CHICAGO (CBS) — The very first police K-9 for the Woodstock Police Department, Brinx, died peacefully Wednesday.

K-9 Brinx and Sgt. Arthur "Ray" Lanz (Credit: Woodstock police)

K-9 Brinx and Sgt. Arthur “Ray” Lanz (Credit: Woodstock police)

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.

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Brinx assisted the department with drug investigations and public demonstrations, “but also by bringing smiles and joy to everyone,” police said.

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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.

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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.