Tale of a Legend: Airway Heights K-9 officer retires

Editor’s note: The full story did not run in last week’s Cheney Free Press. Below is the article in its entirety.

AIRWAY HEIGHTS —After serving the community of Airway Heights for five years, Legend, a K-9 narcotics officer for the police department, retired on his last day of duty on April 4.

According to his handler, Cpl. Dennis Bachman, it is a well-deserved retirement, although a bittersweet transition. Bachman, who has 13 years with the department, said it was hard to switch gears after serving together for five years, partnering to keep the streets as drug-free as possible.

“That dog is still so high drive he doesn’t know what to do when he wakes up,” Bachman said. “When I went to work the first day...


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