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8/20/04-Longview

K-9 Funeral For Marshall Narcotics Dog

A special memorial today for a fallen law enforcement officer, an officer who never wore a uniform to work. Full department honors were given to a K-9 officer named "Pedro." He was a 12 year old German shepherd who served the Marshall Police Department for seven years.

Captain John Best was Pedro's partner for seven years and saw Pedro honored numerous times for getting millions of dollars of drugs off the street. Captain Best believes the bond between trainer and K-9 can sometimes be stronger than our human bonds.

"They're with us eight to 12 hours a day on shift, they live with us at the house 24 hours a day, it's a bond other officers can't understand..When a canine falls, goes down, it really breaks the hearts of the handlers," says Best.

Pedro died of old-age related illness. He was laid to rest in Marshall's Airport Park.

A memorial marker there will now bear his years of service to the police department.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.

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