A Montague police dog unit officer received a state award for his work in the department.
Officer James Ruddock received the Elks Enrique Camarena award for his work in the field of drug awareness and prevention.
The Massachusetts Elks Association presented Officer Ruddock the award Wednesday afternoon at the Montague Police Department.
Enrique Camarena was an 11-year veteran agent of the DEA who was kidnaped and brutally murdered in Mexico in 1985.
Officer Ruddock said it’s an honor to receive the award, but his furry four-legged partner deserves the credit.
“I owe everything to K9 Artie, as you can see he’s very happy too,” Officer James Ruddock said. “We’re a team and we work together and I definitely could not have done it without him.”
Officer Ruddock and K9 Artie have been working together for 4 years. K9 Artie has been used to sniff out drugs, find bodies, and track down criminals on the run.
Officer Ruddock was also a runner up for the Elks national Enrique Camarena award.