CANTON, Ohio-- The Stark County Honor Guards remembered officers and K-9s who made the ultimate sacrifice Friday afternoon.
The annual ceremony was held at the Stark County Court House. It's also the site of a new memorial dedicated to police dogs killed in the line of duty, including Canton K-9 Jethro. The 3-year-old German shepherd was shot during a break-in at a grocery in January 2016 and died the following day.
Representatives from the Stark County Sheriff's Office, Canton Police Department and Massillon Police Department read the roll and placed flowers at the memorial.
"We as human beings have a sense of self-preservation. We have a sixth sense of danger... We as human beings train that out of the dogs," said Officer Eric Stanbro, K-9 trainer. "Get the job done at any cost. Because of that we owe them a good life. We owe them an easy retirement. And we owe those dogs a death with dignity."