published Friday, June 20th, 2014

Slain Walker County K9 memorialized

A giant American flag suspended from two fire trucks' ladders was set up to serve as a gateway for a police dog's funeral procession.
A giant American flag suspended from two fire trucks' ladders was set up to serve as a gateway for a police dog's funeral procession.
Tim Omarzu

Roughly 200 people attended an hour-long public memorial service today for a Walker County Sheriff's Office K9 shot to death June 13 as deputies were trying to serve felony warrants in Menlo, Ga.

K9 officers from across Georgia lined up in front of the Walker County Civic Center as Tanja's ashes were removed from a hearse while a lone bagpiper played.

"Many people will criticize us, and say it was just a K9," Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said afterward. "She was more than that."

Wilson said the service cost the department very little because of donations.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Tim Omarzu...

Tim Omarzu covers Catoosa and Walker counties for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California. Stories he's covered include crime in blighted parts of metro Detroit and Reno, Nev.; environmental activists tree-sitting in California's Sierra Nevada foothills; attempts by the Michigan Militia to take over a township┬╣s government in northern Michigan. A native of Michigan, ...

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