Friday, January 24, 2014

R.I.P., Marco the Fulton County Sheriff's K-9 patrol dog

Posted By on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Marco Henry
  • Fulton County Sheriff's Office
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The Fulton County Sheriff's Office is mourning one of its most beloved deputies. K-9 Deputy Marco Henry, a Belgian Malinois patrol dog, was euthanized Wednesday morning after a veterinarian discovered inoperable cancer. He was six years old.

Marco, the department's first and only all-patrol canine, was assigned to Sgt. Corey Henry, commander of the K-9 unit. Marco was acquired from Germany and taught to detect illegal drugs, search for suspects, and tracking lost or missing people. Henry adopted Marco in 2009 and, after training him for 13 weeks, they began to work together.

Marco was considered a well-respected and handsome patrol dog who was known for his intelligence, persistence, and exceptional training skills. He worked with other law enforcement agencies regularly and impressed them with his talents, according to the county.

The deputy and dog earned numerous awards for their work. Marco also accompanied Henry to schools to educate students about the K-9 Unit.

"He gave 110 percent every day on the job and was a loved member of Sgt. Henry's family with whom he live," spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said in a statement.

The Sheriff's Office has two other K-9 patrol dogs trained for explosives ordinance disposal and are a part of the FCSO Bomb Unit. But Flanagan says Marco's death has shocked the department he will be missed by all. To remember Marco and leave condolences for Henry, the Sheriff's Office has uploaded pictures of him on its Facebook page.

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