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Retired South Whitehall Township K-9 Cirrus and his handler Sgt. Kyle Golden stand next to a police cruiser in front of the South Whitehall Township building.PRESS PHOTO COURTESY SWTPD Retired South Whitehall Township K-9 Cirrus and his handler Sgt. Kyle Golden stand next to a police cruiser in front of the South Whitehall Township building.PRESS PHOTO COURTESY SWTPD

South Whitehall’s K-9 retires to life of leisure

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

Cirrus, the large black German shepherd working in the South Whitehall police department for six years, has retired.

At a recent commissioners’ meeting, Police Chief John Christman reported Cirrus’ badge will be retired and put on display in the police building along with those of other department retirees.

The reason for the dog’s retirement is his handler, Kyle Golden, has been promoted to sergeant, a supervisory position and they do not have a K-9.

However, Cirrus will remain with Golden, who has been his partner since 2011.

“He’ll be well taken care of,” Golden said.

Christman noted Cirrus had a good record in his career.

The K-9 officer assisted the Allentown Police Department in apprehensions and found an elderly person who was wandering and lost in Salisbury Township.

The chief said Cirrus was used in almost all local municipalities.

“K-9s get around,” Christman said. “They are a shared resource.”

Christman hinted Cirrus was not present at the meeting due to his unsociable behavior.

“He’s not very friendly but he is very effective,” Christman said.

The township will find a replacement for Cirrus in 2018.

South Whitehall’s other K-9, Kimber, was greeting people at the meeting with his handler Patrol Officer Colin Beaumont.

Christman displayed a painting of Kimber presented to the township by artist Marion Schoneberger.

The appealing likeness of Kimber will be displayed in the police department.

Schoneberger, who created the work in her local studio, commented on her impetus to paint the dog.

“I like to donate and give back to the community,” the artist said.

Christman noted Schoneberger did a great job portraying Kimber’s facial expression, especially his long pink tongue.