BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- Brookfield Police Department's K9 Officer, Bruno, was laid to rest Monday after eight years of service. He was 11.
Bruno began his career at the Brookfield Police Department with Sgt. Jeffrey Osuch in January 2008, and faithfully served until this July. Bruno was certified in and performed narcotics detection, tracking, area and building searching, evidence recovery and handler protection.
In February, Bruno successfully tracked a suicidal 17-year-old girl in the dead of winter and helped save her life. In addition to his front-line police duties, Bruno participated in numerous public relations and informational demonstrations in the community
During his career, Bruno also assisted with calls in Bethel, Danbury, Monroe, New Milford, Newtown, Ridgefield, Woodbury, and Connecticut State Police Departments. He was responsible for and assisted with countless drug arrests.
Bruno served on a regional Emergency Services Unit and took the lead position on several ESU calls. On one ESU call, Bruno led police on a track of an armed bank robber and assisted during a several hour standoff with the suspect. Not only did Bruno track several armed and unarmed criminal suspects over his career but he tracked missing adults/children and suicidal persons as well.
In his career, Bruno was awarded one Life Saving award, three Exceptional Service awards, and one Unit Citation award in addition to many letters of commendation and thanks.
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