In Plymouth, Massachusetts, police officers stood by and saluted Kaiser, a police dog, as his handler Jamie LeBretton walked him into Court Street Animal Hospital.
The cops were all there to support their fellow officers.
Less than a week ago, it was announced that Kaiser was retiring from the force and also would be put to sleep because he was suffering from severe liver and kidney disease.
"I could not have asked for a better partner or friend. May you rest easy and wait for me at that sacred bridge. I will be there my friend. I will never forget you or our accomplishments. You made me a better person, a better handler, and a better cop. Till we meet again Kai. I love you and will miss you daily."
Excuse us a second… we have something in our eye.
LeBretton and Kaiser were paired up back in 2011, and had grown closer over the past two years.
They were partners, friends and family.
LeBretton continued, thanking his fellow officers for their support in this tough time, saying:
"Never in my career have I ever been so proud. You outdid yourselves today. I could not have asked for a better send-off. Kaiser truly was part of the department and loved being a police dog. My fellow K-9 handlers, you are a cut above and showed everyone what being a handler is all about … our pups.
I feel privileged to have had a front row seat to witness his bravery and heroic actions while serving the people of Plymouth and my brothers and sisters in blue. Although his career was short-lived, he made a huge impact that will never be forgotten."
We're so glad that LeBretton had so many friends and colleagues there to support him as he laid his best friend to rest.
RIP - Kaiser
[Image via Plymouth Police Working Dog Foundation.]
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