EASTON, Conn. -- The Easton Police Department welcomed a new member to its ranks when new K-9 T.J. was dropped off on Monday.
Frank Reda and Jimmy Loomer of Superior K-9 Services dropped T.J. off to the department. T.J. will be partnered with Officer Tamara French.
"We would also like to thank the community for their continued support in this program," Easton Police said.
According to the Easton Courier, T.J. is a 16-month-old German shepherd and is the first K-9 the department has had since previous K-9 Chase retired in 2013. Chase had been in service for 10 years with his partner and handler French, the Easton Courier reported.
The K-9 program has been dormant ever since Chase's retirement, but was revived when the department received part of a donation from the estate of a Danbury couple late last year.
The new K-9 was named for Staff Sgt. Todd “T.J.” Lobraico Jr. of New Fairfield, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2013, according to the Easton Courier. Lobraico's father worked with Easton Police Chief Tim Shaw in the Stamford Police Department, according to the Easton Courier.
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