- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A valued veteran of the Pittsfield Police Department credited with saving two lives during his career has died.

Chief Michael Wynn said in a statement Monday that Nero, the department’s German shepherd, died recently after a long illness.

Nero spent eight years with the department.

The Berkshire Eagle (https://bit.ly/1k5wq8c ) reports that in 2009, Nero found a woman who wandered from a homeless shelter in freezing temperatures. Nero located the woman trying to keep warm in a pile of leaves.

In 2012, Nero tracked an elderly man who had wandered from home in freezing temperatures. The dog traced the man two miles to a barn where he was trying to keep warm.

Nero is also credited with apprehending numerous felons and helping find more than 40 pounds of illegal drugs.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, https://www.berkshireeagle.com

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