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Nation's oldest police K-9 handler and dog retire

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SHELBURNE, Vt. -

The nation's oldest police K-9 handler is retiring.

After working as an officer for 41 years, Shelburne Police Ofc. Chris Morrell is calling it quits. The 72-year-old founded the Hinesburg police department and later joined the Shelburne force.

Retiring with Morrell is his K-9 partner, Buck. The two have worked together for eight years and Morrell says he is most grateful for the relationship he's had with his dogs.

"Imagine if you would, that you were the father of a 7-year-old boy who was developmentally challenged, so you had to do many things for them. And you were a single parent, so you were with them 24-hours per day. You would establish a very unique bond. You have to take care of them and he'll take care of you," Morrell said.

"Chris was very fair, honest, very reputable individual. He was just what Hinesburg needed to start a community policing program here,” said Lynn Gardner, who hired Morrell in Hinesburg.

Morrell is now writing a book on the lessons he's learned from his four decades on the force.

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