The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office has announced it is mourning the loss of one of its own, retired K-9 Rukus who passed away earlier this week at the age of thirteen.  A purebred German Shepherd, Rukus was a patrol and narcotics detection canine whose career included eight years of dedicated service to the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office while serving along side

Retired Worcester County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Rukus, pictured during his last day in the line of duty at the Sheriff’s Office in April 2012. The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office has announced this week the passing of Rukus who was thirteen years old. [Submitted Photo]

his handler and partner, Captain Thomas Chabot of Ashburnham.  Rukus retired from the line of duty at the Sheriff’s Office in April, 2012.

“Rukus was a true servant to the citizens of Worcester County, an incredible law enforcement partner and a cherished member of my family, we will miss him dearly”  said WCSO Captain Thomas Chabot.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our retired K-9 Rukus today.  Rukus served the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office with distinction as a patrol and narcotics detection K-9 for eight years.  He was a loyal partner, companion and family pet to Captain Chabot and his family.  We are very grateful for his many years of service in law enforcement, may he rest in peace.”  said Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.