Burlington Police Cpl. Trent Martin and his late canine partner, Capone, who passed away in April, joined a small group of elite Vermont police dogs and their handlers Friday when they were elected to Vermont Police Canine Hall of Fame.
Capone, a German shepherd, was donated to the department in 2008 and worked for 11 years with Martin. The duo won Vermont Police Canine Team of the Year four times.
Among their achievements was saving the life of a potential suicide victim in 2011, for which they were received an award. In 2008, they located crucial evidence leading to the conviction of a violent sexual assault suspect who received a sentence of over 20 years
Martin and Capone were also involved in the community, conducting numerous demonstrations in schools, at festivals, for news outlets and at other public events.
Martin is secretary of the Vermont Police Canine Association and a member of the Vermont Police K-9 Committee.
Capone passed away in April, shortly after retirement. Martin carried his ashes with him when he received their award.