CANTON, Ohio — On January 14, hundreds of police officers from around the United States come to Canton, Ohio, to honor a fallen K-9,Jethro, after he lost his life protecting his human partner.
Not only was he a devoted K-9, he was also a family dog. Officer Ryan Davis and his family got Jethro when he was only eight weeks old. Since then the two have been together day and night.
It was early on January 9 when Davis and Jethro were responding to an alarm at a local grocery store. Suddenly, as they walked the aisles, shots were fired and Jethro was hit in three places.
“There is no doubt in my mind that I am here because of what he did,” Davis told FOX 8.
Everyone at the Canton Ohio Police Department hoped that Jethro would pull through but on January 10 he passed away.
The Canton Ohio Police Department announced the sad news on their Facebook page, “It is with heavy hearts that we must tell you all that we lost Jethro. He took a sudden turn for the worse and has passed.”
To honor and celebrate the life of the beloved K-9, hundreds of police officers from around the United States filled the Canton Civic Center. The event was broadcast live on the internet for those who couldn’t make it.
It also happened to be Jethro’s third birthday.
Since his death, a GoFundMe account was created to help the Canton Police Department purchase doggy bulletproof vests for their K-9s.
For now, Davis is still trying to move forward with his life without Jethro.
“I would trade places with him in a heartbeat,” David told CBS News.
“Absolutely, because I wouldn’t have to sit here and suffer over the loss of him. He’s left a hole that will never be filled. He gave his life for me.”
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