Enfield, NC – Enfield Police Department (EPD) K9 Lucky died at home on May 25 while undergoing treatment for a recently diagnosed medical condition.
His handler, EPD Officer Larry Peaden, was by his side, the department said in a Facebook post.
“Lucky was recently diagnosed with a medical condition and placed on limited duty,” the agency’s post read. “Even though he started his first round of treatment for his condition unfortunately on Saturday at home with his handler, Officer Larry Peaden, Lucky passed away.”
K9 Lucky, a German Shepherd, joined EPD three years ago.
“Every day I work, he’s in the backseat with me,” Officer Peaden told WNCN. “Most of the time, if I was riding around on patrol, he was laying down in the backseat asleep, but once he heard me activate the blue lights, he’d sit right up and he was ready to go to work.”
As the first K9 unit on EPD’s force, K9 Lucky was a major asset.
He was credited with locating drugs and firearms on several occasions, and also helped to track and apprehend suspects, Officer Peaden said.
On duty or off, the duo was always together.
“He became an everyday part of my life,” the veteran officer said. “I miss him…I was definitely lucky to have him.”
EPD said it will hold a memorial service to honor K9 Lucky’s service at a future date.
“We ask that you keep Officer Peaden and his family, the department, the Enfield community in your prayers,” the agency’s post read.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Enfield Police Department and Officer Peaden in the loss of K9 Lucky.