Hero police dog killed in line of duty to be buried in customised coffin

A police dog killed in the line of duty is to be given a full funeral service in a customised coffin bearing his image.

Hondo was shot while assisting officers attempting to bring down a fugitive and died shortly afterwards at a nearby vets.

And to honour the fallen dog, Herriman City's Police Department contacted a local garage to create a customised casket to lay him to rest.

John Ward, owner of Rawtin Garage, said: “They asked if we could get something together since we have done work on their motorcycles before.”

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The finished hand painted and airbrushed article included a portrait of Hondo wearing his police harness.

The garage later added on their Facebook page: “What an honour it was to paint a hero's casket.”

Hondo, a seven-year-old Belgian Malinois, was trained in Europe before starting his career with the K-9 unit in 2015.

Bosses at the department described Hondo and his handler, Sergeant Ben Ricks, as one of the top teams in the state.

During his career the heroic dog helped with more than 100 arrests tracked down several pounds of narcotics on the streets.

Police Chief Troy Carr previously held back tears while addressing reporters at a press conference February 14 when he announced his death.

He said at the time: “And his actions last night assured his loving friend and partner Ben would be able to return home to his wife, children and HPD family.”

A memorial service is being held later this week at a local high school.

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