Eastlake Police are mourning the unexpected passing of K-9 Ekko on Friday, according to the department's Facebook page.
A Facebook post by his partner Patrolman John McCauley reads: "I lost my partner Ekko....Ekko passed away at home without warning and I was unaware of any issue."
McCauley said he was unaware of any issues.
"I miss you Ekko and thank you for keeping me safe while on patrol and at home. Please watch over us," McCauley wrote.
K-9 Ekko joined the police department in May 2008. During that time, according to the Facebook post, Ekko performed 516 narcotic searches, 53 tracks, 40 area searches, 30 articles searches and 132 building searches."
McCauley said that K-9 Ekko also received awards:
2008 Top Honor Rookie from the Bil-Jac Dog Food & the German Shepherd Dog Club of Northern Ohio
2009 Top Honor for Tracking / Narcotics from the Bil-Jac Dog Food & the German Shepherd Dog Club of Northern Ohio
2011 Top Honor for Apprehension from the Bil-Jac Dog Food & the German Shepherd Dog Club of Northern Ohio