- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) - A Midland-based organization that pays respects to fallen police officers is set to honor a police dog that died last week.

The police dog named Zando worked with the Blackman-Leoni Township Public Safety Department in Jackson County for 10 years. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and was put down Oct. 27.

Project Blue Light of Midland will honor the police dog at an annual ceremony Dec. 6, the Jackson Citizen Patriot (https://bit.ly/1GLxk6P ) reports. The ceremony includes individual memorials, and decorations are given to the families of fallen officers.

Mary Fisher, who founded the Midland branch of the project in 2005, said Zando is a “hero” and deserves to be honored alongside 31 officers from the Midland area.

“We wanted to get this police dog honored because of what he does,” Fisher said.

Zando helped catch roughly 100 suspects and performed demonstrations for students, youth groups and churches. His handler, Christopher Jacobson, said Zando’s family got to say their goodbyes at an animal clinic before he was put down.

Fisher hasn’t reached out to Jacobson about honoring Zando, but said the Midland group will do so.

“He deserves that,” she said.

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Information from: Jackson Citizen Patriot, https://www.mlive.com/jackson

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