CHICAGO (CBS) — The very first police K-9 for the Woodstock Police Department, Brinx, died peacefully Wednesday.
Brinx began his career in 2006 and worked with his handler Sgt. Arthur “Ray” Lanz in Woodstock. The pair were “one of the region’s most formidable and effective K-9 units while serving together,” according to a statement from Woodstock police.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Frost Advisory Away From The City
Brinx assisted the department with drug investigations and public demonstrations, “but also by bringing smiles and joy to everyone,” police said.READ MORE: Man Shot, Critically Wounded Near Lincoln And California Avenues
Brinx retired after seven years of service on New Years’ Eve in 2013. He enjoyed life with the Lanz family until his passing at the age of 11 years and 5 months.MORE NEWS: Woman Seriously Injured In Hit-And-Run In Lakeview, Half A Mile West Of Wrigley Field
In 2017 it is likely that Brinx will be honored for his loyal and exemplary public service at the Northern Illinois Police K-9 Memorial, police said.