Police Dog Says Goodbye

Figo pays respects to his fallen handler in this touching photo that has swept the internet.

Posted: June 6, 2013, 1 p.m. EST

Officer Jason Ellis, with the Bardstown Police Department in Kentucky, was killed in a suspected ambush when he stopped to remove some debris from the road.

While his canine companion was not on duty with him at the time, his German Shepherd Dog, Figo, who worked with Ellis to find drugs and illegal substances, was there to pay his final respects. 

The photo of the touching interaction has swept the internet after being shared on reddit. It truly expresses the special bond of dog and man. 

Figo at the funeral of fallen officer Jason Ellis


Ellis was buried Thursday. The funeral service at Parkway Baptist Church, drew law enforcement from Chicago, Pennsylvania, Ohio and across Kentucky, including K-9 officers who brought their dogs.

Ellis was remembered as a family man, friend and a hero. Figo has been retired and will live with Ellis' family.


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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

1/20/2014 3:44:05 AM

I think we still have much to learn about the dog and person attachment and bond.

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Pat   Seabrook, New Hampshire

6/22/2013 1:13:53 PM

The loyalty of these dogs is incredible. Especially the GSD breed in general, they will forever be loyal, protective and trusting of their guardian. Such a wonderful breed and so intelligent. Very touching story and so happy he was retired and will live with his officer's family forever protecting them for the rest of his days.

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Lisa   Columbia, Maryland

6/10/2013 10:40:42 PM

It's amazing how your dog is so in tune with us. I am a Dog Trainer and my are so surprised when I show them how their dog reacts to their
God Bless Figo and all police enforcement.

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Jean   w.stewartstown, New Hampshire

6/8/2013 6:50:34 PM

I have never been so moved by such a moving showing of unconditional love that our animals give us. Whomever it was that said animals are dumb, is so wrong. The more I see animals the less I like humans.

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