Hero Down: Eureka Police Department K9 Reno Dies From Autoimmune Disease

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Eureka Police Department K9 Reno served his department for seven years.

Eureka, MO – Eureka Police Department (EPD) K9 Reno died on Dec. 9, following a recent autoimmune disease diagnosis, according to his department.

“It is with great sadness the Eureka Police Department announces the passing of Police Service Dog Reno,” the agency said in a Facebook post.

K9 Reno, a Slovakian-born German Shepherd, joined the EPD on Sep. 11, 2012, the Eureka-Wildwood Patch reported at the time.

The patrol and narcotics-detection K9 was partnered up with EPD Sgt. Mike Werges for his entire seven-year career.

“The team won multiple awards together over the seven year span including being named the top narcotics detection team by the German Shepherd Dog Club of St. Louis in 2013,” the EPD said.

Sgt. Werges was also the recipient of the North American Police Work Dog Trainer of the Year Award in 2017.

K9 Reno conducted hundreds of searches during his service with the department. He also enjoyed meeting thousands of citizens over the years.

K9 Reno was the fourth K9 to serve the department since the K9 unit was established in 1993, according to the EPD.

“Sgt. Werges would like to thank Dr. Greise and the staff at My Vet Animal Clinic for taking great care of Reno,” the agency added. “A special thank you to everyone who has supported the K-9 program over the years.”

“Rest in Peace Reno, you did your job well,” the EPD post read.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Eureka Police Department and Sgt. Werges in the loss of K9 Reno.

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