Monument for Jethro and other Stark County K9s

My buddy, Jethro, taken less than a week before he was killed in the line of duty.
My buddy, Jethro, taken less than a week before he was killed in the line of duty.

The Canton Repository is reporting on a new memorial that has been erected in front of the Stark County Courthouse to honor K9s killed in action. Jethro, the dog who died after being shot by a grocery store burglar in January, 2016, is one of two dogs whose names are “engraved and gilded in 23-karat gold leaf on a jet-black tablet with a gray granite base,” said Philip Lago, the monument designer.

Luko is the second dog whose name is already inscribed on the monument. He was hit by a car close to the same spot where Jethro was killed, back in February, 1998.

The Canton Police Patrolmen’s Association sponsored the project, along with the Fraternal Order of Police McKinley Lodge No. 2. The $20,000 cost is being paid for by the sale of engraved bricks to pave the area surrounding the monument. Officers have sold 100 of the $60 bricks and need to sell more. Corporations may also purchase double-sized bricks for $500. If you’re interested, you can contact the Canton Police Department for a donation form.

Several area companies donated or did work on the monument at cost. The police officers would like to thank Lang Monument, Belden Brick, Hilscher-Clarke, and Furbay Electric.

The memorial will be dedicated at noon on Friday (May 5th). I’ll try to attend and take pictures for you.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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