SEATTLE — Earlier this month the US Coastguard lost a treasured member of their K9 team. His name was Crema and together with his handler Chief Petty Officer Billy Porter he worked diligently to keep the country safe from the threat of terrorism.
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Crema, a Yellow Labrador, was a highly trained explosives detection dog, and the pair were often found working at the ferry docks doing security checks to keep the country safe. In their four years together Crema and Chief Petty Officer Porter embarked on 120 detection missions, and were present for the three Presidential visits to Seattle. They were inseparable, a true team whose efforts deserved to be honored.
Crema passed away during an operation to remove a tumor, leaving his partner devastated. In a touching memorial and commendation ceremony, K9 officers from Puget Sound, and officers from the surrounded area, attended to honor the fallen canine hero. The images and story first told shared by Komo News, show the touching tribute at which Chief Porter was given a Commendation Medal and American flag. He gripped the box of his loyal partners ashes throughout the ceremony. At its end, Officer Porter and his family boarded a boat and headed out to sea to sprinkle Crema’s ashes.
Crema, and many dogs like him, are finally receiving the recognition and respect they deserve after they pass away. Service dogs work tirelessly to keep us all safe and these ceremonies are the ultimate expression of gratitude, appreciation. They also allow for the handlers to eulogize, express their grief, and honor their fallen partner,
Crema may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.
Via Komo News