Solo, a 12-year-old German Shepherd, passed away after serving as a drug dog for the Morton, Mississippi, police department for a decade.
Just three days before the police department put Solo down, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer — two tumors were found pressing on his heart and spleen.
Solo’s partner, Staff Sgt. Carlos Dipuma, made sure his beloved companion had a hero’s departure to the big dog park in the sky.
At a building in Faris Park, many police officers gathered to remember Solo and listen to his last radio call. "Attention all units, be advised that Solo does not respond. K-9 Solo is now deceased and will be laid to rest Feb. 2, 2015," the dispatcher said.
Solo was loved throughout the police department for his service and loyalty, but he was also remembered for his personality. Officers swapped funny stories about Solo. One time, Dipuma opened his truck to find Solo waiting for him with a paw on the steering wheel.
"That dog will give his life for us, and we'll give our life for him," Dipuma told WLBT.
Chief Nicky Crapps said Solo’s legacy goes beyond his personality. "He supplied all of us with new automobiles, the best equipment, I mean, we'll forever be in debt to him for that," he said. "As the mayor said, he made the most money from drug busts in Scott County history."
At one point, Solo located more than $670,00 worth of drugs during a bust.
Solo’s passing hasn’t been easy on anyone in the department, but it’s been especially trying for Dipuma. "I'm going to miss Solo," he said. "I've cried so many tears these last couple of days. It's been hard.”
He added later, "It's going to be hard knowing when I go in that truck again in the morning time and go, '10-8,' that my partner won't be in the back.”