The Quincy Police department this week said goodbye to a beloved police dog who died earlier this month.
The department said in a Facebook post that it laid K-9 Major to rest Wednesday, four days after he died from a medical emergency.
The German Shepherd and his handler, Officer Ken Wood, helped protect attendants of the Boston Marathon for the past five years, the department said in a post.
"His service to our citizens was commendable in all aspects and he will be dearly missed and always remembered by the Officers of the Quincy Police Department," the department said.
Major was also a companion and care dog for Officer Wood’s son Jack, who has autism.
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Among his accomplishments, Major helped track and find a patient who had fled a hospital, located a suspect’s handgun and assisted with suspicious packages.