Nine-year-old Caesar, a German shepherd K-9 officer with the New York Police Department, was laid to rest last Thursday following a battle with cancer.
Before Caesar was euthanized, he received a hero’s salute from NYPD K-9 handlers and their dogs for his courageous service, which included three tours of duty in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, The Daily Mail reported.
Officer Juan Rodriguez, Caesar’s long-time handler and Army veteran, was with him every step of the way.
Caesar joined NYPD’s Transit K-9 Unit in 2014 as the first military service dog when he was just four-years-old. His duty was to keep the subway safe, but he surpassed that objective in many ways.
Caesar used his expertise once to sniff out explosives which resulted in saving an entire Navy Seals squad.