K-9 Idol Laid To Rest After Stellar Palm Bay Police Career
By Space Coast Daily // October 25, 2014
diagnosed with aggressive and terminal cancer
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY – A member of the police canine unit was laid to rest Friday after being diagnosed with a terminal illness.
K-9 Idol was a six-year-old German Shepherd who served the department since 2010 alongside his partner Officer Dan Ellis.
Idol survived life-threatening surgery earlier this year and was able to return to duties.
Two weeks ago he was diagnosed with an aggressive and terminal cancer which caused him chronic and significant pain.
“Idol was an excellent police dog, and serving with Dan, was responsible for capturing numerous felons and for locating drugs countless times,” said Capt. Diana Blackledge.
“He was a beloved member of our pack and earned his place as our brother in law enforcement. Dan, his family, the K9 handlers and the officers who worked with Idol are experiencing a great loss. Let’s remember Idol for the sweet dog he was to us and for the tough dog he was when defending us. It was an honor serving with you, Idol!”