ESCANABA - Escanaba Public Safety's bomb dog, Robbie, has retired after serving five years for the department, announced officials.
Robbie began working in 2008 with his handler, Public Safety Officer Marc Maycunich. The K9 was trained in detecting explosives, tracking, searching, and protecting his handler.
In addition to working on the nightshift with Maycunich, Robbie responded to various calls in Escanaba and throughout the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. These requests included bomb threats and suspicious packages at schools and businesses. The K9 also assisted with alarms, break-ins, searches and fugitive apprehensions.
"Robbie was key in the apprehension of several fugitives during his tour of duty including an escapee from Wisconsin located in the city of Escanaba and an escapee from Dickinson County who fled to Wisconsin," according to a news release from the department.
"One fugitive hiding in an attic came out only after being told Robbie would be put into the attic if he did not. Robbie's presence alone helped in keeping officers and suspects from being injured during these arrests," the news release stated.
Robbie also performed numerous demonstrations for the public, area schools, and local civic groups while serving for Public Safety.
The retired K9 officer will continue to live with his handler. Age-related problems forced the dog to retire, said officials.
Officer Maycunich commented, "It has been an honor to have worked as a dog handler with such a great partner serving the citizens of the city of Escanaba and Upper Michigan."