The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office announced that a retired K-9, “Kiko” passed away recently. Kiko was an eight year veteran of the Coconino County Sheriff’s office from 2008 until 2016, which is when his handler Deputy Rick Shouse retired as well. Kiko continued to live out his retirement with Shouse, living to be almost 16 years old. Kiko came from Slovakia and served the Blue Ridge community, as well as the rest of the county. During his career, Kiko made significant contributions to his profession and public safety by locating multiple drug seizures, along with tracking and protecting his partner during his daily patrol activities. As a working K-9, Kiko participated in extensive training on a regular basis along with annual certifications in order to perform his duties. Sheriff officials say the Blue Ridge community was always safer place with Kiko and Deputy Shouse on duty.