Bandit, the Rowan County Sheriff Department’s K-9 drug officer, was recognized at Tuesday’s Rowan County Fiscal Court meeting for his dedication.

A proclamation was read announcing Bandit’s retirement on Oct. 1.

Bandit, a 10-year-old German Shepherd, started with the sheriff’s department on March 1, 2012. He and Deputy Baker Hollis have been partners since January 2013.

“He’s a part of the family,” said Hollis. “We appreciate you all,” he told magistrates and a roomful of sheriff’s deputies.

Hollis recalled Bandit’s affection for emergency vehicles.

“He has a fetish for fire trucks,” he said. “Every time he sees a fire truck or hose he’s going to bite something.”

Bandit will spend his retirement years with the Hollis family.

Following the presentation, there was an unveiling of a framed quilt that now hangs outside the sheriff’s office in the courthouse.

The quilt was made by Linda Hollis, Baker’s wife, and quilted by Sarah Newcomb. It was framed by Artisan Framewerks in Morehead from wood from Harold White Lumber.

The quilt is bordered in black and gold stripes and features an American flag with white, black and blue stripes.

One stripe contains the phrase “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.”

Also on the quilt is a Rowan County Sheriff’s Department badge and the following words:

“The BlueLine Support Quilt is presented to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office to honor our Law Enforcement Personnel. Special thanks to Rowan County Judge-Executive Harry Clark and the Rowan County Fiscal Court. Created and donated by Baker and Linda Hollis. Quilted by Sarah Newcomb, Cave Run Quilting, LLC. Custom framing by Artisan Framewerks.”

Stephanie Ockerman can be reached at sockerman@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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