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Dedicated member of UPD passes away

A dedicated member of the Utica Police Department passed away on Tuesday, July 23.

Posted: Jul 26, 2019 2:43 PM

UTICA- A dedicated member of the Utica Police Department passed away on Tuesday, July 23.

K-9, Rex, was 11-years-old when he died from a brief illness. His partner, Sgt. Christopher Faniglula was by his side.

Rex served for 8+ years with the department before he retired in August 2018. He was trained in explosive detection and patrol/tracking.

Rex could be seen at several large events like the Boilermaker Road Race after party and Utica Comets games.

He received the Honorable Service Award by UPD for his apprehension of a suspect with a handgun.

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