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Reno-Tahoe Airport Police Hold K9 Officer Memorial

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The Reno-Tahoe International Airport Police Department held a memorial service Tuesday for one of their own - a K9 officer who passed away last month.

K9 Officer Fritz worked at the airport for the past six years before he succumbed to injuries he had received on the job.

He was one of just three K9s working at the airport, who officers say are critical in ensuring passenger safety.

"These dogs are critical to air transportation safety and safety to the public. They also become part of the handlers family, they're like children most of the times," says Police Chief Robert Vester.

While at the airport Fritz searched for bombs and protected presidents and millions of passengers who travel through there every day.

Fritz's handler, Officer Brandon Randall will continue to work at the airport after training a new K9.

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