STRATFORD - Stratford police officers were joined by K-9 units from 44 different police departments as they said goodbye Friday to Zak.

The 7-year-old police dog died suddenly last month while he was exercising.

Zak's partner, Officer Thomas Clements, say he was touched by the show of support.

"It was very special. There's no other units out there like the K-9 Handlers, that come out like this."

The department established a fund in Zak's memory that will raise money to help train a new police dog. Donations can be sent to:

Stratford Police Department K-9 Fund

900 Longbrook Ave.

Stratford CT 06614