EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFormer Putnam County K9 Officer Honored Posthumously
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Reported: Sep. 3, 2013 12:31 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 3, 2013 4:34 PM EDT
Winfield , Putnam County , West Virginia
A longtime member of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office was honored posthumously on Tuesday.
Flint Vom Rubohaus, who was a German Shepherd, was inducted to the Police Hall of Fame in August. His handler, Sgt. Shane Shamblin, accepted the award on the deceased dog's behalf Tuesday outside the Putnam County Sheriff's Office in Winfield.
The 11-year-old dog passed away in July after serving eight years with the department. Shamblin described Flint as a loyal, goofy, fun-loving dog that was very much a member of his work and personal family. Shamblin said Flint was vital in the discovery of narcotics and bad guys.
Shamblin said Flint was a dedicated officer.
"When we're doing the job, you don't think about what you're doing." Shamblin said. "It's just part of the job, it's what he liked to do. I think now you look back and see what great things he did and how amazing he was."
Flint also enjoyed being around kids.He often worked security and conducted searches in schools.
The German Shepherd retired from the department in October, 2010 and passed away July 25th.
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