Lane County, OR - Eugene Police K9 Blek was killed while off-duty near his home on Friday evening, November 10.
The eight-year-old German Shepherd was a five-year veteran of the Eugene Police Department, and was just weeks away from retirement, according to OregonLive.
In a press release, the Eugene Police Department said:
"Eugene Police is sorry to report the death of K9 Blek, who was hit and killed by an unknown motorist on November 10, while off-duty with Officer Rob Griesel in rural Lane County. K9 Blek was only weeks away from retirement.
According to Chief Pete Kerns, “Blek has been a go-to dog for our department. He enjoyed a storied career and had a warrior’s spirit. His passing is crushing for his family and he will be missed by us all.”
Just this year, Blek was honored with EPD’s and Oregon Peace Officers Association’s K9 Valor Awards, for the capture of a suspect in the shooting of a deputy.
Blek was a German Shepherd from Slovakia. He was born in September 2009 and was selected as a K9 for the Eugene Police Department in March of 2012. Blek served our community with honor and distinction and had a reputation as a K9 who could be counted on in the most dangerous incidents.
Blek was a part of our department and will be greatly missed. Our condolences extend to Officer Rob Griesel and his family."
Police have declined to release additional details about the incident, and have been unable to locate the driver.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Eugene Police Department and Eugene K9 Police Officer Rob Griesel in the loss of K9 Blek.