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Putnam County K-9 inducted into American Police Hall of Fame

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A member of the Putnam County law enforcement community is now in the American Police Hall of Fame.

A K-9 named Flint from the Putnam County Sheriff's Department was inducted on Tuesday. His handler, Sgt. Shane Shamblin, accepted the award from the president of the National Association of Police Chiefs. "They are heroes. They're the first ones a lot of the time to make contact with a dangerous individual and they do that unselfishly. They have no fear and their loyalty is probably something that is their best quality," said Sgt. Shane Shamblin with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department.

Flint was a German Shepherd that worked in the sheriff's department for eight years. The K-9 worked primarily in drug enforcement and detection, including school searches and student demonstrations.

He retired in October 2010. Flint died on Thursday, July 25, 2012. He was 11 years old.

The American Police Hall of Fame has been in existence for more than 50 years. Located in Tittusville, Florida, it's the oldest memorial and police museum in the country.