CLEVELAND -- Police here announced the passing of one of their police canines. Jet, a 13 and a half-year-old black German Shepherd, passed away Monday as a result of old age and some medical problems, police said.
Police said he will be greatly missed, especially by his handler, Patrol Officer Antonio Colon.
Jet was born Sept. 25, 2001.
Upon coming to work in the Cleveland Police Canine Unit, he was assigned to Patrol Officer Colon. Jet was trained in narcotics detection and spent his days with Officer Colon assisting both Cleveland Police officers, as well as officers of partnering agencies, to perform their duties and take drugs off of the street.
Jet and Colon worked together very well. The team could always be counted on to report to safety fairs and community events, promoting positive police to citizen interaction.
Jet spent last summer with the children of the City of Cleveland by going to the recreation centers at lunch time for "Pizza with the Police." His demeanor was so calm and kind and the children's faces would just light up when they got to pet him.
Off duty, police said their canines live with their handlers. The dogs go home each night with the officers, making the teams inseparable.
The Division of Police will purchase another canine to take over where Jet left off. Police say that puppy will have some big shoes to fill.
No date for Jet's memorial service has been announced.