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'Rest In Peace Buddy': Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Mourns Death Of K-9 Roman

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) -- On Wednesday, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office announced one of their K-9 officers had passed away suddenly.

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(credit: Arapahoe County Sheriff)

"It is with great sadness the [Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office] announces the sudden passing of K-9 Roman," officials tweeted.

Officials said Roman passed away last Thursday, after complications from surgery for a life-threatening illness.

Back in May, officials said Roman underwent surgery for a twisted small intestine and colon.

(credit: Arapahoe County Sheriff)

Roman was able to return home with his handler after surgery.

Just last week, Roman posed with officials from CoBank who donated $10,000 towards his vet bills -- which total more than $20,000. Advantage Security, Inc. donated an additional $4,000 and Back The Blue K-9 Force covered the remaining $13,000.

It's hard to find the words to say thank you when someone gives you $10,000 to help your dog. That's how we felt when...

Posted by Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, June 23, 2021

On that day, officials said Roman was improving and gaining weight -- and was cleared for basic obedience.

He died the next day.

"Roman, thank you for your service. Rest in peace buddy. We'll take it from here. #endofwatch," officials tweeted on Wednesday.

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