The Montgomery County Sheriff's department said goodbye to one of their own on Tuesday morning, Oct. 15.
Law Enforcement K-9 Officer Viper died on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Law enforcement agencies escorted Viper's body in a procession past the Montgomery County courthouses and down Hillsboro's main street.
A funeral service was held at Challacombe Park, where the K-9 officer was buried.
Viper began his career with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in August 2007.
He successfully completed the Illinois State Police K-9 Academy with his handler, Deputy Jeff Roach. Viper accompanied Deputy Roach on every tour of duty he was sent out on and was a great asset to agencies across Montgomery County, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Rick Robbins. He participated in many demonstrations with Deputy Roach at schools and civic group meetings.
Viper retired from the sheriff's department in August 2017, after a decade of service to the county.
Viper had five siblings, Easy, Josie, Neeko, Grim and Dino - each served as Law Enforcement K-9's. His human family included parents, Jeff and Stacey; grandmother, Becky; sister, Erica; and brothers, Nick, Andrew and Aaron.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Illinois State Police, Hillsboro Police Department (PD), Litchfield PD, Decatur PD, Roodhouse PD, Belleville PD, Johnston City PD, Quincy PD, Carlinville PD, Galesburg PD, Bloomington PD, Greene County Sheriff's Office, Wayne County Sheriff's, Office and Effingham County Sherrif's Office, were present for Viper's funeral procession and service.
Viper's fellow K-9 officers were also in attendance, including the Montgomery County Sheriff Department's newest Law Enforcement K-9, Flex, who is currently in the ISP K-9 Academy.