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Police remember K9 who lost battle with cancer

Jari (Source: 15th Circuit DEU) Jari (Source: 15th Circuit DEU)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Police and members of the public joined at the graveside to remember the life of a police canine who lost a battle with cancer.

The memorial service for Jari, a K-9 for the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit, was held on Wednesday, August 21 at 3:00 p.m. at the Hillcrest Cemetery on Dennis Lyden Memorial Highway in Conway.

Representatives from Aynor, Surfside, HCPD, the Horry County Sheriff's Office, Myrtle Beach PD, DEU, and SLED were in attendance. Sgt. Jeff Benton with sheriff's office read the Rainbow Bridge Poem.

"It's a sad day for area law enforcement, and I've seen condolences from around the country.  With the amount of drugs that this K-9 has taken off the street is phenomenal," Sgt. Benton said.

K-9 Jari was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma. He was treated, released and returned to full duty, but during a recent veterinary visit, his partners learned his cancer had returned, spreading to his throat and stomach.

Jari was inoperable, the doctor advised, and the canine was put to sleep on August 14.

Deputy Commander Dean Bishop said Jari was donated to the 15th Circuit DEU by Surfside Beach Police in 2008. Agent Jeremy Brown was assigned to the unit by Conway Police as his handler.

Jari was instrumental in the seizure of more than $1.3 million worth of illicit drugs and financial seizures totaling over $750,000.

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