OCEAN COUNTY – The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department is mourning the loss of one of their own. Their K9 officer named Bear has died.
According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, Bear passed away suddenly.
K9 Bear was a 7 year old German Shepherd, handled by Sheriff’s Officer Christine Casullo. Bear served the citizens of Ocean County fearlessly and with a tremendous amount of loyalty.
Over his five years with the department, Bear was responsible for numerous explosive sweeps in County as well as assisting various State & Federal Task Forces.
Bear participated in many public demonstrations and along with his handler, were a welcome addition to countless community events.
K9 Bear will be greatly missed by all.
The death comes just weeks after Manchester Township Police lost K-9 Officer Storm who had recently retired.