Procession honors retired K-9

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A sea of blue and red lights could be seen in Lafayette Monday night in honor of an officer who served Tippecanoe County for nearly 9 years.

As News 18 told you Friday night, his name was Arko and he was an 11-year-old Belgian Malinois. He served alongside his handler, Tippecanoe County Dep. Donald Miller.

Arko was a part of countless drug arrests and criminal apprehensions.

Correction officer Jim Knogge, who has had two K- 9s of his own, said the procession of police cars is an emotional way to pay respects and show support.

“A lot of happy moments come flooding back into your memory, to the point where you’re overcome with emotion. Just to see the amount of backing and the lighting that is involved with this — it’s just amazing,” said Knogge.

A tumor on Arko’s pancreas affected his blood sugar and he died at the Purdue Small Animal Hospital Friday morning.

Another retired K-9, West Lafayette’s Kay, died earlier this month.

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