FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Over the weekend, the Fort Worth Police Department made a somber announcement about the passing of one of their own — K-9 Officer Joekel.

Joekel served the City of Fort Worth from 2013-2018.

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He was the first police dog deployed in March of 2016 when Officer Matt Pearce was shot six times in the line of duty.

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During his service, Joekel assisted recovering and seizing thousands of dollars in illegal narcotics, apprehended felons and located guns used in violent robberies.

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He died from cancer and severe hip dysplasia.