HAZLET, NJ – One of Hazlet’s best four-legged has passed.
In a Facebook post on Friday morning, the police department announced the loss of K-9 Diablo, which assisted the department from September 2010 until his retirement in January 2020.
“Today we mourn the loss of our beloved partner, K-9 Diablo,” the department wrote. Together, the K-9 team have spent considerable time training in the areas of drug detection, tracking and apprehension. They have faithfully served the people of Hazlet and surrounding towns until his retirement on January 1, 2020. “
The K-9 has received several awards for illegal drug seizures and tracking missing and wanted people throughout nearly a decade of service. He was involved in a heroin attack near Beers Street School and a foot chase following an attempted burglary in Middletown.
In the social media post, Hazlet police thanked the , who helped put Diablo at ease during his final hours, as well as the officers and many K-9 teams around Monmouth County who came to pay their respects to the lost Department member.
“He was very friendly and always cheerful around the police station. He could be found any day at Hazlet schools to show his skills to young students,” the tribute from the police department continued. “He was loved by all and will be missed.”