HOUSTON – Feb. 29, 2016 – Spring ISD’s K-9 Detective Emmy retired Friday, Feb. 26 after 10 years of dedicated service – 75 in human years – with her partner, K-9 Officer David Fuente. A special retirement ceremony hosted at Meyer Elementary School was attended by Spring ISD students, personnel, administrators and various local law enforcement agencies and their K-9s – all ready to bid Emmy a congratulatory farewell.
Throughout Detective Emmy’s long and dedicated career, she has been a key player in conducting hundreds of routine and practice search drills at campuses that would have not been possible without her assistance.
“We will definitely miss her. She has been an instrumental part of our police force by protecting and enforcing our mission for the unit and the district, and in maintaining a safe and secure environment for all of our students and employees,” said Chief Victor Mitchell, Spring ISD Police Department. “She would follow weekly trainings to keep her proficiency in finding narcotics, and she was also annually certified through the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association, all in order to keep our students safe and secure in our district.”
As the Spring ISD K-9 officer, Emmy attended dozens of presentations, classroom visits and school programs where she enjoyed teaching students the importance of staying drug-free, as well as keeping safe from stranger danger and weapons.
“Emmy and Officer Fuente have worked together ever since she joined our team,” said Mitchell. “They have been partners for many years and kept each other safe. We will miss her, but we know she is ready to retire.”
During the service retirement ceremony, Detective Emmy performed her final K-9 demonstration as part of the Spring ISD police force and lead a parade of K-9s that included K-9 Izzy from New Caney ISD with handler Officer D. Soto, K-9 Fila from Conroe ISD with handler Officer J. Armstrong, and K-9 Hummer from Montgomery County with handler Officer D. Birch.
Also during the ceremony, Officer Fuente received a plaque for the tireless work both he and Detective Emmy have dedicated to Spring ISD students, personnel and the community for the past decade.
Detective Emmy will remain with Officer Fuente and his wife, enjoying a more relaxed lifestyle that includes plenty of walks and play time. Born in 2005 in Indiana, she is Spring ISD’s third K-9 officer.