Better East Texas: Funeral for K-9 officer was appropriate

Better East Texas: Funeral for K-9 officer was appropriate

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - It was hard to miss the coverage on the shooting of the K-9 officer Ogar last week and subsequent manhunt for the alleged shooter.

It spanned several days and disrupted a lot of lives until the suspect was arrested in the Dallas area. And then the memorial ceremony for Ogar took place.

There was some feedback on social media on the appropriateness of having a memorial service for the slain canine. This was a stirring time for the officers involved and it was definitely appropriate.

Memorial services are for the living and this ceremony was impactful.

It was a time for law enforcement to come together to remind everyone of the serious nature of the job they undertake. This particular case could have easily been a human law enforcement officer injured or killed since it appears the accused was ready and accurate with his firearm. A ceremony like this is also a time for the community to come and recognize the importance of the lives of all officers – two-legged and four-legged.

So should it have been done in a church? It really doesn't matter one way or another. What is important is that those individuals that are involved in law enforcement needed it and it will make them even more resolved when faced with an element of danger in the future.

So the location is ultimately irrelevant. What is relevant is that they came together to remember one that had fallen and that will make for united group of civil servants and, in the end, a Better East Texas.

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