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Durham police mourn death of beloved K9 member

Posted May 21, 2018 12:40 p.m. EDT
Updated July 12, 2018 2:14 p.m. EDT

Officers with the Durham Police Department shared on Monday a photo of their beloved K9 member, Fife, who passed away on Saturday after eight years of service. Credit: DPD

— Officers with the Durham Police Department shared on Monday a photo of their beloved K9 member, Fife, who passed away on Saturday.

"It is with sadness that we announce that Fife passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018 surrounded by his family," a Facebook post read.

According to the post, Fife was a 10-year-old male German Shepard who joined the Durham Police Department in May 2010 and was assigned to Officer J.J. McDonough.

Officials said McDonough and Fife were assigned to the department's Special Operations Division and Uniform Patrol during the dog's eight years of service.

"During that time, K9 Fife was instrumental in the seizure of over 331 pounds of marijuana, multiple kilos of cocaine, over 60 grams of heroin, several weapons and over $640,500 in U.S. currency," the post read.

Fife retired from his position on May 2, 2017, and went to live at home with McDonough. The Durham Police Department has created a Go Fund Me page to assist with his burial expenses.