Members of the Stephen’s County Sheriff’s Office and others in law enforcement gathered Wednesday for a memorial for one of their own.
The service at the Stephen’s County Fairgrounds Arena in Duncan was to say goodbye to the county’s 3-year-old K-9 Tuco.
Sheriff Wayne McKinney says the K-9 deputy died following an accident that happened as he and his handler deputy Matthew Brown were responding to a call.
Sheriff McKinney said he had an immediate connection with the German shepherd.
“Tuco was an extremely valuable asset to us, he was a dedicated, loyal canine deputy,” McKinney said. “The animal served the people of Stephens County, served and protected his handler we mourn his loss, but we will get through this.”
Tuco joined the sheriff’s office in Jan. 2016.
Tuco was from the Netherlands, and McKinney said they will eventually get another K-9, but it will take time for the deputies and staff to recover from the loss of the beloved Tuco.