SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - The Slidell Police Department lost one its own Monday, K-9 Chase.
Chase served the citizens of Slidell for nearly a decade. During his career, the K-9 assisted with the apprehension of over 100 criminals, took illegal narcotics off the streets, assisted in numerous outside police agencies, and provided education demonstration to thousands of delighted school children.
Chase was recently diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy. DM is a spontaneously occurring, adult-onset spinal cord disorder that affects dogs. It is similar to ALS and can lead to loss of coordination and paralysis.
Chase's handler, Sgt. Chris Newman, wrote a letter about Chase, expressing his emotions on the passing of his partner. The two met in 2003, and almost every day since then together.
"You were serious about your job and feared nothing, but you also knew how to just be a dog. You lived in our backyard and in our
house and I never feared you around my, or should I say, YOUR FAMILY," Newman wrote.
Newman was promoted to sergeant and Chase retired in January 2013. Chase lived out his days playing and chasing squirrels in Newman's backyard.
"I've thought about this day for a long time and always knew it wouldn't be easy. I wanted to thank you for being my partner and my friend. Most of all, thank you for always 'protecting your daddy,'" Newman said.
He signed the letter, "Your handler, partner and daddy."
You can read the entire letter below: