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Sheriff’s office announces retirement of K9 Taz

Deputy Jason Flanders (left) and Taz received a plaque from Sheriff Dwight Baird (right) for their eight years of service together at the Kendall County Sheriff's Office. Taz, 11, is retiring from police work.
Deputy Jason Flanders (left) and Taz received a plaque from Sheriff Dwight Baird (right) for their eight years of service together at the Kendall County Sheriff's Office. Taz, 11, is retiring from police work.

The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office has announced the retirement of Taz, an 11-year-old German shepherd who has spent the past eight years serving the community and the department.

On Jan. 3, the department and his handler Deputy Jason Flanders wished Taz a happy retirement. Sheriff Dwight Baird presented a plaque to Deputy Flanders and Taz for their eight years of service together at the sheriff’s office.

K9 Taz is a German shepherd from Poland. Taz specialized in narcotics detection and patrol work such as tracking, handler protection and evidence searches.

Taz, alongside Deputy Flanders, a 19-year veteran, attended training at the Allen County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana from September 2009 through December 2009. Taz’s first day of service with the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office was Jan. 1, 2010.

Deputy Flanders said, “Being a K9 handler was a childhood dream of mine, and I am grateful that the sheriff’s office gave me the opportunity to realize my dream and I could not ask for a better partner than Taz.”

“The bond shared between a K9 handler and partner is unlike any other,” Sheriff Baird said. “K9 Taz and Deputy Flanders have been an outstanding team and I couldn’t be any prouder of the work they have done. Our K9 teams, both past and present, have always been a key in our mission to protect and serve.”

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