ANDOVER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – A beloved K-9 officer, known for his work in the Boston Marathon Bombing, took his last ride Wednesday after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
Sergeant Michael “Mickey” Connor recently had to make an incredibly tough decision to put down his beloved ten-year-old K-9 named Grimm. Before Grimm was set to pass on later in the day, firefighters and members of the public lined the streets of Downtown Andover to watch the procession of motorcycle police and other K-9 units.
Joey, a friend of Sergeant Connor, was holding a shirt with “Andover Police K-9 Unit” written across it.
“We’ve always just been pals and he got me the t-shirt to represent what he felt about his dog," he said.
Sergeant Connor and Grimm have an extensive resume after serving the town of Andover for a decade. The dynamic duo was at the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Watertown Standoff and competed in numerous USPCA dog trials. Connor and Grim also taught the incoming freshman class of Andover high School about drugs and police work every year.
“This will be a tough time for Sergeant Connor and his family as this is the second police K9 they have lost,” the Andover Police Department wrote on Facebook. “Niko and Grimm were both loved by the Connor family and the APD.”
The department is also welcoming letters of support to be sent to the police station to help Sergeant Connor during this difficult time.
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