Sergeant Collin Chetty, and his trusty partner, Ghost, were praised after the stumbled upon the body of little Miguel Louw.
Chetty, who is part of the K9 unit, and his dog were the ones to find Louw, who had been missing since July.
However, the veteran cop said it was his four-legged friend who is the real hero. Chetty and Ghost were out searching for robbers in Phoenix when the dog took him to the decomposing remains of the little boy.
According to Truth and Justice Continue's Facebook page, both Chetty and Ghost were honoured the community at the same spot were Louw was buried in a shallow grave.
Pastor Mervin Reddy said: “This is the gentleman together with his dog who protect the streets of Phoenix each and every day without hesitation.”
TimesLIVE reported Chetty said he and Ghost always bring people back home, whether dead or alive. And, Briefly.co.za learned it was not the first time the duo found a missing child.
Three-years-ago, it was Chetty and Ghost who found Shahiel Sewpujan, who was murdered by his aunt and grandma in Clayfield.
According to reports, Chetty and Ghost found Louw's body near the house of Mohamed Vahed Ebrahim, who was accused of kidnapping, and allegedly murdering, the young boy.
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