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Police Dog Laid to Rest with Honors for Serving and Protecting

Our bond with pets is so emotional that it can be devastating to lose one. But when a police dog is laid to rest the entire law enforcement community pays tribute as it would to a fallen officer.

One-by-one Winnebago County Sheriff’s Officers line up to salute and say their final good-byes to Tex.

Tex was a police dog who wasn't just his handler's best friend, but the communities. Winnebago County Sheriff's Department Senior Deputy Eric Pearson says his partner police dog Tex was sick and had to be put down.

"When I found out they were going to do it. I thought that he deserved to have respects shown for his contributions and what he did for the community," said Sr. Deputy Pearson.

Police officers who serve as K-9 handlers can choose to have ceremonies in private or public.

According to Illinois State Police the dogs are considered a member of the law enforcement community and a partner to the officer they work with.

"They decided to have a procession that lead from my house to the Vet and then they also had Deputies that came in on their own time to pay their final respects to Tex," explained Sr. Deputy Pearson.

Tex was one of the three police dogs recently retired from the Sheriff's Department. Winnebago County now works with other local agencies like Loves Park and Rockford to assist them when K-9 Units are needed.

"We retired one dog some time ago from the patrol. And then in January of this year we retired the corrections dog and the patrol dog that remained," said Winnebago County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Kurt Ditzler.

Tex served Winnebago County for 6 ½ years. He was trained in narcotics detection and searches. Tex was laid to rest with top honors for keeping our streets a little safer.
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