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Virginia Tech celebrates veteran K9s

Virginia Tech celebrates veteran K9s (Image 1) (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) - March 13 is K9 Veterans Day nationwide, and the Virginia Tech Police Department celebrated one of its most experienced four-legged officers.  

Yellow labrador Boomer joined the force back in 2008 as an explosives and weapons detection K9.

He was purchased in response to the April 16 massacre on campus.  

Boomer will soon turn nine-years-old and is set to retire in January. His handler, Larry Wooddell, was eligible to retire in February, but he has chosen to stay on board another year so he can retire with K9 partner.  

Along with responding to calls, Boomer is also used at most Virginia Tech home football games.