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.READ MORE: Summer Programs And Camps Returning To North Texas
He was the first police dog deployed in March of 2016 when Officer Matt Pearce was shot six times in the line of duty.READ MORE: Amber Alert Issued For Dallas Brothers 2 And 4 Years Old; With Relative Who Is A Homicide Suspect
During his service, Joekel assisted recovering and seizing thousands of dollars in illegal narcotics, apprehended felons and located guns used in violent robberies.MORE NEWS: Frisco's Grand Park No Longer An 'Urban Legend' As City Can Finally Finish Exide Cleanup
He died from cancer and severe hip dysplasia.