Procession honors Tippecanoe Co. K-9 officer

Former TCSO K-9 Arko passed away Friday. (WISH Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A sea of blue and red lights could be seen in Lafayette Monday night in honor of an officer who served Tippecanoe County for nearly 9 years.

On Friday night, Arko an 11-year-old Belgian Malinois died. He served alongside his handler, Tippecanoe County Dep. Donald Miller.

Arko was a part of countless drug arrests and criminal apprehensions.

Correction officer Jim Knogge, who has had two K- 9s of his own, said the procession of police cars is an emotional way to pay respects and show support.

“A lot of happy moments come flooding back into your memory, to the point where you’re overcome with emotion. Just to see the amount of backing and the lighting that is involved with this – it’s just amazing,” said Knogge.

A tumor on Arko’s pancreas affected his blood sugar and he died at the Purdue Small Animal Hospital Friday morning.

Another retired K-9, West Lafayette’s Kay, died earlier this month. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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