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Gwinnett County Police K-9 Caleb Laid to Rest

K-9 Caleb served with the Gwinnett County Police Department for nine years before retiring in 2011.

Gwinnett County Police buried one of their own today.

were held Thursday afternoon at in Bethlehem.

Ofc. John Bailey said Caleb would be remembered by many for "bringing great tenacity to the game."

"Although stubborn at times, Caleb made a great police dog," Bailey said. "It is without question that he made Gwinnett County a safer place to live."

After retiring from the force in March of 2011, K-9 Caleb became the full time pet of his handler Cpl. Mike Waddell.

"He was a wonderful addition to the Waddell family," Bailey said.

"He changed from being that tough police dog to being a silly part of their family," he added.

Bailey encouraged those in attendance not to dwell on the pain of losing Caleb.

"He wouldn't want us to be sad right now because it just wasn't in his nature," Bailey explained.

Caleb died unexpectedly on April 10. He would have been 10 years old on May 25.

The K-9 Promise

My eyes are your eyes to watch
and protect you and yours.

My ears are your ears to hear and 
detect evil minds in the dark.

My nose is your nose to scent
the invader of your domain.

And so you may live,
My life is also yours.

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Crystal April 13, 2012 at 03:47 PM
It would be nice to see a pic of Caleb alive too!
Kristi Reed April 13, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Sorry Crystal - I didn't see any photos of him alive at the funeral.
Crystal, I added a picture of Officer Waddell and K9 Caleb that we just received from the Waddell Family. It is at the right end of the pictures.
Kristi Reed April 13, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Thanks for uploading the photo Cyndi. What a handsome dog!

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