A community-wide procession and memorial is set for this morning at the Community Bible Church on the northeast side in honor of Chucky, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office K-9 deputy who was shot to death by a violence suspect in northwest Bexar County last weekend, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
The service will include a police procession similar to what is held for a human law officer. And that is because Even Anderson with the National Police Dogs Foundation says, more and more, four legged officers are major part of police work.
"Besides the patrol capabilities, they have the detection capabilities for narcotics, bombs, cadaver, search and rescue," he said.
He says those capabilities are being increasingly used to snifff out everything from drugs to bombs. Anderson says dogs are now critical for everything from the Customs Service at the border to TSA security at airports.
"They can apprehend dangerous suspects without fatal force," he said. "They can search an area or a building in a matter of minutes."
Chuckie was attempting to take down a man who had been firing at deputies in a pursuit which began in Karnes City and ended in the Alamo Ranch area northwest of San Antonio. Chuckie managed to bite the suspect, who then turned his gun and Chucky and killed the dog with one shot.
IMAGE: BEXAR COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE