Man’s best friend

Fido rests his paw on the casket of Jason Ellis in Bardstown, Ky., May 30, 2013. (Jonathan Palmer)

Fido rests his paw on the casket of Jason Ellis in Bardstown, Ky., May 30, 2013. (Jonathan Palmer)

In Kentucky, a community mourns over the loss of Jason Ellis, a 33 year old police officer who was gunned down in an ambush last month. More than 1,000 people showed up at the funeral to pay their respects. One mourner who stood out was Fido, Ellis’ police dog, who is pictured placing  his paw on the casket.

Fido was not with Jason when the shooting happened – he was picking up debris off of an exit ramp on the interstate. His murder is unsolved. The Chief of police, Rick McCubbin, has vowed to hunt down the killer, saying “…you need to know this chief will not stand down. Jason, my friend, rest easy. We’ve got it from here.”

Sixty police dogs attended the ceremony, and they could be heard barking the guards’ 21-gun salute. Jason is survived by his wife and two young sons.

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