In a final farewell, a memorial service was held Monday for Rex, a Shawnee Police K-9 officer with nearly 100 arrests and 1,500 hours of patrol duty to his credit. His End of Watch was Nov. 16.

In a final farewell, a memorial service was held Monday for Rex, a Shawnee Police K-9 officer with nearly 100 arrests and 1,500 hours of patrol duty to his credit. His End of Watch was Nov. 16.

Rex, 11, was among the group of Shawnee police K-9s trained in narcotics, patrol operations and tracking and he also was the first police dog for his handler, Lt. John Goss.

Although Rex retired from full-time duty in 2014, he remained under the care and training of his handler. He experienced some health issues that resulted in his death last week.

Trained to sniff out the drugs that police can't see, Rex had 641 sniffs over his police career at Shawnee, which included 115 alerts of narcotics. He had 90 arrests to his credit along with 73 other patrol deployments that resulted in five arrests, said Shawnee Police Spokeswoman Vivian Lozano.

During his police career, he spent over 1,500 hours in a patrol car and completed 912 hours of training.

Before becoming a Shawnee Police K-9, Rex also spent two months at the New York City Police Department, she said.

Goss received a plaque “In Memory of K-9 Rex.” It reads: “He was your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his leader, his love, his life. He was yours, faithful and true to the last beat of his heart. End of Watch, Nov. 16, 2016.”

Goss will continue to handle his current K-9 partner, Rambo.

The Shawnee Police Department has six K-9 handlers. The dogs stay with their handlers 24 hours a day — they work and go home to have off-duty days just like their partner officers.