The Warsaw Police Department is mourning the loss of K-9 “Dax,” who passed away on Monday.
Officials made the announcement on their Facebook page Wednesday afternoon. Dax was partnered with Corporal Phil Reed, joining the department on April 1st, 2013.
The department said, “Dax was the largest K9 in the county and served his entire career on the midnight shift. It was always a site to see the small frame handler with one of the bigger Malinois dogs serving in law enforcement! However, the obedience, loyalty, and love Dax displayed for Phil were undeniable. Dax assisted the Warsaw Police Department and other surrounding agencies in countless searches for narcotics and fleeing suspects. He could often be seen during public appearances showing off his skills of locating drugs, finding people, and bringing fleeing felons to justice.
On September 5th of this year, Dax was taken out of service because of a diagnosis of brain cancer. He was no longer called upon to patrol the streets of Warsaw and was able to rest solely a member of the Reed family at home. Still, WPD provided treatment for the cancer and Dax continued to fight the disease.
On October 28th, during treatment, Dax suddenly took a turn for the worse, losing his fight with cancer. At the time of his passing, Warsaw’s K9 was surrounded by Cpl. Reed and his family. Please remember the Reed family during this difficult time.”