Hampton Police K-9 officer dies after being diagnosed with cancer

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dogHAMPTON, Va. – A K-9 officer with the Hampton Police Division has died.

The department announced that the dog died on November 26 after recently being diagnosed with cancer.

The dog’s name was Diesel and he served Hampton Police for almost 8 years. During his time on duty Diesel and his partner ran over 542 different tracks that resulted in the apprehension of 25 suspects. Three of those suspects were for homicides, one was a robbery suspect, and five were wanted for shootings.

Diesel also helped locate 13 missing people.

A Police Memorial will take place on December 8 at 2 p.m. at the Fort Monroe Theater located at 42 Tidball Road on Fort Monroe, to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of Police K-9 Diesel.  The ceremony is open to the public.

The department said, “You’ve answered the call and gave your all…Now Rest in Peace Diesel.”