Dozens of police officers bid a touching farewell to one of their K-9 officers who had been suffering from terminal cancer and had to be put down.
Officers from the Oviedo Police Department in Florida lined up in guard of honor for Nero, a six-year-old German Shepherd, as he was being taken to vets to be euthanized.
The procession featured more than a dozen police cars, with their lights flashing, as Nero was making his last steps with Officer David Capetillo on his way to the vet. The two had worked together for four years. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Officer David Capetillo, left, worked with Nero for Ovideo Police Department in Florida for four years.
2. Officer David Capetillo brought Nero, pictured, who was suffering from terminal cancer, on his final journey.
The flashing-light tribute is typically reserved for fallen officers.
Fellow officers with their K-9s waited for Officer Capetillo to arrive and held a guard of honor, as Nero walked by.
The Last Post was also played.
3. Fellow K-9 handlers held a guard of honor for Nero as he was led into the surgery for the last time.
4. The six-year-old German Shepherd had been with the Oviedo Police Department for the past four years.
5. An officer played The Last Post as Nero was led into the vet’s surgery for the last time.
The City of Oviedo issued a statement, which read:
It is with heavy hearts we report that one of our K-9 officers will be laid to rest today at 3pm. Recently, Nero was diagnosed with terminal cancer and for humane reasons will be laid to rest today.
Nero has been a part of the Oviedo Police Department for the past four years, and along with his handler, Officer David Capetillo, has been responsible for a number of drug detections, with tracking numerous criminal suspects, lost children and missing endangered adults.
Nero also performed at demonstrations in local schools.
6. Oviedo officers gather to honor K-9 with terminal cancer — a WESH 2 News report.
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