Published: Feb 17, 2011 4:55 PM EST
Updated: Feb 17, 2011 2:14 PM EST

FORT MYERS- The Fort Myers Police Department announced the adoption of two new police K9s to the force on Thursday. The German Shepherds’ duties will include patrol and narcotics detection.

“Euro” is 21-months old and “Thor” is three years old. Both dogs are from Germany. The department purchased them with grant money, donations from the community and money from a fundraiser. They replace two beloved colleagues.

On September 7, 2010 officers responded to a robbery at a fast food restaurant. The suspects were armed with handguns. As officers pursued them, the criminals shot and killed K9 Rosco and ran over K9 Axe with their getaway vehicle.

K9 Rosco was given a full honors memorial and K9 Axe was forced into retirement from his injuries. The K9 partners, as trained, were courageous in the face of danger and protected the lives of their handlers.

Chief Doug Baker says the K9s are great assets to the agency and the community. “Not only do they offer a keen sense of sight, sound, smell and speed; there is a companionship and emotional attachment that makes them excellent police partners and family members," Baker said.  "We can’t thank the community enough for the support we’ve received over the past several months.”

Euro and Thor will be at police headquarters located at 2210 Widman Way at 3:00 p.m. Thursday.