COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — Coventry police said their final farewell to “Enzo” – the department’s K9 officer who died last week, just days before he was set to retire.
The department posted a video on its Facebook page of Enzo’s last call.
The dispatch began with:
“All units clear the air to copy the final call for K-9 Enzo.”
The dispatcher then repeated the following phrase three times,”Headquarters to K-9 Enzo.”
After a brief silence, the dispatch continued.”K-9 Enzo, your brothers and sisters at the Coventry Police Department would like to thank you for your 10 years of loyal service to this department and the Town of Coventry. We’d like to take a moment of silence on your behalf.”
After several moments of silence, the dispatcher concluded his message.
“K-9 Enzo you are now 10-42. May you rest in peace.”
During a ceremony Monday, Col. John MacDonald presented Enzo’s handler – Lt. Bryan Ricci – with a plaque initially meant to honor the dog’s retirement. However, Enzo never made it to his retirement ceremony. He became sick and was put down just days before.
In addition to Monday’s ceremony, K-9 officers from around the state took part in a procession to honor the officer.
Enzo’s accomplishments include finding multiple missing people – and assisting in drug busts, including one that was the second largest heroin bust in the history of the state at the time.
He was 12 years old.