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Retired Lexington mounted police officer remembers longtime partner

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Posted at 5:45 AM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 05:45:04-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — When Officer Marty Parks retired from the Lexington Police Department in 2017, so did his partner: Nomar.

The two had worked together for over 15 years and Parks said it was time for Nomar to "just be a horse."

But after battling health issues, Nomar recently died.

"The things that help me get through it or deal with it is I think about all the good times that we had," he said.

The memories of their time together are a constant for Parks, who now works as a school resource officer at Henry Clay High School.

Pictures of Officer Parks and Nomar hang on the walls next to his desk.

"You had to build that bond where the horse would trust you not to get him hurt," Parks said.

Over the years they worked countless events, like the time they worked security for Queen Elizabeth at the Kentucky Derby, Parks said.

They competed against other mounted police officers from across the country and even starred in dance challenge video.

"You have to get a horse to trust you," Parks said, "and you get a horse to trust you, they’ll do anything for you."