CARROLL COUNTY, Ohio — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the death of a retired K-9 officer.
Deputies shared the news of K-9 Deputy Oz on Saturday afternoon.
The K-9 deputy retired in June 2016 after a successful career with the sheriff’s office. Oz was an instrumental part in capturing Wesley “Buster” Clark, a man wanted for murder who was found in Carroll County in 2015. Oz also assisted US marshals in apprehending a man on the run.
While retired, Oz also helped train his predecessor, K-9 Deputy Otis.
K-9 Deputy Oz’s partner Deputy Shane Beohm issued the following statement on Oz's death:
Today we say goodbye. You entered our lives 12 and 1/2 years ago and created an immediate bond. You were courageous, fearless and displayed sound nerves. I admire your character and I’m most thankful for all of your accomplishments on the road. You made me a better deputy due to your resolve. This hurts. Rest easy my friend.