Retiring K-9 officer honored with first pitch

It's Spring Training's Final weekend, and this year was one for the record books.

On Friday, there was a reminder of all the behind the scenes work that it takes to make Spring Training a success.

An officer that has worked more than 200 Spring Training Games announced his retirement and threw out the first pitch for Friday's game.

Buka is an expert in bomb sniffing and bad-guy chasing. He's a K-9 veteran in the Goodyear Police Department and received a unique honor.

He delivered the first pitch at Friday's game between the Cleveland Indians and the Milwaukee Brewers.

"I have had the dog for almost eight years, (he's) a Belgian Malinois imported from Europe, I became a handler as he became a canine officer," said Officer Michael Miller, Buka's partner.

It's a big day for Buka who announced his retirement after a distinguished career.

"The dog has been on multiple missions, worked 200+ bomb sweeps for Presidents, the Super Bowl, GOP convention, World Baseball Classic, and all the criminals trying to hide from police," said Miller.

The crowd rose as Mike and Buka made their way to the pitcher's mound to throw out the first pitch, as only a K-9 can. 

It was a spitball dipped into the dirt, in front of home plate. Let's call it a strike.

Afterwards, Buka relaxed, but Officer Miller has got to go back to work.

"I am sort of jealous of him; I have seven more years to go, when I go to work and see him laying around I say 'thanks, Buka'," he said.

Buka will officially leave the Goodyear Police force in July. Per regulations, Officer Miller was able to buy Buka from the department for $1. He will move in with the Miller family. We're told that Buka enjoys swimming in the family swimming pool.
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