Flip, a retired K-9 at Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department, died Sunday.
"I sadly announce the passing of our retired K-9 Flip,"reported Pocono Mountain Chief Harry Lewis. "He proudly served with PMPRD and with Officer Joe Lutkowski from 2002-2010.
"On behalf of the entire PMRPD family, we wish to thank Flip for his years of dedicated service with PMRPD and for our community.
"And on behalf of Flip, we wish to thank all of the people in the community for their support of our K-9 program. "
The 12.5-year-old German shepherd served the police department as a patrol and explosives dog.
He tracked and apprehended suspects, located missing articles and discarded evidence, detected explosives and participated in demonstrations to thousands of kids in schools and the community.
Chief Lewis reported that Flip had a tumor: "Labs are not done but it was believed to be cancer."