Officer Says His Final Goodbye & Mourns The Loss Of His Beloved K9 Partner

The Central Falls Police Department and their entire community is in mourning after one of their beloved retired K9s passed away.

K9 Axel was a great worker and was older than most of the other K9s because he had the drive to keep going. He kept the streets safe and always made sure the officers were safe, no matter how dangerous of a situation he was in.

K9 Axel never hesitated to put his life on the line for his fellow officers, especially his handler, Officer Decristoforo.


The bond that K9 Axel and Officer Decristoforo shared was indescribable. Axel was Decristoforo’s first working K9, and the two of them hit it off very quickly and were the best of friends.

Once he became too old to continue working, he retired and got to spend his golden years as Decristoforo’s pet for the past five years.

“The bond between a Police K9 and his partner can never be broken, not even in death,” a fellow officer wrote on the Friends of Central Falls Animals Facebook.

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“K9 Axel may no longer be physically at Officer Decristoforo’s side, but he will forever be watching over him, and in his own way making sure he ends each shift safely just as he did when they were out there together keeping the streets safe!”

Decristoforo is absolutely heartbroken at the loss of his best friend and partner, but we know Axel will always be there with him in spirit.

“I want him to know that he gave Axel the best life and friendship that he’s ever had!” they continued.

“They were very lucky to have each other in life. Axel loved you more than he loved himself! That’s just the type of dog he was. He was yours!

He would have done anything for you. Now he needs you to do something for him! Stay strong and try and remember he wouldn’t want to see you upset!”

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