Deputies and law enforcement officers from across Texas honored the life of a 5-year-old K-9 who was killed in the line of duty while trying to subdue a dangerous suspect.
A hearse carrying the cremated remains of k-9 deputy “Chucky” led a long funeral procession that began at the Alamodome on Monday morning.
Shortly after arriving at Community Bible Church for the memorial service, officers and several of Chucky’s k-9 colleagues took part in an honor walk in front of the church.
Chucky, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, was shot by 38-year-old Matthew Mireles on January 25 during a violent confrontation. Even after he was shot, Chucky tried to continue to subdue Mireles, who was shot several times by officers.
Deputy Kevin Rasmussen was Chucky’s handler, who spoke at the service. Chucky lived with Rasmussen’s family.
Rasmussen and his son, Joseph, spoke about their love for Chucky in touching eulogies.
Chucky’s ashes will be kept by the Rasmussen family.