FREEHOLD - The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office has announced that its K-9 Evan has passed away.

The 7-year-old Labrador retriever, who specialized in narcotics detection, was diagnosed with cancer two months ago, the Sheriff’s Office said Monday. Evan developed an infection and died on Friday, June 27. 

He was the partner of Sheriff’s Officer Kurt Kroeper.

"Evan and I shared a special bond, we worked together, lived together and protected one another,” said Officer Kroeper. “I’m grateful to have had such an outstanding partner and appreciate all of the support in recent months.”

“Evan was an extraordinary member of the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit," said Sheriff Shaun Golden. "He played a pivotal role in ridding the streets of drugs that plague our county. Evan will be missed and never forgotten.”