The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office announced a couple of new additions to the agency’s K-9 Unit on Thursday.
After completing training, K-9 Dixon, handled by Deputy Darin Downey, has recently started full-time work with the unit.
Dixon was named in memory of the late Collins Dixon, a 12-year-old Teasley Middle School student who died in January of last year after battling brain cancer. Dixon spoke at many events throughout the county, inspiring community members to have a passion for life and faith in God.
Recently, Collins’ family played host to the Bend Your Knees 5K to raise money and awareness for pediatric brain cancer research, and the Collins Dixon Raider of the Year award was established at his middle school to honor success both in athletics and in the classroom.
K-9 Dixon replaced Rico, who served the K-9 Unit for seven years.
Another new addition to the team is Maxim, who joined the force in late 2012. Maxim, who replaced Marco after nine years of service, is handled by Sgt. Matt Azaroff.
Lt Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, said the two new dogs were purchased with seized drug funds.
“Both K-9 Rico and K-9 Marco are enjoying retirement and reside with Downey and Azaroff at their homes,” Baker said.