Irondale Police Department mourning the loss of K9 officer

IRONDALE, Ala. (WIAT) — The Irondale Police Department is in mourning Monday. Over the weekend, officers lost a trusted and beloved brother in blue, according to Detective Mike Mangina.

K9 officer J-R spent a lot of time with his partner, Sgt. Kyle Roberson.

On Friday, a tumor in J-R’s spleen ruptured. Because of his age and the severity of the condition, the decision was made to put him down.

“In my 23 years, J-R was one of the best drug dogs I’ve seen,” Mangina said. “He loved to work, always so eager to jump in a car and go to work. They will miss him. What a great dog. Great around Sgt. Roberson’s family. Friendly, playful dog.”

J-R spent more than 12 years working with Irondale police officers.

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