Rocky, the first Clay County Sheriff's Department K-9, has died following lingering health problems.
Rocky served as the department's K-9 from April 1996 to January 2001 when he was retired. He died Sunday.
"Rocky made a dent in crime while he worked at the Sheriff's Department," Sgt. Brian Pierce said in a press release Monday. "Rocky had an excellent career fighting bad guys. Rocky made an Indiana state record bust for methamphetamine while assisting the FBI in the spring of 2000. Rocky was most noted for his love of kids. He really liked doing school demos and teaching kids about drugs and how harmful they are."
The canine crime fighter was purchased through community donations and the Sheriff's Department thanks all who helped support Rocky.
"Rocky performed for a couple of thousand kids in the short time he worked, many Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and he always loved the 5th graders. Rocky will be missed," Pierce said.