EXCLUSIVE: Canton K-9 officer talks about losing his partner, “If I could change places with him, I would”

CANTON – Canton Police Officer Ryan Davis says since his K-9 partner Jethro he feels as if part of him is missing.

“I still call his name,” Davis said, in an emotional interview with Fox 8 Tuesday afternoon.

Jethro died Sunday. He was shot three times by a suspect during a shootout early Saturday morning.

“There is no doubt in my mind that I am here because of what he did, “ said Davis.

The suspect in the shooting was shot in the leg and is recovering in a hospital. Once he is released he will face several charges, including shooting a police dog, and felonious assault. Davis, who served in the Marines, and has been on the force 19 years, says Saturday was one of the worst days of his life.

He stayed by Jethro’s side, as the German Shepherd fought for his life. “He was a fighter,” said Davis, who got Jethro when he was just 8 weeks old. A memorial service will be held Thursday at noon at the Canton Civic Center.

Officer Eric Stanbro, the head trainer at the Canton Police Department, said K-9s from all over the country are expected to attend.

“Jethro will be honored,” Stanbro said

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