EDINA, Minn. (KMSP) - Blade, a retired K-9 with the Edina Police Department, has passed away after a battle with a cancer.
Officer Jason Behr and Blade were partners for seven years, during which they located and seized 75 suspects, completed 150 narcotic searches and 100 building searches.
While being on patrol was a big part of Blade’s career, demonstrations were also significant to the K-9’s time on the force. In 2014, Blade placed third overall in the National Dog Detector Trials.
The department gave Blade a retirement send-off party in January. He passed away on May 15.
“It’s amazing the impact that a four-legged animal can have on you -- especially one that you spend most of your waking hours with,” said Behr. “Blade was both my partner and my best friend. He was my protector and my companion. His passing creates a void that will never be filled.”
This fall, Blade will be immortalized in a bronze sculpture outside at the station. It will be a life-sized sculpture designed by local artist Michelle Recke.
The Edina Crime Prevention Fund has reached the funding goal for the project, but they are still looking for donations for the stone pedestal and landscaping. For more information about the project, click here.