A South Carolina police department held funeral services for one of its most beloved members on Wednesday morning.
The Bennettsville Police Department laid K-9 Officer Tank to rest after his partner accidentally left him in the car outside the police department on Monday. Tank, a black labrador retriever, died at the veterinarian's office on Tuesday.
Bennettsville Police Chief Larry McNeil gave the eulogy at the funeral. Tank’s partner has been placed on administrative leave.
"Difficult and heart-wrenching in a sense because it's never expected,
McNeil said. "This untimely death of Tank is one that's going to stay with the department. He won't be forgotten. [Tank] never realized the job he performed for us and the community was probably one of the most dangerous jobs that anybody would want to have.”
According to McNeil, Tank’s partner thought he was only going to be in the office for a short period of time so he left the dog in the car. He says that the officer is grief-stricken, Carolina Live reported.
"I don't think people realize how much and how it's going to affect his partner," McNeil said. "And how it's going to affect that family because when you're with someone for 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, just about everyday, it has an impact on your life after. And we realize that with Tank's partner I don't think anybody would be more hurt right now than he and his family."
McNeil said the officer will not be a part of the K-9 Unit again.
The Humane Society of Marlboro County issued this statement about Tank’s death: "It's been brought to the attention of the Marlboro County Humane Society. Very tragic loss. And until the investigation is complete and we have all the details, we can't take a position.”