UMass Amherst officers remembering fallen police dog

Diezel passed away Monday afternoon, officials say

Photo Courtesy: UMass Amherst Police Department

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – A retired UMass Amherst Police dog passed away Monday afternoon, officials say.

According to the UMass Amherst Police Department Facebook page, K-9 Diezel served the campus community working alongside his handler, Officer Varosky, from 2008 to 2014.

K-9 Diezel is said to have worked in various towns throughout western Massachusetts in addition to UMass Amherst. He assisted with narcotics searches, subject tracking and community outreach events.

The police K-9 dog enjoyed retirement for a couple of years with Officer Varosky, spending time tracking rabbits and tennis balls instead of suspects and narcotics.

“Thank you for your service, Diezel,” said the UMass Amherst Police Department. “Good boy.”