Pittsfield police dog fondly remembered

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Pittsfield’s police department is expressing sadness over the death of one of its four-legged members.

Chief Michael Wynn says that “Nero,” a police dog that had been with the department since 2006, died on Friday following a long illness.

Nero is seen here with his handler, Officer James Parise.
Nero is seen here with his handler, Officer James Parise.

Nero had had been called into service a total of 419 times, and helped police with everything from the capture of suspects and the discovery of illegal drugs to informational visits with local schoolchildren.

In two separate instances, Nero was also credited with locating people who had wandered off into the freezing cold, and was awarded the department’s Life Saving Commendation in 2009.

“K-9 Nero was a valued and productive member of the Pittsfield Police Department, and will be missed greatly,” Wynn said in a statement sent to 22News.

Throughout his nearly eight years with the department, Nero worked alongside his handler, Officer James Parise.

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