SAN RAMON -- Dar the police dog had his day in the sun last week, honored by the San Ramon City Council for years of service to the city.

Dar, 12, is retiring after patrolling the city for more than a decade alongside Officer Marty Echelmeier. Dar, whose name means "gift," was brought to the U.S. from the Czech-Republic at age 2 and was purchased by the city with federal grant money.

Dar was singled out at a San Ramon City Council meeting at City Hall.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff