Officers give police dog a hero’s farewell

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LINWOOD – K-9 units from across South Jersey came here Monday, March 19 to salute Rosko, an 8-year-old police dog who was being euthanized at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital to relieve him from pain caused by cancer.

Officers from K-9 units across South Jersey gather in Linwood to salute Rosko, an 8-year-old canine with the Atlantic City Police Department. Officers from K-9 units across South Jersey gather in Linwood to salute Rosko, an 8-year-old canine with the Atlantic City Police Department.

Officer Joe Rodriguez of the Atlantic City Police Department, supervising canine trainer at Atlantic County’s John “Sonny” Burke Police K-9 Academy, had been the dog’s partner since 2005. He said Rosko’s police work was seen throughout Atlantic County.

Rodriguez said the dog was instrumental in capturing Christopher Blank after a five-hour manhunt that ensued after he shot two Egg Harbor Township police officers during a traffic stop in 2006.

Rosko also was responsible for recovering a loaded handgun used in an attempted police shooting in Pleasantville, he said, sniffing out the gun in a baby stroller after several hours of police searching.

“In the end, he did as God intended him to do. He protected the weak and punished the wicked,” Rodriguez said.

Rosko was a member of a team that won a state title in K-9 competition in 2010.

Joe Rodriguez of the Atlantic City Police Department, the supervising canine trainer at Atlantic County’s John “Sonny” Burke Police K-9 Academy, walks Rosko past a line of K-9 officers and their dogs during Monday’s salute in Linwood. Joe Rodriguez of the Atlantic City Police Department, the supervising canine trainer at Atlantic County’s John “Sonny” Burke Police K-9 Academy, walks Rosko past a line of K-9 officers and their dogs during Monday’s salute in Linwood. Fellow K-9 officers from the Atlantic City Police Department salute Rosko in Linwood Monday, March 19. Fellow K-9 officers from the Atlantic City Police Department salute Rosko in Linwood Monday, March 19.


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