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K-9 police officer dies after a traffic stop in Forest Lake

Efforts to resuscitate Ranger at the University of Minnesota's Veterinary Hospital were unsuccessful.
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Forest Lake Police Department says it "lost one of our own" Wednesday morning when a K-9 officer died while responding to a traffic stop.

K-9 Ranger died while responding to a call with his partner, Officer Nick Kent, overnight, with Forest Lake PD paying tribute on its Facebook page.

"It is with heavy hearts we post that we lost one of our own this morning," it said. "K9 Ranger passed away after assisting on a call late last night."

According to the Star Tribune, the 95-pound German shepherd suffered a cardiac arrest while helping police and state patrol with a traffic stop near Hwys. 97 and 61.

He was sent out because the driver did not follow police officers but immediately after the driver was arrested, Ranger went into cardiac arrest, and attempts to resuscitate him at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital were unsuccessful.

It's the second K-9 officer in Minnesota to have died this week.

On Sunday, Fridley Police Department K-9 Nitro passed away just a month after retiring, according to a Facebook condolence post by Centennial Lakes Police Department.

The dog had served the city's police department "nearly all his life," the post said.

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