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ATF K9 team retiring together in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -- An ATF and K9 Chesterfield Fire and EMS team is retiring together today in the county. We take a look back at all the changes and justice this team brought to the area.

Lt. Rollston and his ATF dog, Hero, are spending the last few hours together on the job. But, it does not mean they are saying goodbye forever.

Hero and Lt. . Bobby Rollston are inseparable. Literally. Twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, the two are together.

"Just that bond is built by being together and working with your K9. It's as strong of a bond as you can build," says Lt. Rollston.  

They even train for two hours everyday and they go to work together, whether it's checking out a big fire like the one in Chesterfield from earlier this month, or some other call.

"The joke is the smart member of the team is at the lower end of the leash. A lot of times, that's true," says Lt. Rollston.

Hero's always using his number one tool, looking for evidence to solve the crime. "Brought people to justice and made some good arrests. What they can do in 15 to 20 minutes would take us hours, if not days to do by hand," says Lt. Rollston.  

The ATF team is responsible for traveling hundreds of miles in the Commonwealth, to do the same thing. Now he'll get a break and so too will Lt. Rollston. After 30 plus years, he too is saying goodbye today.

But this team isn't saying goodbye to each other. "That'll make it a little easier, having him around all the time!" Side, by side.

Hero's replacements are already on the job. In the City of Richmond you have one team including Ellie. Then, up in Hanover County, you have another team, including Hap. Both dogs will work together to continue to fight crime in our area.

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