CASTLE ROCK — It was a sad Saturday for the Castle Rock Police Department said goodbye to one of their own on Saturday.
K-9 Officer Ronin died because of unforeseen health complications, according to the police department said. He was surrounded by his family, friends and partners.
Ronin started with the Castle Rock Police Department on August 4, 2014 with his partner, veteran Officer Todd Thompson. Police said that Ronin had a huge impact on both the law enforcement community and the citizens of the Town of Castle Rock.
"It was our honor as members of the Castle Rock Police Department to have served with Ronin for the past five and a half years," the Castle Rock Police Department posted on Facebook. "Rest easy friend, we have the watch from here."
"Sad moment for all those in blue. Our four-legged partners have a special place in the ranks," The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post. "Our hearts go out to the whole CRPD family. Ronin, take care of all our passed partners who are waiting for you in the eternal “dog park”.
"We know that Ronin is watching over us along side our previous Police Service Dogs Legion, Kuno, Jax and Uno!," the police department said.