1010 WINS — Members of a Connecticut police department bid a final farewell to their four-legged colleague during an emotional ceremony.

The Middletown Police Department said K-9 Officer Hunter had been ill for several days and veterinarians recommended he be euthanized when tests revealed the German shepherd had an aggressive form of liver cancer.

The dog received a hero’s farewell Friday with officers lining the streets to salute him for his 10 years of service.

Middletown Police Officer Michael D’Aresta cradled his K-9 partner for the last time as he carried him into the veterinarian’s office to be put to sleep.

“Hunter and Officer D’Aresta have been such a huge part of our department the past ten years. Such a dedicated K-9 team. It will never be the same,” Sgt. Doug Clark said. “Rest in Peace Hunter you’ve done well.”