WAKE FOREST — Maverick, a police dog who served for the Wake Forest Police Department for 7 years, passed away last Friday at the age of 12, the town announced Thursday.
A Belgian Malinois, Maverick joined the department in 2004 with officer David Hess, who is now police chief of Wilsons Mills. He retired in October 2011 after being accidentally hit by a patrol car pursuing a suspect, leaving him blind in his left eye, among other injuries. Maverick received surgery and spent several weeks in extensive rehabilitation at N.C. States School of Veterinary Medicine.
Hess adopted Maverick after his injury.
In his mind and in his heart, hes still and always will be a police dog, Hess said at the time. Its just like a law enforcement officer of 30 years: Youll always have the cop mindset, but you have to adjust to retired living.
Maverick was trained in narcotic detection, tracking, officer protection, criminal apprehension and building and evidence searches. A career highlight includes sniffing out narcotics and $20,000 during a vehicle stop. He also made several public appearance at schools and community events.
A memorial brick for Maverick will be installed at Centennial Plaza in Wake Forest later this year.
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