Retired Petaluma police K9 "Rico" laid to rest

The Petaluma Police Department is remembering a police canine that recently passed away.

The police canine Rico, who served the Petaluma community between 2006 and 2013, died at the age of 14.

Rico was laid to rest on Thursday, according to the Petaluma Police Department.

The canine was partnered with police officer Michael Page.

As an active police canine, Rico aided in suspect apprehensions, handler protection and narcotics detection, and he gained the respect, recognition and service requests from local, state and federal law enforcement partners, police said.

Rico was responsible for the seizure of thousands of pounds of illegal drugs, millions of dollars in drug-related assets and hundreds of suspect apprehensions and surrenders.

Rico's career with the department ended in 2013 when he jumped from a second story balcony and suffered life-threatening injuries.

Following his retirement, he lived out his final years with the Page family in Petaluma.