Handler – Sgt. James Clark
Retired Gloucester Township K9 Passed On New Year’s Eve
Retired Gloucester Township K9 Nero passed away on New Year’s Eve, the Gloucester Township Police Department announced on Friday. Nero was a narcotics and patrol canine who served alongside his partner and handler Sgt. James Clark from 2008 through 2016. He retired when Clark was promoted. During their career they were instrumental in many investigations and arrests. They received Distinguished Unit citations in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2015 for their assistance in various cases, according to the police department. They also received a Life Saving citation for tracking and locating an elderly Gloucester Township resident. She had wandered from her home in the middle of the night during sub zero temperatures. She was found suffering from Hypothermia and laying on the side of a residence, where she would have died if not discovered. Sgt. Clark and K9 Nero were also known to their community and schools for having participated in countless Junior and Citizen police academies, as well as many public demonstrations during their career. Nero happily spent the last years at home with his family.”K9 Nero will be truly missed by all of his brothers and sisters in the GTPD, as well as his community, who he had faithfully protected and served,” the police department said in a release announcing his Dec. 30, 2017, passing.