TRUMBULL, Conn. -- When Trumbull Police K-9 Police Officer Cyrus recently passed away unexpectedly, he left a hole in the heart of the department and that of his trainer and partner Officer R.J. Carlson.
According to the department, Cyrus was an integral part of the Trumbull Police Department. His unexpected death took the whole community by surprise, Cyrus was not only a talented police officer, he was also a beloved companion of the my family, said Carlson.
"He was my partner. We went everywhere together. When you are with someone all day at work and then at home it's hard to lose them," he said. "He was a fantastic dog who enjoyed working, and was close to my two children and my wife."
Carlson, who is working along with the Mobile Veterinary Clinic to raise the $13,500 needed to purchase a new dog, said he currently "trying out" a new dog.
"I'm not sure if we fit yet, you might go through two or three dogs before you find that perfect match," he said.
Carlson loves working with the dogs and loves the work they perform.
"It's exciting," he said. "You deal with everything from looking for missing people to dealing with the drug problem that is being experienced across the state."
Funds are needed as soon as possible so Carlson and the new dog can get to know each other before training begins in a couple of weeks.
He said the department has received donations from the local community as well as from donations on a GoFundMe page set-up to help raise the money.