It is with regret that we announce the passing of Oneida County Sheriff’s Office K9 Cero, (Retired recently). K9 Cero was Deputy Jason Osika's long time partner that was well trained in patrol work as well as explosive detection.

Over the course of his career, K9 Cero and Deputy Osika assisted with hundreds of explosive sweeps for this agency as well as other agencies that requested his assistance. Cero was a key part of the security plans for some of our area’s major events such as the Boilermaker Road Race, America’s Greatest Heart Run, and the Ride for Missing & Exploited Children. K9 Cero was also an exceptional tracking canine and along with Deputy Osika, the team located several lost children, elderly people, hunters, and criminal suspects actively fleeing crime scenes.

Deputy Osika and K9 Cero were partners for almost 10 years and he will be greatly missed by Deputy Osika & his family along with the members of the Sheriff’s Office.