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MARION (KWWL) -
The Marion Police Department introduced the newest addition to its K9 Unit Saturday morning at its third annual Pancake Breakfast.
Fador is now the bomb dog as 12-year-old Rico retires. The department said this is only the second time it's had a ceremonial swap with its police dogs.
Rico enjoyed his last day on the job and ran drills with his partner, Cpl. Jeff Hartwig, at the breakfast at Grace Baptist Church. While his days on the force are over, Hartwig said he plans to keep him in the family.
"The city will actually sign him over to me so he'll be my personal dog. After nine years, eight and a half years nine years, I'd hate to have to say goodbye and turn him over to anyone else," Hartwig said.
Patrol officer Mitch Walser and Fador will take over for Hartwig and Rico, a partnership he's very much looking forward to.
"It's something new, it's different, just the different aspect of having a partner with me in the car. He's my buddy so it's nice I'm not going to be working alone at least for a few years here," Walser said.
The Marion Police Department's K9 Unit runs entirely on donations from the community. All the proceeds from the pancake breakfast helped support the K9 department.
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