LIFE

Hundreds Gather To Honor K-9 Cop Killed In The Line Of Duty

by Barbara Diamond
Barbara is a passionate writer and animal lover who has been professionally blogging for over 10 years and counting.

Police Officer Ryan Davis and his partner were investigating a break-in at a grocery store in Canton, OH. The instant Officer Davis heard gunshots, it was already too late. His partner was struck three times, leaving him critically wounded.

But Davis’ partner was a K-9 officer — a beautiful two-year-old German shepherd named Jethro. The Davis family got Jethro when he was just a puppy. Jethro quickly formed an incredible bond with the officer’s young daughter, and was able to switch between home and work life with ease and comfort.

“He was a fighter,” a devastated Davis told Fox8. “He fought extremely hard… there came a time at the hospital when the vet told me with that look that there was nothing else they could do. I just needed to let him go be in peace.”

On January 14, 2016, the Canton community came together to honor Jethro at a funeral service on what would have been his third birthday. Over 100 police dogs walked in procession to honor their fallen, four-legged comrade.

Scroll down to see how they honored this incredible hero…

H/T: CBS

Canton Police Officer Ryan Davis and his K9 partner, Jethro, were investigating a break-in when shots were fired. Jethro was critically wounded. He died in the hospital with Officer Davis by his side.

Canton Police Officer Ryan Davis and his K9 partner, Jethro, were investigating a break-in when shots were fired. Jethro was critically wounded. He died in the hospital with Officer Davis by his side.

Officer Davis says Jethro saved his life, and he would "trade places with him in a heartbeat."

Officer Davis says Jethro saved his life, and he would "trade places with him in a heartbeat."

Jethro wasn't just a K-9 hero. He was also a beloved part of the Davis family, who got Jethro at just 8-weeks-old. He remained loyal and protective to the end.

Jethro wasn't just a K-9 hero. He was also a beloved part of the Davis family, who got Jethro at just 8-weeks-old. He remained loyal and protective to the end.
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The funeral services, which included a procession of 100 fellow K9 officers, spared no expense. There was even a bright white flower arrangement in the shape of a dog bone proudly displayed atop Jethro's casket.

The funeral services, which included a procession of 100 fellow K9 officers, spared no expense. There was even a bright white flower arrangement in the shape of a dog bone proudly displayed atop Jethro's casket.
Screenshot / CBS

Jethro may be gone, but he is certainly not forgotten. Please SHARE his story with your friends on Facebook.

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