DPS mourns loss of K-9 officer | News
Members of a Region 8 police department are mourning the loss of one of their own.
The Sikeston Department of Public Safety held a public ceremony Friday for K-9 Officer Eros. According to Captain Jim McMillen, he died Saturday, November 24, from “ongoing complications.”
Eros had served the city since April 2005. During his seven years on the force, Eros assisted in 569 arrests. One of his strengths was sniffing out illegal drugs. Captain McMillen said K-9 Eros located marijuana 217 times, cocaine 35 times and methamphetamine 20 times. In addition, K-9 Eros located and apprehended 2 murder suspects, 6 robbery suspects and 15 burglary suspects.
In addition to tracking down suspected criminals and drugs, Eros and his handler, Officer Franklin Adams, conducted numerous demonstrations at local elementary schools and clubs, such as the Girl and Boy Scouts, local nursing homes and the Sikeston Retired Teachers Association.
“He was one of the most friendly police canines in the business and adored by children,” Captain McMillen said. “Travel well, buddy. We will miss you.”