HAMPTON -- An important member of the Hampton Police Department recently passed away.
Astor, a 9-year-old German Shepherd, was an active working dog assigned to the midnight shift with his handler Mark Birdsong.
The K-9 served the citizens of Hampton from 2006-2014.
His specialties were patrol and narcotics. He assisted with the apprehension and conviction of numerous felony and misdemeanor cases.
Astor also assisted with several other localities, including State Police and the US Coast Guard, in locating illegal narcotics.
The K-9 also helped with demonstrations involving children and school functions.
According to Master Handler Tom Hendrickson, “Astor was not only a 110 percent partner to Birdsong, he was also a beloved member of the Birdsong family. He will be truly missed."