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Roanoke Police K9 passes, honored by department

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The Roanoke Police Department sadly announced Wednesday the death of one of their four legged officers.

K9 Odin proudly served the Department since June of last year. 

Police tell WSLS that
K9 Odin passed away in the early morning hours on May 13th.  K9 Odin's partner, Officer Randall Cox, was there by his side. 

The results of a necropsy performed later that same day revealed Odin died of an intestinal torsion.  K9 Odin was a two-year-old male German Shepherd.  K9 Odin was trained and fully certified in explosive detection and patrol.  

The dog graduated from Basic K9 School last September after certifying with the Virginia Police Work Dog Association and the North American Police Dog Association in Explosive Detection and Patrol.

"K9 Odin was not only my partner," said Officer Randall Cox, "he was the partner of the entire Police Department and really the entire Roanoke Valley."  "I was just the one lucky enough to ride in the car with him,"

Officer Cox explained.  K9 Odin was responsible for a variety of tasks from entertaining school children during K9 demonstrations, to criminal apprehension, to conducting building searches so officers wouldn't be put in harm's way, to explosive detection detail for any state or federal dignitary's visit to Roanoke.

Officers are planning a private memorial service to honor K9 Odin soon.

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