Tuesday proclaimed K-9 Rex Day in Denver for retiring bomb dog

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Rex retires from Denver Sheriff Department

DENVER — Rex the bomb dog retired from the Denver Sheriff Department on Tuesday, and he had a retirement party and cake.

Mayor Michael Hancock presided over the retirement ceremony for K-9 Rex.

Rex spent the past six years detecting explosives for the sheriff’s department. That’s about 42 years in dog years, making him the longest-serving employee in the department.

Rex is a 10-year-old Malinois. He worked at the City and County Building, and he regularly swept the mayor’s office and courtrooms.

The mayor put a city of Denver pin on Rex’s harness, thanked him for his years of service and proclaimed Tuesday K-9 Rex Day in Denver.

Deputy William Swan, Rex’s handler, took possession of a new 9-month-old Malinois who will eventually take over from Rex.

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