NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — He’s had a good career with the NYPD, and now Blaze is retiring after eight years with New York’s finest.

The German shepherd has had three operations and is feeling the effects. One was to relieve the pain from a pinched nerve. A second removed an infected toe and the third was for stomach bloat.

His handler, Officer Benny Colvecchio, tells the Daily News that Blaze was a great and dependable partner.

They worked together out of Staten Island’s 120 Precinct.

The canine’s jobs included finding a body in the rubble of a Bronx fire and helping to track down a suspect.

Blaze will continue to live with Colvecchio and his family, which includes five children.

In the meantime, Blaze’s replacement is being trained.

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