A long standing member of Kent’s safety forces hung up the leash after 8 dedicated years of service, Aiko, Kent’s K9 German Shepard.
Aiko and his handler, Sgt. Jim Ennemoser, joined City Council one last time to share a few stories of their time together on the force.
Jim has plenty of good years left in him, but Aiko’s best days are behind him — and even though he’s in good health, 8 years on the patrol beat is a lot to ask of a K9 who typically serve 5-6 years because of the physical demands of the job — so it was time to call it a career.
It was a great send-off for Aiko, including the highlights of a stellar career: the team was deployed 472 times, ran 299 narcotics calls, 54 building searches and made 62 criminal tracks.
As Chief Lee stated: “The team has had many successes in finds, sniffs and seizures so Aiko’s retirement is well deserved, thank you for a job well done.”
Like any good retirement send-off, the Council room was packed full of family members and co-workers who will miss the City’s “best-friend” whose enthusiasm for the job seemed undiminished as Aiko clearly wanted Sgt. Ennemoser to stop talking so much and throw his chew toy already.
And like many retirements, it was a touching moment of thanks and saying goodbye, leaving few dry eyes in the room.
As is tradition, Council unanimously voted to transfer ownership of Aiko to the Ennemoser family so that he can enjoy his golden years with the family that cared for him over all his years of service.
I’m sure there will be lots of chew toys and tennis balls for Aiko to chase for years to come.
Way to go Aiko, thanks for all you did for Kent.