This is an amazing end to a beautiful story. If you are having a bad day or week, this feel-good story will definitely give you are warm, fuzzy feeling in your heart.
Officer Matthew Hickey and Ajax are best friends.
Officer Matthew Hickey, a police officer in Marietta, Ohio, worked with Ajax, a police K-9, everyday for the past three years. He told a news station that he thought of Ajax as one of his children. When Officer Hickey retired after 30 years of working with the police station, he wanted to buy Ajax so that Ajax could retire with him. However, there was a problem.
Ajax is considered property of the city. He wasn't at the retiring age yet — the city said that he probably had a few more years that he could work as a police dog. That meant that Ajax had to be sold at a public auction. Ajax was valued at $3,500. And people rallied around Officer Hickey and Ajax. A GoFundMe account was started to help Officer Hickey raise the money to buy Ajax and almost $50,000 was raised.
The great ending.
The police department and Officer Hickey worked a perfect solution. They allowed Officer Hickey to remain as an auxiliary officer, which means that he can keep Ajax.
"I kind of retired wanting to be a hermit and left alone because I worked the midnight shift since '96 and I was jaded, but now I am a changed man because of the support," Officer Ajax said.
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