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FREDERICK — The Frederick Police Department lost a member of its team when police K9 Bo passed away from cancer Sept. 6.
Bo was in the process of being transitioned to retirement after nine years of service when a CT scan performed to discover the cause of back pain revealed kidney, lung and brain cancer.
A Belgian Malinois imported from the Netherlands specifically for police work, Bo served most of his career for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office in Nebraska, and spent the past three years working with his partner, Officer Andy Fairbanks, for the Frederick Police Department.
For more than nine years he was deployed 700 times, apprehended 18 suspects, and seized more than $30,000 in drug money, more than 1,000 pounds of narcotics and several handguns. Bo had become a beloved part of the Frederick community, performing demonstrations at many different community gatherings and events.
“Bo was a member of this family, and we are all saddened by his passing,” said Frederick Police Chief Gary Barbour. “He loved to work so much, and we are glad he got the chance to have such a long and impressive career. We will always remember his contributions in making Frederick a safer place.”
Several weeks ago, Officer Fairbanks had begun the process of training a new dog, Buran, since the time had come for Bo to retire. He hopes to have the dog certified and working very soon.