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Remembering Waterloo K-9 officer Robby

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Memories of such an important member of the force.

Waterloo's longest serving K-9 officer died last week. This K-9 officer's name is Robby.

He served on the Waterloo Police Department for nearly 10 years before retiring last April. 

Robby started working in Waterloo alongside Sergeant Gus Farmer in 2006. 

Chief Trelka says Robby has helped catch well-over 100 suspects, and helped find hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs. 

One story that stands out is when Robby was badly hurt after falling three stories, while trying to catch a burglar.

" Its amazing the dog even survived. But not only did Robby survive, but he came back to full duty. He came back to work. He was a tough K9," Police Chief Dan Trelka says. 

He was not only a hard-working dog, but also a family member.

Robby knew how to balance work and home life.

"He always appeared to be happy. He was a good- natured dog. From what I understand, one moment he could be a family dog, and the next moment he could be aggressively pursuing suspects," Trelka says. 

Robby was a Belgian Malinois. He was born in Holland in 2005.

He died on July 28th after a short battle with bone cancer. He was 12 years old.

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