A memorial service for Canton Police K-9 Jethro, the first of the department’s dogs ever killed in the line of duty, drew hundreds from across the country.
Jethro was shot in killed in the line of duty over the weekend. Police said he was responding to a call of a burglary on Saturday, when he was shot multiple times. He died from his injuries on Sunday.
The city held a funeral for the German Shepherd Thursday at the Canton Civic Center, on what would have been Jethro’s third birthday.
“Jethro’s legacy is to remind us all is that bravery and devotion can travel on four legs, and that loyalty and love can be delivered by the playful nudge of a wet nose,” Mayor Thomas Bernabei said to those assembled.
K-9 officers from as far away as Virginia and the New York Police Department attended the service. More than 100 K9s from various departments walked in a five and a half minute long procession in front of those gathered.
Man. Truly heartbreaking stuff. Combining bagpipes and dogs will take me to waterworks city every time. Just 100+ pups gathered to pay their respects to a fellow officer killed in the line of duty.
As I post this my dog is sitting on the couch right next to me doing that head tilt things dogs do as he hears the dogs on the video. This whole situation sucks.
Heads up: You will cry while watching the video below
There’s a GoFundMe to raise money for K-9 bulletproof vests so what happened to Jethro can hopefully be avoided in the future