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Police remember fallen K-9 officer
The relationship between a man and his dog is often described with the cliche "man's best friend," but for Brunswick Police Officer Donald Babbin, the relationship he had with K-9 officer Max might better be described as "partners in crime."

The two had each other's backs.

After working with Max, a drug-detecting dog, for almost six years, Babbin formed a special bond with his partner that was unmatched.

Max died unexpectedly last week from kidney failure, and fellow officers, community leaders and family members gathered outside of the Brunswick Police Department Tuesday to honor the team's dedication and the dutiful dog.

"Anyone who knows them knows they had identical personalities and formed just a great bond as partners," said Brunswick Police Chief Tobe Green at the ceremony.

"(Max) had a 99 percent score on canine ability and throughout his tenure here. He detected over 100 pounds of marijuana, 90 pounds of cocaine, 200 ecstasy pills and even found two missing children."

Max also worked with the Glynn Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team and College of Coastal Georgia, as well as the Glynn County School System, and was responsible for the seizure of numerous automobiles, Green said.

For Babbin, Max was more than a K-9 officer assigned to his service.

"He was a good partner. He could sense things. He knew and I knew. We were in sync," Babbin said.

"He was protective of me and always ready to go when I needed him."

Babbin's family loved Max too. His young daughter, Isabella, would play with Max at home.

"I've had him for nearly six years and trained every week," Babbin said. "Then with the 12-hour shifts and living with him and caring for him, it really made us a good team."

Honoring Max's service was an emotional gesture shown by the community Tuesday, Babbin said.

"I'm so impressed and overwhelmed by all of the support shown here today," Babbin said. "He was so good at what he did."

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