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Longest-serving Waterloo K-9 officer loses battle with cancer

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The Waterloo Police Department posted on Facebook they lost one of their own. 

Their retired K-9 officer, Robby, passed away on July 28th after a short battle with bone cancer. 

The police department said on Facebook the dog was born in Holland in 2005 and started working in Waterloo in 2006. 

He is the longest serving K-9 officer in the history of the Waterloo Police Department. 

Here's what was posted on the Waterloo Police Department K9 Unit Facebook Page: 

It is with great sadness that we are announcing the passing of retired K-9 officer Robby. Robby passed away on July 28th after a short battle with bone cancer.

Robby was a 12 year old Belgian Malinois, born in Holland in 2005, and started working in Waterloo in 2006. With nearly 10 years of service alongside his partner Sgt. Gus Farmer, Robby is the longest serving K9 in the history of the Waterloo Police Department, retiring in April 2016.

In 2007, Robby sustained life threatening injuries after falling three stories from a building in Waterloo, while searching the building for a burglary suspect. Robby made a miraculous recovery, not only surviving the fall, but unexpectedly returning to full duty.

During his career, Robby was involved in the seizure of hundreds of pounds of illegal narcotics worth well more than $1.5 million dollars, and thousands of dollars in U.S. currency that were the proceeds of illegal narcotics sales.

The larger seizures Robby were involved in were the location of 12 pounds of ICE methamphetamine and more than 100 pounds of marijuana.

Robby has also been involved in the apprehension of numerous suspects that were fleeing from, or hiding from police, this taking his overall total of arrests well into the hundreds.

Sgt. Farmer said Robby was a guardian over him at work for more than 10 years, and that Robby was also a guardian over his family when he was gone. Robby had a gentle balance with family and friends, with the precise ability to flip the switch to take care of business.

RIP Robby! You will be missed by many!

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