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End of Watch for canine deputy

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Known for hurling himself into harm’s way and showing off his training for the county’s children, K-9 Deputy Taz served with honor and distinction.

Last week, after more than nine years of service with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Taz died after a brief illness.

Taz was a dual certified K-9 deputy, assisting in both apprehension and narcotic detection.

Along with his handler, Cpl. Willie “Pete” Barnes, he was responsible for the apprehension of multiple fleeing felons; locating lost and endangered children and numerous narcotic and asset seizure cases of currency, vehicles and weapons during his tenure.