Police officers lined the entrance of Cranston Police Department’s headquarters Monday afternoon as motorcades and K-9 units stopped along Garfield Avenue to honor K-9 Lex who passed away from …
Police officers lined the entrance of Cranston Police Department’s headquarters Monday afternoon as motorcades and K-9 units stopped along Garfield Avenue to honor K-9 Lex who passed away from cancer on Sept. 14.
Lex and his partner Officer Nathan Bagshaw served the city from July 2015 until Lex’s retirement this past April. Lex had been diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago, and the veterinarian only gave him six months to live.
“Lex far exceeded this grim projection and was able to work several more months and enjoy valuable time in retirement with the entire Bagshaw family, to include Officer Bagshaw’s son and daughter who cherished him as a family pet that they had known since a very young age. During his retirement he enjoyed random trips to Dunkin Donuts in Coventry on the weekends to enjoy a donut given to him by the admiring employees,” wrote the department in an announcement of Lex’s passing.
On Monday, the department invited the public to pay their respects to Lex. The department started at the Final Gift Memorial Center on Daniels Way in Cranston where there was a half-hour walk-thru. From there, the motorcade, CPD K-9 unit and other department units including Coventry and Woonsocket escorted Lex to headquarters. People lined the sidewalk outside the department to pay their respects; Cranston Mayor Ken Hopkins and former Mayor Allan Fung were among those in attendance.
The procession route included Western Industrial Drive, Comstock Parkway, Scituate Avenue, Phenix Avenue, Park Avenue, Gansett Avenue, Cranston Street and Garfield Avenue. When officers arrived at headquarters, Lex’s final call was given over channel 1; the patrol then went over the loudspeaker.
“Officer Bagshaw and Lex were a great team, spending countless hours together resulting in the seizure of large quantities of narcotics, illegal proceeds, firearms as well as apprehending dangerous criminals in the City of Cranston and neighboring communities,” wrote the department. “He was also responsible for tracking and locating missing persons and visiting many schools and public functions where he was always a hit, especially due to his calm and friendly disposition.”
“Thank you K-9 Lex for your invaluable service to the Cranston Police Department and the residents of the City of Cranston. Your service will never be forgotten. You can rest now your watch is over. We will take it from here,” said the department.
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