SAUGUS — It is with great sadness and heavy hearts today that the Saugus Police Department announces the death of K-9 Bruin.
Bruin, a nine-year-old German Shepherd, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in February, and his health quickly declined. He joined the Saugus Police Department in February 2011. At the time, he was only 16 months old.
The Saugus Police Department held a final ride for Bruin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14 through the town of Saugus. Approximately 30 police cruisers from Saugus and surrounding communities escorted K-9 Bruin during his final ride.
Bruin attended training with his partner, Officer Timothy Fawcett, and was a certified patrol K-9. Bruin was also certified and trained to detect narcotics.
Over the last eight years, Bruin also met thousands of people during visits he made to schools and nonprofit organizations, both in Saugus and in the surrounding communities, as an ambassador of the department.
“He touched many lives,” said Interim Police Chief Ronald Giorgetti. “Bruin was a great K9, and served the department well. He also represented the department on over 100 visits he made to local schools and events, and had a special place in the heart of the community. He will be missed greatly by the Saugus Police Department and all members of the public.”
The Saugus Police Department will hold a memorial service to recognize K-9 Bruin and Officer Fawcett’s service to the department in the coming weeks and will provide details at a later date.