AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora police are mourning the loss of one of their own. K9 Draco lost his battle with brain cancer on Saturday night. Draco was about to turn five years old.

K9 Draco (credit: Aurora Police)

The department had asked for thoughts and prayers for Draco’s health and recovery earlier in the day, but updated the public saying Draco passed away.

Officials say Draco had spent four years with the department in the patrol and explosive detection units.

(credit: Aurora Police)

Officials say Draco’s human parents were by his side before he passed.

The K9 Unit says Draco’s brain will be donated for further research to help other dogs, and Draco will be cremated. His remains will stay with his handler, Ofc. Green.

The unit plans to have a memorial service after arrangements are made.

(credit: Aurora Police)

“He was a true part of the APD Family. Draco, thank you for serving Aurora and protecting your ‘person’ so well. Rest well my friend, we’ll take it from here,” Chief Nick Metz said on social media.

Those wishing to send card or gifts for Draco or Ofc. Green should send them to:

Aurora Police Department
13347 E. Montview Blvd.
Aurora, CO 80010

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