Heroic police K-9 passes away after seven years of service

It was last summer that Peachtree City Police Department K-9 Officer Maik retired from service. The partner of Cpl. Andy.

It was last summer that Peachtree City Police Department K-9 Officer Maik retired from service. The partner of Cpl. Andy Johnson passed away at Johnson’s home on May 6.

Peachtree City Police Department K-9 Officer Maik and his handler, Cpl. Andy Johnson were on hand at the Aug. 18, 2016 meeting of the Peachtree City Council. Police Chief Janet Moon (L) looked on as Mayor Vanessa Fleisch and the council recognized Maik’s seven years of exemplary service and announced his retirement. Maik went to live with Johnson and his family. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A Belgian Malinois with seven years of service, Maik retired from active duty in August 2016 after developing arthritis in his back, and has lived with Johnson and his family since that time.

The department on its Facebook page on Tuesday announced that Maik has passed away in his sleep.

“Thank you to Maik for serving our city and our department with honor,” the Facebook post said. “He has been a partner and friend to Cpl. Johnson, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they say their goodbyes.”

Department spokesperson Odilia Bergh said Maik was the first K-9 officer to serve with the Peachtree City Police Department in 20 years.