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Berrien County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Crosby stands alongside his K-9 partner, Blek.

ST. JOSEPH — Berrien County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Crosby and his K-9 partner Blek (pronounced Blue) were recently honored by their peers from all over the nation.

The pair received an Exceptional Service Award from the North American Police Work Dog Association at the organization’s national workshop in Broken Arrow, Okla.