Slain Walker County K9 memorialized

Slain Walker County K9 memorialized

June 20th, 2014 by Tim Omarzu in Local - Breaking News

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.

Photo by 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.