Another four-legged member of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has retired.
Blade, an 8-year-old Beauceron and member of the sheriff’s K-9 unit, will enjoy his free time at home with partner Sgt. Scott Wilson and his family.
According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, Wilson bought Blade when he was a puppy and trained him in drug detection.
At 18 months old, the sheriff’s office bought Blade with drug seizure funds for $1, and the dog was placed in active duty alongside Wilson.
Wilson said Blade has had a productive career and assisted in several felony and misdemeanor drug arrests.
The furry crime fighter also tracked and helped find a person threatening suicide. The dog also aided the sheriff’s SWAT team on more than one occasion.
In another incident, which Wilson said was the most rewarding, Blade’s keen senses helped apprehend armed robbery suspects sought by Braselton police.
The suspects crashed their vehicle near the Gwinnett-Forsyth County line and ran away. The dog tracked one suspect to a tree and found another hiding in tall grass nearby.
When one of the suspects failed to follow Wilson’s commands, the release said, “Blade’s sharp bite soon changed the suspect’s mind about complying.”
During his tenure in law enforcement, Blade was certified in Narcotics and Patrol by the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association and American Dog Association.
The dog has more than 2,000 training hours and has been a favorite attraction at public relations events, mostly for his ability to leap over the roof of a car to catch a decoy.
Mic, a 20-year-old American quarter horse, also recently retired from the sheriff’s office.
He was sent to a private farm to live after serving nearly nine years with the sheriff’s mounted patrol unit.
Wilson said Blade, who recently sired a litter of puppies, will continue to sleep at night with his 5-year-old son, daring anyone to try to break into the family's home.