In June, Arlington Police Department’s K-9 Dasty passed away after a brief battle with cancer. On Aug. 17, he was honored in Arlington with a memorial service. K-9 units from several towns came to honor Dasty and his handler, Officer Mike Hogan.
People lined Mystic Street to see the procession bearing Dasty’s ashes. Two police motorcycles lead the line, followed by Hogan’s K-9 cruiser and another car with Hogan and his family. Dasty’s ashes were greeted at the police station by a line of K-9 officers from area police departments, their dogs sitting proudly at attention, and a police honor guard. They walked Hogan and his family up into the Brian R. Greeley Memorial Plaza at the back of the station.
Here, APD Chief Frederick Ryan and Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine offered remarks on Dasty’s impact on the town. Chapdelaine noted that Dasty’s legacy assisting officers’ community policing will continue with Arlington’s new K-9, Eiko who joined the force in January 2017.
“Today is so important for all the members of the Arlington Police Department and particularly for Officer Hogan and his beautiful family,” said Ryan. “It’s important to accept Dasty’s loss, to move on with out mission of serving this community and recognize the overwhelming impact that Dasty and Officer Hogan have had on this community.”
Doctor Kevin Fallon of Mill Brook Animal Clinic also spoke. He had taken care of Dasty throughout his time serving in Arlington, though Fallon noted Dasty never seemed to need help. He was healthy until the end. Fallon recounted Dasty’s last day when Hogan called him on Father’s Day.
“In order to get Dasty out of his cage, feeling so lousy, he [Hogan] said to Dasty, ‘do you want to go to work?’.”
Richard Raymond from Arlington Ambulance, which is located across the street from the police station, presented Hogan with a plaque commemorating Dasty that will be placed in a memorial inside the police station.
Hogan thanked his fellow K-9 officers for coming to the memorial and John Johnston, the man who placed Dasty with Hogan.
“He was a great dog, I’m going to miss him,” Hogan said. “He did exactly what he wanted. He wanted to work his entire life and that’s what he did.”