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Heroic canine in Massachusetts has died

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On Monday, the Pittsfield, Mass., Police Department announced the passing of one of their decorated police canines.

According to the department, the German shepherd, named "Nero," who had been on the force for nearly eight years, died after a long illness.

Nero had been partnered with Officer James Parise since 2006.

Nero's heroics were highlighted in the police statement:

In 2009, K-9 Nero received the Department’s Life Saving Commendation for his actions in locating a woman who had wandered away from a homeless shelter in freezing temperatures and not dressed for the weather.

Nero located the missing woman trying to keep warm under a pile of leaves. In 2012, Nero tracked an elderly man who had wandered from his home in freezing cold temperatures. After a two mile track, Nero located the man in a barn, where he was seeking shelter and trying to stay warm.

The veteran canine is credited with apprehending numerous felons as well as with locating illegals drugs. Nero also participated in numerous public outreach programs in which children were taught about police canine work.

Nero's succumbed to his illness on Feb. 14.

The department stated:

K-9 Nero was a valued and productive member of the Pittsfield Police Department and will be missed greatly.

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