Onyx, a puppy that belonged to fallen Tecumseh officer Justin Terney, is now grown and has his narcotics certification to work in Pottawatomie County as a K-9.

Onyx, a puppy that belonged to fallen Tecumseh officer Justin Terney, is now grown and has his narcotics certification to work in Pottawatomie County as a K-9.

After Terney was shot and killed in the line of duty in March 2017, the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office made arrangements with the Tecumseh Police Department and in Tecumseh’s honor to provide a K-9 handler for Onyx.

With help from the Shawnee Police Department and its K-9 handlers, Onyx has undergone training to become a narcotics dog and he completed his CLEET certification for narcotics detection in October 2017.

And just two days into his new job, Onyx made his first alert during a traffic stop with his new handler, Deputy Jared Strand, by alerting to marijuana and methamphetamine. Earlier this month, Onyx made a two-pound marijuana bust.

Strand, who knew and worked with Terney, said it’s an honor to be handling Onyx.