Pekin Police Department mourns loss of retired K9 Officer Ahen

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PEKIN, Ill. (WMBD) — On Wednesday, Pekin police reported a very important member of the department’s family has died.

K9 Ahen passed away on May 24 surrounded by his family and Pekin Animal Hospital staff, police said in a press release.

Ahen was selected from Vohne Liche Kennels in January 2012. Lieutenant Jones and K9 Ahen operated as a team until Ahen’s retirement in May 2019.

K9 Ahen continued his civilian life with Lieutenant Jones and his family.

“Ahen, would attend many events sponsored for the children in our community. He was approachable and loving, but he also served when necessary, placing himself in the face of danger to protect the citizens of Pekin. But Ahen was more than just a service dog…. He used his unique abilities to be likable to obtain grants that supported our community engagement efforts. Efforts such as Shop with a Hero, and the summer events for kids and night out against crime. He was special in every way and served our community well.”

Pekin police department press release


Those wishing to honor Ahen’s memory are asked to send donations to the Pekin Police Department Foundation in his honor. The money will be allocated to help those in need, the press release states.

Courtesy of the Pekin Police Department

Donations can be made to the Pekin Police Department Foundation C/O Pekin Police Department, 111 S. Capitol, Pekin, IL 61554.

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