy shared a loving tribute to a long time K9 officer.
“I knew this day would come, most of us live through it, there's literally books and movies written about it, but when the day comes- it still hurts the same," Deputy Beichner said. "After an exceptional life, a life of service that allowed others to live because of his actions, my partner, the son before my son, passed away today."
Deputy Jason Beichner became a K9 handler with department in Mary 2011 and chose a dog that his then 7-year-old brother named Drago.
In 2017, Drago broke one of his legs during a training exercise and after unsuccessful surgeries, Drago's leg needed to be amputated.
Drago worked with the sheriff's department on three legs for over a year.
Beichner added, "And despite my incredible sadness the happy times out weigh the dark. I will miss you forever, my man."
Drago served with the sheriff's department for seven years, he was 12 years old.