Honoring K-9 Officer Faust: A Final Radio Call After 8 Years of Service

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Faust, a German Shepherd, served as an esteemed K-9 officer specializing in Explosives Detection and Patrol with the BNSF Railway Police Force in Texas.

For eight years, this brave canine consistently exhibited outstanding skill in protecting the community alongside his handler, Senior Special Agent Bryan Schaffer.

In recognition of his invaluable service, Faust was given a heartfelt retirement send-off, honoring his contributions to both the community and the nation.

Get ready to be inspired by a story of courage, loyalty, and the enduring legacy of an extraordinary K-9 officer.

An Emotional Farewell

k9 officer and german shepherd dog in car
Source: BNSF Railway
Riding one last time in his patrol vehicle with his beloved handler, K-9 Faust had no idea that he was about to receive his final radio call and emotional tribute for his remarkable journey and dedication.

March 3, 2017 was K-9 Faust’s last day of work on the Fort Worth police force. Faust was given the last radio call in his career, as it is the tradition for all officers who retire.

k9 officer hugging german shepherd dog in the car
Source: BNSF Railway

The video posted on BNSF Railway’s YouTube channel shows Faust and his handler, Bryan Schaffer, seated in the squad car while the dispatcher utters the final radio call.

“K-9 partner Faust just completed his last shift after serving as an Explosions detection and police service canine for eight years and one day, and he is now officially retired. Faust, thank you for your service to the BNSF Railway, the communities you’ve served, and most importantly, for serving and protecting your handler. Now, we wish you a well, healthy, and happy retirement. Radio clear.” 

K-9 Faust can be heard whimpering by the end of the call, and his handler of eight years was completely overwhelmed with emotion. With a sad look on his face, officer Shaffer gave Faust a kiss.

The clip was originally posted on YouTube on March 6, 2017, and since then, it has been viewed more than 720,000 times.

You can take a look at Faust’s emotional send-off into retirement here:

Thank You For Your Service

german shepherd dog lying on the grass
Source: BNSF Railway
“Faust, thank you for all the good you have done for BNSF and other agencies – but mostly I thank you for getting us both home safe after every shift,” Special Agent Bryan Shaffer said in the farewell post on Facebook.

“He is now officially a permanent part of our family,” officer Shaffer concluded.

Sadly, after three years of enjoying retirement as a permanent member of the Shaffer family, Faust passed away in 2020 at the age of 13. 

k9 officer and his dog wearing sunglasses
To officer Shaffer, Faust was more than just a partner.

“The connection between Faust and me was unlike anything I’ve had with any other dog. He saw me at my best and my worst. He saw me laugh and cry. I spent more time with him than with my own family. We just had something special,” Shaffer said.

The impeccable work ethic that set the standard for everyone, his courage, bravery, enthusiasm, and happy spirit were some of the things that made Faust so special.

He was inducted into the We Ride to Provide (WRTP) Hall of Fame after his death, BNSF Railway recently posted on their Instagram.

Faust’s legacy will live on forever.

police officer embracing his dog sitting beside him

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