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Passing of CPD canine officer

April 12th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

It is with sadness that the Cumberland Police Department announces the passing of canine officer Ralf.  Ralf was a valuable member of the department and a partner and friend to Cpl. Hedrick.  Ralf was placed on duty in November 2011, and assigned to his partner Cpl. Jeremy Hedrick.  Ralf spent many years assigned to the Allegany County Narcotics Task Force and eventually moved to the patrol division also serving as a School Resource Officer canine.   Ralf was responsible for recovering a lot of contraband throughout the years and helped get a lot of drug dealers off the streets.   Ralf retired on September 28, 2022, due to medical issues and after a battle eventually succumbed to his illness on April 11, 2022.   Ralf had an exemplary service record with our department and will be missed.  He was a friend to us all as well as the many children he came in contact with.    

Quote from Cpl. Hedrick, “Today, my best friend, my loyal companion and my partner died. This statement doesn't feel real. You had my back from day one. Yesterday was beautiful with you and you enjoyed the springtime weather and overnight you crossed that rainbow bridge. Detective K9 Ralf, you were glorious, majestic and loved far more than you will ever realize. You have brought joy to those young and old. You served your community with the utmost dignity. I am so proud that you were not only my partner but my family.”