Radford Police K9s honored by city council ahead of retirement

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MPO J. Fuhrman and K9 Duke (left) and MPO J. Miller and K9 Max (right) were honored by the Radford City Council on June 14, 2021. (Photos: Courtesy Radford Police Department)

RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — After years of service to the Radford community, two police K9s — who will be retiring from the force — and their handlers were honored by the Radford City Council Monday night.

The city council showed their appreciation for MPO J. Fuhrman, K9 Officer Duke, MPO J. Miller, and K9 Officer Max on Monday, June 14.

Police say Duke is an 11-year-old Belgian Malinois who served in Afghanistan with the U.S. military before joining the Radford City Police Department in 2014.

Not only is Duke trained in narcotics detection, but his service has led to numerous arrests and seizures of drugs, guns, and money. In addition, Duke was often used in community demonstrations and public events to help the community understand the role of police K9s.

Meanwhile, Max the German Shepherd has served the Radford City Police Department since 2014, but he began his career as a contract working dog for the U.S. Military in Afghanistan as both an apprehension and detection dog.

Max’s K9 career has also resulted in countless arrests and seizures of narcotics, firearms, and currency. In fact, the department says Miller and Max have helped out multiple jurisdictions in a variety of situations, including dispersing large crowds during potentially volatile situations.

On top of that, police say Max is a “viral sensation” with a social media following of nearly 30,000 people. His online presence has reportedly helped build rapport between police K9s and their communities both in the City of Radford and across the country.

“K9 Duke and K9 Max are both valued members of the Radford City Police Department and community and we wish them both a happy and peaceful retirement,” the department wrote on Facebook on Tuesday, June 15.

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