TROY, N.Y. - Troy Police Department sadly reported the death of their beloved police horse 'Big Ben' on Wednesday.
Troy Police Captain John Cooney says Ben passed away due to natural causes on Tuesday.
"Ben was a hugely popular figure while patrolling the streets of our city. Almost daily, Ben could be found tied up to the pole outside of Bruegger's Bagel Bakery on Congress Street as his partner squeezed in a meal break. Even when posted without his rider, people of all ages would approach to talk and pet this gentle giant," Cooney says.
Ben was a large horse standing 18 hands high (62 inches) at the shoulder. His head stood almost ten feet off the ground and his healthy weight was just short of 2,000 pounds.
During his career, Ben partnered in 79 arrests, the issuance of 1,470 citations and proudly represented the department at over 150 special events. His duties varied, ranging from Little League parade details to executive protection. Ben's partner was Sergeant Sam Carello.
Big Ben went on the road often, representing Troy PD in Washington D.C. at the National Peace Officers Law Enforcement Memorial.
"Ben was and will always be a trusted member of the City of Troy Police Department. Now reaching retirement in his own special way, he will be always missed, but never forgotten," Cooney says.