DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - One of the DeKalb County Sheriff's K-9 deputies is retiring after serving eight and a half years in his law enforcement career, and he's marking a milestone with the organization.
K-9 Deputy Viper retired on Wednesday at the ripe old age of 12. He originally started in 2009 when he joined the Field Division Unit of the Sheriff's Office. Since then Viper has had 860 deployments and worked 200 tracking assignments.
Viper is the first K-9 deputy who has retired while still on duty at the DeKalb Sheriff's Office.
"Deputy Viper is one of our very first canine deputies," says DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey L. Mann. "He joined us when the Field Division initiated the new unit in October 2009 along with K9 Deputy Rocky, also a Belgian Malinois, who died in 2014."
Mann called Viper's record "commendable."
"He has apprehended 247 suspects without biting," he said.
Viper will retire to live with his partner and handler Deputy Sheriff Michael McRae.
The Sheriff's Office is holding a party on Wednesday to celebrate.