Police Dog Killed in Line of Duty to Be Buried in Special Coffin Bearing His Portrait | 22 Words

Not only are dogs a man's best friend, but they are also one of the most useful animals out there.

Dogs have proven to be loyal and trustworthy working colleagues, and many different work sectors use dogs to their full advantage.

But one police dog recently died in the line of duty, and the tribute his colleagues are paying to him is truly beautiful.

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Dogs are truly one of the most wonderful creatures on our planet...

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And it's not hard to see why.

They are the most loyal of companions...

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And having a dog in the household is the thing that can truly complete a family.

But believe it or not...

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Dogs can prove to be not only faithful companions, but they can also be extremely hard workers.

Dogs can apply for a whole range of jobs...

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But of course, a dog must start training from a puppy if they are to spend their lives working.

A dog's job opportunities can vary widely...

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A puppy can be trained to work as a service dog, which is a dog who works to serve and assist the disadvantaged or disabled - such as blind people, deaf people, or those who suffer from seizures.

Now, we all need a therapy dog every now and then...

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Dogs are known for their calm and soothing natures, and it has been scientifically proven that stroking a dog can lower anxiety and stress.

But the most popular sector for a dog to work in is the emergency services...

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Dogs are amazing animals to assist in emergencies, such as being used in the military to detect explosive devices or being used to help rescue people stranded on a mountain.

Police dogs are a vital part of the police force.

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All around the world, dogs are used to assist police officers in the line of duty.

Not only are they hard-working members of the team...

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They become loyal companions to the officers who handle them, and the majority of police dogs reside at home with their handlers.

But the tragic reality of working for the police force is that lives will be lost along the way...

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And this is sometimes the dogs who work bravely for the forces.

A police department in Utah suffered a tragic loss recently...

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Hondo, a K-9 police dog who worked for Herriman City’s Police Department, was shot on duty on February the 13th.

Officers were trying to apprehend a fugitive...

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But Hondo was shot in the sternum, and he passed away from his injuries at the age of 7.

He was considered to be one of the best K-9 dogs in Utah...

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And alongside his partner Sgt. Ben Ricks, he assisted in 100 felony arrests.

Losing an animal is like losing a member of the family...

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So we can only imagine the difficult times that the officers at Herriman PD are going through right now.

After Hondo passed away...

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The police department decided to do something special for the brave dog's funeral, so they contacted a Utah automotive body shop to create a special coffin... and of course, they were happy to help.

The garage usually works on motorcycles, but they were happy to help the regulars at Herriman PD...

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The guys at Rawtin Garage created a beautiful custom coffin for the dog, and it is amazing how they completed it in just twenty-four hours when they usually have a 2-month waiting period.

John Ward runs Rawtin Garage with his friend, Keith Eccles...

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Speaking to CNN, they said, "They asked if we could get something together since we have done work on their motorcycles before."

The guys at the garage worked super hard to make the coffin as perfect as possible...

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"We had a lot of pressure. I think the call came in Wednesday night. And they said [they were] bringing in a casket tomorrow morning. It’s hard work, but there’s an incredible sense of satisfaction," they explained.

John already had a good relationship with the police department...

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A lot of the officers have used the garage's services in the past for their motorcycles, so John and his team wanted to pay as much respect as possible to Hondo and his team.

Rest in Peace, Hondo.

Keith said, "In a weird way, it was kind of a spiritual experience. You feel like, by the time you’re done, you really got to know Hondo." Keep scrolling to learn about the police K-9 dog who died after he was left in a hot patrol car...