Police hold retirement party for K-9 officer

(WJHL)
(WJHL)

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) — The Kingsport Police Department retired one of its own Wednesday in a one of a kind way.

KPD held its first ever retirement party for a K-9.

As the old saying goes – dogs are a man’s best friend – proving true when it comes to Officer Brian Taylor and his K-9 Axyl.

“You seem like you spend more time with the K-9 than your family. Just every day, every day you’re together,” Officer Taylor said.

Both patrol and explosive certified, Axyl is retiring from active law enforcement after eight years by his handler’s side.

“Overly dependable. You couldn’t ask for anything else,” said Taylor.

Axyl is a dog who has seen and sniffed it all.

“Bristol motor speedway, several Fun Fest events, area businesses and schools, and he even had the opportunity to search former president George W. Bush’s plane,” Tom Patton with the Kingsport Police Department said.

Wednesday, the Kingsport Police Department held a retirement party for the dedicated dog. Fellow officers and even city leaders attended.

“Every one of those dogs will give their life to protect one of us, so they’re a huge asset for the department,” said Patton.

“It’s kind of melancholy, I mean we’ve been together since 2008,” said Taylor.

But Officer Taylor is not saying a permanent goodbye to Axyl.

“He’ll be staying at home with us and living the good life,” Taylor said.

It is a life of service that turned two co-workers into teammates and friends.

Kingsport police are now in the process of selecting a new K-9 to replace Axyl as well as a new handler to serve alongside him.

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