After an admirable 20-year career defending community members and visitors, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jim Lytle retired on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Lytle’s German shepherd and colleague, Beck, served the department as a K-9 unit, and will retire alongside his human companion.
Beck is not Lytle’s first K-9. He follows Flesch, a fellow K-9 who retired during his birthday celebration on June 14, 2019. Beck received his handler protection certification that month, after being certified in narcotic detection and tracking in May. Lytle became a certified K-9 instructor and trainer at about the same time.
Beck had reached the United States from Germany at a young age, eventually receiving training from the Rocky Mountain Canine Academy, headquartered in Black Hawk, Colorado. He has been popular throughout the course of his career, having appeared frequently on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page when he was not busy sniffing out crime in the county.
Lytle and Beck will spend their retirement at home, together in their everyday life, just as they have been in the office and elsewhere for the past three and a half years.