- Associated Press - Sunday, May 22, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Burlington police K9 team has been voted into the Vermont Police Canine Hall of Fame.

Police Sgt. Wade Labrecque and his K9 partner, Andre, will have their names engraved on a marble plaque at the Hall of Fame, located on the same grounds as the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford, Vermont.

Andre and Labrecque won many awards and distinctions as the state’s top K9 team. In 2013, Andre alerted to a bag containing 9,000 bags of heroin - at the time the state’s largest single seizure of heroin. He also is credited with saving Labrecque from a suspect armed with a brick waiting for the officer in the basement of a residence.

In all, Andre has 570 drug finds and helped seize upwards of $750,000 worth of illegal drugs and cash proceeds.

Andre retired in December 2015, at the age of 10, when he started developing arthritis in his back legs. He lives with Labrecque and his family.

Fewer than 20 K9 teams or individuals have been admitted to the Vermont Canine Hall of Fame since its inception in 2008.

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