A large crowd joined law enforcement officers and first responders who stages a convoy up Loop 281 to the Community Bible Church for a memorial service for Chucky, the Bexar County Sheriff's K-9 who was shot to death while taking down a violent suspect on the northwest side ten days ago, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Law officers with their lights flashing were greeted by citizens standing with their hands over their hearts and holding American flags in honor of Chucky.
Joe Rasmussun, the son of the deputy who was Chucky's handler delivered one of the eulogies to the dog he knew well.
"I forgive the guy who took Chucky from me, but Chucky will never be forgotten," he said. "Chucky was truly my best friend."
Some people brought their own dogs to the event, and several law enforcemnt K-9's from around the state gathered for the memorial service.
"Because of the love my dad has for Chucky, and the facvt that Chucky is so awesome, I can't wait to join K-9 SWAT, and have a K-9 partner just like Chucky," Joe said.
Chucky was hailed as a hero for taking down Matthew Mireles, an ex con who had been shooting at officers during a desperate pursuit from Karnes City all the way to horthwest Bexar County. Mireles shot Chucky to death before Mireles was shot several times. He is facing multiple charges, including attempted capital murder of a police officer.
"Our city is a great place much like heroes like Chucky," the parishioners were told. "Our city is a great place because of fires responders and military personnel, and we just want to say thank you."
PHOTO: A convoy of law enforcement vehicles heads up 281 toward the memorial service for Chucky