"From a grateful nation and Hoover community, enjoy retirement. Good boy."
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K9 Officer Charlie
Credit: Hoover Police Department

The officers of the Hoover, Alabama Police Department are celebrating one of their own. Last Friday marked the end of a storied career for Charlie, the bomb dog. Charlie has served with Hoover PD on the night shift alongside his partner, Officer Scott Prentiss since 2013. Hoover PD Spokesman, Officer Brian Hale sent the following statement to Southern Living regarding Charlie’s tenure with the department:

“Charlie was a valued member of the Hoover Police Department family.  He was very good-natured, excellent around people and especially children.  Make no mistake, though.  Charlie was very good at his job, a true working dog.  Hoover Police was extremely fortunate to acquire Charlie in 2013 after his tour of duty with the United States Marine Corps.  He has served his country, and the Hoover community, with honor and distinction.  While we will miss him terribly, Charlie has more than earned the right to retire and live out the rest of his days with Officer Prentiss and his family.”

As Officer Hale mentioned, Charlie also served in the Marine Corps, joining Hoover PD after completing a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Charlie has clearly been a very good, brave boy and his fellow officers wanted to honor his service appropriately. The HPD shared a video of the ceremonious final dispatch of his final shift of duty.

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The video ends with the voice of a dispatcher saying, “From a grateful nation and Hoover community, enjoy retirement. Good boy. K9 Charlie is 10-7.”