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Posted on: November 13, 2018

RPD Says Goodbye to Retired K-9 Vader

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The Redmond Police Department is honoring the life of K-9 Vader who passed away this weekend at the age of 13. Vader served as a Redmond K-9 for seven years alongside his human partner, Detective Sam Hovenden. During his career, Vader had 176 suspect captures, recovered $1.4 million of narcotics and aided in the seizure of more than $1 million in currency. "Vader was an extraordinary dog, we were so fortunate to have him on our team," said Chief Kristi Wilson. "He will be remembered as not only a dedicated, elite K-9, but as a sweet, sociable dog who loved meeting people at community events." During his career, Vader served on SWAT, trained in helicopter deployments, did repelling operations and was cross-trained for both narcotics and tracking. Vader's favorite toy was water bottles and he would often steal them out of an unsuspecting officer's hand to play with them. Vader's service to our Department ended in 2015 and he enjoyed a well-earned, relaxing retirement as the Hovenden family pet. RPD is grateful for his faithful service and that Vader had such a long, happy life with his family.  

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