One local K9 hero triumphed over 120 K9 officer teams this week to earn the title of 2015 Narcotics Champion.

Racine County Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Ruffalo and his partner, K9 Nitro, participated in a narcotics detection challenge while attending the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Canine Handlers Association conference this week in Green Bay.

“This is a pretty honorable award. We are very proud of the team. This is the second year in a row that a Racine area K-9 team has won the award,” a post on the Racine Police K-9 Unit Facebook page reads. “This shows true dedication to narcotics training by our area K-9 teams.”

The 2014 champion is also local; Officer Nicole Knierim and K9 Brutus from the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

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