K-9 Destro Dies

Written by on October 6, 2018

K-9 Destro

A sad day for the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and the community.
K-9 Deputy Destro has died.

Destro joined the sheriff’s office five years ago. He has partnered his entire career with Deputy Chris Erion.
Destro was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Deputy Chris Erion with Destro

K-9 Destro has been instrumental in capturing a number of criminals.

He has also participated in helping to find lost persons.
Deputy Erion and Destro served as good will ambassadors for the Sheriff’s Office through many demonstrations at area schools and service clubs.


Official News Release from Genesee County Sheriff’s Office:

Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. announced the untimely death of K-9 “Destro” following a very short battle with cancer. Destro developed heath concerns earlier this past week and passed away yesterday, Friday October 5, 2018, at the Cornell University Companion Hospital with his handler, Deputy Christopher Erion, by his side. Destro, an 8-year old German Shepherd, joined the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office in August 2013.

Destro will continue his service in death, as his body will be made available to Cornell University Veterinary Students to learn and study from for a brief period of time. His remains will then be returned to his family home in Byron where he will be laid to final rest alongside two other family dogs.

“Destro was a true asset to all law enforcement agencies across western New York. He has been instrumental in tracking suspects, missing persons, and locating narcotics, just to name a few skills he brought to the job,” stated Sheriff Sheron. “He will be truly missed and our sympathies are with his handler, Deputy Christopher Erion and family”.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is truly appreciative for the tremendous care and comfort afforded to Destro and Deputy Christopher Erion by the Hilton Veterinary Clinic and the Cornell University Companion Hospital.

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