Happy retirement Pasco County K9 partners. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office bids farewell to two of its members today. Say hello to retirement, K9 Hela and her partner, Cpl. Rux! Cpl. Rux had a long and successful career with PSO, serving as a valuable member of the K9 unit.


Starting out in patrol in 1996, the corporal became a K9 handler in 1998. Throughout his career, Rux worked alongside four K9 partners: K9 Emir, K9 Sam, K9 Thor, and his current partner, K9 Hela. Together, they accomplished great things.

In their time together, Rux and his partners were able to locate over 800 missing individuals and suspects, making a significant impact in their community. Cpl. Rux’s dedication and expertise led him to become PSO’s K9 trainer in 2004. Over the years, he trained 118 K9 teams in patrol and narcotics detection, benefiting 11 different agencies.

Now, let’s talk about K9 Hela, the trailblazing Golden Retriever. She made history as the first of her kind to be employed at PSO. Since April 2018, Hela has been diligently serving the Pasco community. At just 6 years old, Hela specializes in narcotics detection. Her name is derived from Norse mythology, where Hela was the sister of Thor. It’s a tribute to Cpl. Rux’s previous K9 partner, showcasing the bond they shared.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Cpl. Rux and K9 Hela for their unwavering dedication and years of exceptional service. They have made a significant impact not only in Pasco County but also beyond its borders. As they embark on their retirement adventures, PSO wishes Cpl. Rux and K9 Hela all the best for the future. Happy retirement Pasco County K9 partners. And…Thank you for your service! NewsChannel8

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