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The Ohio Statehouse honors a fallen police dog
The Canton K-9 killed over the weekend is remembered in Columbus

Jo Ingles
Jethro and his handler, Canton police officer Ryan Davis. Jethro died after being shot this weekend when officers responded to a breakin.
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The flags are at half-staff at the Statehouse today. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles explains why.

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Gov. John Kasich has ordered the flags lowered in honor of Canton Police K-9 Jethro, who died last weekend because of gunshot wounds he suffered during a robbery investigation. Luke Stedke with the Ohio Statehouse says flying the flags half-staff is a good way to call attention to the importance of Jethro and other police K-9’s.

“These are service animals and they are serving in line as law-enforcement officers.”

This isn’t the first time flags have flown half-staff in honor of police dogs. Just last fall, the flags were lowered to honor Falko, a police dog from Toledo who was shot and killed while chasing a suspect. 

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