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First Yakima Police Dog Passes Away

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YAKIMA, WA. -- Earlier this week the Yakima Police Department lost a beloved retired member of their staff.

Lektor was the very first Yakima police dog and Sergeant Henne says he loved him like a family member. Lektor was brought in from the Netherlands to serve for the department back in 2004. He served for 8 years as Sergeant Henne's right hand working every day with the officer. 

Sergeant Henne loved Lektor so much that he adopted him when the dog retired from the force. Sergeant Henne describes Lektor as a kind soul who would even allow his 2 year old son to get on his back and ride him like a pony. And he misses him a lot.  

"You know he was just there, he was always there," Sgt. Henne said. "He slept next to me on the floor next to my bed. When I got home he was right there by the door, the back door, waiting for me."

Now the police department has four police dogs on staff. But Sergeant Henne says Lektor will always be remembered as the first dog to serve in Yakima.

Even though he misses him so much, Sergeant Henne is glad Lektor lived a long life to the age of 16 and he is proud to have called him his coworker and friend.