Roscoe, the Crowley police K-9 officer who was shot and killed during an overnight shooting last week, was honored on Wednesday in a special procession.
His handler officer, Tate Thibodeaux, was hospitalized in the shooting.
"On instinct, Roscoe acted and because of that he was able to save the life of several other officers who were able to go home to their families, so I think it's only right that we, and law enforcement as a whole, honor Roscoe and his life," said Charlie Hunter, chief investigator at the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office.
Roscoe had only been an officer for six months but for officer Tate Thibodeaux and the entire Crowley Police Department, Roscoe was special.
"This is a dog that was specially trained," said Crowley Police Department Chief Jimmy Broussard. "I mean, he was multi-purpose; he not only did narcotics, he was crowd control; he was building service, he was a protector."
The procession began around 10:30 a.m. at the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office where law enforcement officers from departments across the region -including Thibodeaux, Roscoe's handler, - gathered to escort Roscoe's body to the crematory.
"You just don't want to lose any officer -whether they be human or canine," said Broussard.
It's a partnership like no other and officers like Lake Charles Police Department's Sgt. Kevin Jones and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Deputy Adam Wentzel understand - as they're both part of their departments' K-9 units.
"They're always with you, 24/7; you build a bond with the dog you will never build with another human being; they'll give you 110 percent every single day, and they never call in sick - no ands, ifs, or buts," said Wentzel.
"You'll never forget him," said Jones speaking to officer Thibodeaux."I never forget mine," he added remembering when he had to put his canine partner down due to medical issues. "Something like this really tugs on your heartstrings."
"We'll remember him as someone full of life and full of energy who was ready to go ready to work, but ready to play if he needed to," said Broussard.
Memorial services for Roscoe will be held on Friday afternoon in Crowley.
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