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Everest Metro officer prepares for K-9 partner to retire

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A police dog in the Wausau community will retire in a few weeks.

The K-9 has worked in the Everest Metro Police Department for the past six years.

Officers there told Newsline 9 the dog's ability training and experience will be missed.

Everest Metro Police Officer Rob Dickerson is Lord's handler. He said it's hard to imagine work without his partner.

"I know all things happen for a reason and it was good because Lord has been the best police dog I could ever ask for," he said.

The two have been through a lot together, working in Milwaukee and at the Everest Metro Police Department. They are also a part of the Marathon County SWAT team.

"Lord is like a light switch. When it's time to work, all I have to do is turn the light switch and he's in work mode," said Dickerson.

During a routine traffic stop, Officer Dickerson used lord to check a vehicle.

The K-9 didn't smell anything and the driver went on his way without a citation, but Dickerson said the dog's training makes his job easier.

"He does so many things and he does them all very well," said Dickerson.

However, the Belgian Malinois is nine years old and Dickerson said it's time to retire.

"It will be different not having a partner," he added.

The department will soon have a new K-9 and trained handler on the force.

The new dog's name is Aron. He's currently training with an Everest Metro Police officer in Indiana.

The police chief told Newsline 9 grants and donations helped cover the $25,000 cost for the new dog.

"The outpouring of support has been fantastic," said Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks.

As for lord, he'll stay with officer Dickerson, but in a different role.

"They're pretty much partners for life," said Sparks.

"Lord will stay home and he'll enjoy his retirement. He'll start sleeping on the couch. He'll finally get some dog treats and he'll get to act like a normal dog at home," Dickerson added.

Until May 12, Dickerson will enjoy his last few weeks on the job with his partner.

"He's the perfect police dog and we're going to miss him when he retires," he said.

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