Figo, a police dog, reached his paw up to touch the casket which held his master, K-9 Officer Jason Ellis, at the Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown, Kentucky, on Thursday. The loyal dog’s mournful posture and apparent grief at the loss of his human partner revealed the bond between a man and his dog that transcends death.
"Figo was almost giving him that final hug goodbye. I think that picture brought more tears than anything," Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin told the Daily News.
Officer Jason Ellis, 33, was killed on May 25. while driving home still in his uniform. He pulled over to pick up debris on the roadside and is believed to have been ambushed. He was found on an exit ramp with a bullet wound and little evidence leading to a suspect. Figo, who was in the car, saw his K-9 trainer die.
For the past few years, Officer Jason Ellis and his K-9 partner have been working together to reduce the drug problems in Bardstown, Kentucky, Chief of Police Rick McCubbin told the Daily News. Ellis was the department’s only K-9 officer.
"Ellis knew that Figo was a great partner," McCubbin said. "When you are a canine cop you have one of the best partners in the world. He had the dog for several years and his boys basically grew up with Figo around."
McCubbin retired Figo from service Friday so he could live with Ellis' family, providing the young boys a connection with their father, the Daily News reports..