Rocky retires from K-9 patrol duties

Dog served sheriff’s department for 10 years

Published 8:46 pm, Friday, August 11, 2017

Rocky has retired after a 10-year career with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. 

“We were very fortunate to have had him on the streets,” said Deputy Scott Gurley who partnered with Rocky throughout his entire tenure in Edwardsville.

During that time, Rocky has been known as a Dual Purpose Canine, whose specialties were narcotics detection and assisting deputies in the Patrol Division. 

He has also helped the Illinois State Police, DEA, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, several prisons throughout Illinois, and several SWAT and Special Response Teams.

Over the years, Rocky has assisted in hundreds of arrests, apprehended several burglary suspects, and assisted in seizing hundreds of thousands of dollars linked to illegal narcotics, according to a news release from Madison County Sheriff John Lakin.

Rocky retires with an exceptional resume. It includes an “Award for Evidence Detection” from the German Shepherd Dog Club, in St. Louis, and the “Top Patrol Building Search Team” and the “Top Narcotic Detection Team” from the North American Police Work Dog Association.

“He had a great nose for locating drugs,” Gurley noted. Gurley said he has always known that Rocky “would never let anything happen to me” or his colleagues at the Sheriff’s Department.

Rocky came to the Sheriff’s Department as a 14-month-old pup. 

In the news release, Lakin said the duo has been an instrumental part of the MCSD’s K-9 Unit. 

“K-9 Rocky and Deputy Gurley have been an outstanding team and I couldn’t be prouder of the work they have done,” he said. “Our K-9 teams, both past and present have always been key in our mission to protect and serve.” 

A decade of police service is a long time for a German Shepherd. Gurley said that he and his family plan to shower Rocky with lots of love and attention.


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