During his tenure on the force, Hunter put his life on the line each day to keep the community safe. His selfless contributions to the force came to a heartbreaking end recently after his health took a sudden turn for the worse:
"K-9 Hunter has been ill for the past several days and when tests were conducted they revealed that K9 Hunter has a very aggressive form of liver cancer. They unfortunately recommended that he be euthanized," Middletown K-9 supervisor Sgt. Doug Clark wrote online.
The diagnosis was especially hard on D'Aresta, who had to make the difficult decision to put his friend to sleep, but he was not alone in his grief. Flanked by their fellow officers outside the veterinary office when that sad day came, D'Aresta carried Hunter in his arms as he received one last salute from those whom he served so loyally alongside.