(La Porte, IN) - The La Porte County Sheriff’s Department is losing two outstanding officers—one with lots of muscle and one with lots of fur.
At the August 3rd County Commissioners meeting, Sheriff John Boyd announced that K-9 companion Argo will be retiring.
Argo is a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois, who has served La Porte County for seven years. Boyd told the commissioners that age is catching up with Argo. “He does have some physical limitations that have forced him to be single-purpose,” Boyd said. Over the years Argo gained a reputation for his apprehension and tracking skills, but recently he has been limited to explosives detection. Boyd said Argo suffers from tendonitis, severe arthritis in his front paws, and calcium buildup in his back causing some discomfort.
Unfortunately, Argo’s handler, Deputy Bobby Greer, is also leaving the department after nine years of public service. Greer, who is an accomplished power lifter, is stepping away from law enforcement for a job at a steel mill. Not only is the pay better, but according to Greer an even bigger factor is the health insurance and benefits.
At a recent Sheriff’s Merit Board meeting, board president Jim Kimmel lamented the loss of Greer to the department. “Bobby is just one of those guys that’s just a pleasure to have around. He’s very, very professional, gets the job done,” Kimmel said, emphasizing Greer’s positive demeanor. “Bobby was one to go around and bring the troops up when they were down a little bit. He always had a little humor on the side.”
August 19 will be the last day on the police force for both Greer and his partner Argo. The County Commission gave approval, as is the custom, for Argo to remain with the Greer family and enjoy a well-earned retirement.