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On Monday, the Southern Indiana Police Canine Association (SIPCA) announced the untimely passing of Evansville Police Department K9 Axel.
According to SIPCA, K9 Axel served the City of Evansville faithfully for eight years alongside his best friend and 'dad', EPD Officer Zach Elfreich.
SIPCA remembered K9 Axel fondly in his service with Officer Elfreich, saying, "some might argue that this dynamic duo was one of the best this great city has ever seen."
K9 Axel competed in many regional and national events during his time of service and either won or came in the top 20 in every single one of them.
SIPCA says that he was 'Top Dog' for the United States Police Canine Association Region 5several times throughout his career, and that he loved his EPD family with 'all his might.'
"Rest easy buddy we got the watch from here," SIPCA said.