Retired K-9 officer passes away

ALBION, N.Y. (WIVB) – A retired K-9 officer that served with the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office for nine years has passed away.

After months of declining health, “Cliff” passed away on March 7 at 15-years-old. The retired K-9 officer joined the force in 2002 and was assigned to his handler, Lieutenant Christopher Bourke. For the next nine years, Cliff and Lt. Bourke took part in hundreds of narcotics investigations, search warrants and arrests. Both aided law enforcement agencies throughout WNY and Ontario, Canada, and even provided assistance to federal agents. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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