The first NYPD K-9 to have previously served in military combat overseas has succumbed to a fight with cancer after a solemn ceremony in which the animal and his NYPD handler walked through a gauntlet of other K-9 units.

According to the Daily News, Caesar's handler—Officer Juan Rodriguez—walked Caesar over to the FDR Drive for a final peek at the East River before bringing the dog inside Animal Medical Center for the end of his tour of duty.

In 2014, K-9 Caesar joined the NYPD after serving three tours of military service in Afghanistan.