Upper Darby, PA – Upper Darby Police Department (UDPD) K9 Rocky died on Nov. 25, following a battle with an aggressive form of bone cancer, according to his department.
K9 Rocky, a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois, had served the department alongside his human partner, UDPD Officer Frank Guille, since 2014, The Delaware County Daily Times reported.
K9 Rocky’s fellow officers gathered around him to say their goodbyes before he was humanely euthanized on Nov. 25, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told the paper.
“They gave a humbling, supportive sendoff,” Superintendent Chitwood said.
Officer Guille was by his side in his final moments, the UDPD noted in a Facebook post later that evening.
“Ofc. Guille was by K9 Rocky’s side as he passed and was supported by members of the 4th Platoon, the Patrol Captain, UDPD K9, and other local K9 teams,” the department said. “Rest In Peace, Rocky. You will truly be missed!”
K9 Rocky, a patrol and narcotics K9, was “instrumental” in many arrests and investigations throughout his career.
He and Officer Guille also participated in “countless K9 demonstrations” for the citizens’ police academy, community days events, and at local schools.
“We are proud of him and will miss him,” the UDPD said in a LinkedIn post.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Upper Darby Police Department and Officer Guille in the loss of K9 Rocky.