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Dogs are men’s best friends, and I am sure that every person who has ever owned one of these very special creatures would easily agree with this saying.

The thing is that dogs have become an inseparable part of our lives, and they are not only pets, but also valuable members of the community because many of them are part of the police and serve as service dogs who help the vulnerable.

Axel was a very special canine. He was part of the Central Falls Police Department for many years. Even after he retired, Axel was always there for the people of his community. In fact, everyone knew him and loved him dearly, so when he passed away recently, a huge number of people rushed to express their grief and sadness over the loss of someone as exceptional as Axel.

The department he served posted a touching tribute on their Facebook page and wrote: “He did a phenomenal job at keeping the streets safe, and he always made sure our officers were safe regardless as to how dangerous a situation was. He wouldn’t have hesitated to give his life to save the life of a fellow officer, especially his partner, Officer Decristoforo.”

Before working with Officer Decristoforo, Axel was part of another department and everyone thought the K9 would have a hard time adjusting to working with new humans, but that was never the case. In fact, Axel and his new partner were “instantly best friends who were sure to have each other’s back.”

Today we mourn a true hero! 🐶🚔🇺🇸

The department also wrote how Officer Decristoforo lost his “other half” and included a message for him. “Axel loved you more than he loved himself! That’s just the type of dog he was. He was yours! He would have done anything for you. Now he needs you to do something for him! Stay strong and try and remember he wouldn’t want to see you upset!”

They expressed gratitude for everything Axel did for the department and the community both during the years of his active service and later. “Axel, I want to thank you for watching over us as you have! It was an honor and a privilege to not only know you but to get to work with you. You will forever be my favorite retired officer.”

Rest in peace, Axel.

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