(9-16-22) From the Darke County’s Sheriff Office-

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of retired Darke County Sheriff’s Office K9 Eric. Retired K9 Deputy Eric was handled by Deputy Jay Pearson. K9 Deputy Eric was certified in drug detection, tracking, article search and was a fulltime patrol dog. K9 Deputy Eric served the citizens of Darke County for 7 years until his retirement in August of 2021. He spent his retirement in the home of his handler, Deputy Jay Pearson, and his family. The Darke County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Jay Pearson would like to thank Darke County Veterinary Service, Dr. Gilbert and his staff for the compassionate care they provided Eric throughout his service and in his final days. We would also like to thank Tribute Funeral Home’s Pet Memorial Service, who donated their services in memorializing K9 Eric. Our hearts and prayers are with Deputy Pearson and his family at this difficult time. We will always be grateful for his service.