Greene County K9 Deputy Lor retired in 2019, having spent nine years in law enforcement (Photo provided by the Greene County Sheriff's Office).

One of the most beloved staff members of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office crossed the rainbow bridge July 26.

The sheriff’s office announced the passing of canine deputy Lor with a Facebook post. Lor gained a tremendous fandom working alongside Deputy James Craigmyle as the two provided a look into the life of a K9 officer on the acclaimed A&E television show “Live PD.”

Lor, short for Loris, was 13.

Lor was born in the Czech Republic in 2008 and came to Springfield in 2010. He was trained to detect narcotics and to help deputies apprehend persons suspected of crimes. Lor was deployed about 2,000 times in his career in law enforcement.

While he sometimes took down crime suspects and was punched and kicked in the line of duty, Lor was known for being gentle with children. He would occasionally don a costume and play the role of Chase from “Paw Patrol” at parties.

According to a eulogy from Abby Norcross Craigmyle — and published by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office — Lor rose to stardom with his “Live PD” debut in 2018.

“This notoriety led to several plane trips, T-shirts with his image being sold on Amazon, and a stuffed toy in his likeness,” Craigmyle wrote. “Beyond his fame, Lor will be remembered at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office for opening Major [Phil] Corcoran’s refrigerator to steal apples, dropping slobber-covered toys into Sheriff [Jim] Arnott’s lap during meetings, and having an affinity for red Kongs.”

Lor retired in 2019 and lived out his days in the Craigmyle home.

In order to continue to honor his legacy, donations in his name may be made to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit on the county website or to Project K9 Hero, which paid many of his medical bills as well as the medical bills of other retired K9 officers.

According to the sheriff’s office, Lor will be interred in a private ceremony with the Craigmyle family.

Rance Burger

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