A Pierce County sheriff’s dog has retired after seven years of service with the department.
Diego, a 9-year-old black Labrador retriever, was diagnosed with terminal heart cancer in mid-July. He stayed on the job until Sept. 9.
The dog will live out his days with his handler, deputy Bill Hultman.
The pair began working together in April 2009 after Diego graduated from the Auburn University Canine Detection and Training Center. Diego became a bomb dog and received extensive training in explosives detection.
Hultman and Diego were the first civilian law enforcement team to complete the Boeing K-9 Unit’s 400-hour training program and receive certification from the Criminal Justice Training Center.
Here’s a breakdown by the numbers of Diego’s career:
▪ 6,018 routine facility checks for Pierce Transit.
▪ 2,544 routine bus checks for Pierce Transit.
▪ 1 presidential visit.
▪ 3 vice presidential visits.
▪ 1 Israeli cabinet minister visit.
▪ 1 president of China visit.
▪ 1 Special Homeland Security detail in Tacoma.
▪ 1 U.S. Open golf tournament.
▪ 4 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders at Century Link Field.
▪ 3 seasons with University of Washington Huskies football at Husky Stadium.
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