This week, Tukwila Police announced the sad news that their former K9 Officer ‘Ace’ has passed away.

Ace joined the Tukwila Police family in March, 2013 when he was paired up with Officer Frank. Ace went on to spend six years working night shift alongside Officer Frank and was responsible for the capture of hundreds of suspects along with saving Officer Frank and other officers on numerous occasions from serious injury or worse.

“Police K9s are more than just working dogs,” police said. “They become a genuine part of their handler’s family and the department family.”

Ace lived at home with Officer Frank and his family and when Officer Frank put on his uniform, Ace knew that it was time to get go work. When not assisting on calls, Ace patiently waited at the station for his next call, tried to bribe officers into a game of tug-a-war with him and was often a comforting presence after particularly traumatic or stressful calls.

Upon retiring in 2019, K9 Ace spent the rest of his days enjoying his time with Officer Frank and his family right up until the end.

Ace was buried earlier this week in his tracking harness.

“Thank you Ace for everything you did to keep our officers and members of the Tukwila community safe over your six years of service. There are truly no words to express our gratitude due to having so many stories and examples of how fearless, loyal and brave Ace was. Our thoughts are with Officer Frank and his family during this difficult time.”