GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) — A tail-wagging worthy celebration took place in Greenville Tuesday to give thanks to Greenville’s longest serving K-9 officer.
The Greenville Police Department pulled off the ultimate retirement party for one of its officers today. K-9 Patton was happy as could be. The newly retired K-9 got to go home with his partner and best friend Tuesday.
Chad Bowen Patton’s handler said he is excited to now call his partner, his pet.
“When you spend as long as you do with these dogs every day in and out, you build a bond with them and I couldn’t imagine someone else looking out for him,” he said.
During the party, Patton received toys and a certificate of appreciation. There was also a heart-warming tribute to honor his years of service. Officer Chad Bowen was smiling ear-to-ear.
“Amazing, an amazing ride, couldn’t be more proud! He’s done some amazing things,” he said.
Patton is the longest-tenured K-9’s in GPD history with the most locates than any other dog. He has assisted on drug and criminal locates and located lost children to bring families back together.
That includes officer Bowen’s family, who said Patton completes the puzzle. Bowen said, “They say you did a good job finding that person and I’m like, no I didn’t do it I’m just the guy on the end of the leash, he does all the work.”
Bowen’s older brother Lt. David Bowen said, “Just to see how well they have meshed together and become really good partners over the years have been great.”
Patton has set the bar pretty high. “He is going to be a hard act to follow,” said Lt. David Bowen
Officer Chad Bowen added, “If something were to happen, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second, grabbing him and bringing him into work.”
While Patton may miss the daily grind, those kongs at home aren’t going to chew themselves.
Officer Chad Bowen now works with his new partner Audie, he is named after a World War II medal of honor recipient “Audie Murphy.”