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Farewell, K9 Bolt!

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Bolt and Deputy Sheriff Johnny Polston searching for suspects Bolt and Deputy Sheriff Johnny Polston searching for suspects
POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Polk County Sheriff's Office K9 unit say good bye to their canine deputy this week. Retired service dog Bolt was recently put to rest after a disease.

The Diggett family mourns this loss together with the PCSO deputies. They gave the PCSO K9 unit a $6,000 donation to purchase a service dog to honor the memory of their daughter, Allison Sousa. Sousa was murdered in 2003.

Sousa was a Lightnings fan, that's how Bolt got his name. The Diggett family helped pick out the puppy. Sgt. Howard Martin trained him. He worked with now retired Deputy Sheriff Johnny Polston and Sgt. Joe Wilson as a bomb detection dog.

During his service Bolt helped in 31 non-contact apprehensions and found a rocket launcher in a car in Lakeland. He won the Exceptional Service Award from North American Police Work Dog Association in 2007, according to the PCSO reports.

After Bolt retired he went to live with the Diggetts as their pet.

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