North Vernon, IN—North Vernon Police Department has reported the passing of retired K9 Heros. K9 Heros was originally purchased and placed with Sergeant Andrew Richmond in the spring of 2011.
Heros was trained as a dual purpose patrol dog and could search for narcotic drugs and chase and apprehend fleeing suspects. During his career, Heros assisted on countless drug investigations that resulted from car stops and search warrants, most of which resulted in suspects being charged.
Heros also participated in many public demonstrations which opened the door to police communications with the public. Heros went to church groups, schools, and other public events to show off his skills and greet with curious members of the public.
Heros retired from duty in February 2018, after almost 7 full years on the road. For most of that time, Heros was the only working dog in Jennings County.