This short video shows Kelontre Barefield’s arraignment hearing. I’m laughing because he keeps checking to make sure the dog isn’t coming at him. I guess K-9s are a little scarier when you can’t hide behind your gun.
When we finally got inside the Civic Center, the floor area was set up for law enforcement only, while us commoners were asked to sit in the stands. I’m guessing there were well over 200 officers and at least as many non-law enforcement people there to pay their respects.
Playing on a large screen on the stage was a montage of photos and videos of Jethro with his handler Officer Ryan Davis and the entire Davis family. The other dog you might see in some of these photos is Armin, Ryan’s partner before Jethro. In the background, you can hear them playing the song “All Gave Some; Some Gave All”.
When we first left the parking deck at the Canton Civic Center, which is across the street from the Player’s Guild, we passed a large group of people from the Ohio Patriot Guard Riders. They were all standing outside on this cold morning, holding American flags, in honor of Jethro.
We had arrived at the funeral about 40 minutes before the doors were to be opened, standing in line with hundreds of others.
Police car after police car rolled into the lot. One woman was asking those of us standing in line to sign a poster demanding “Justice for Jethro”.
A mounted guard rode up and stood in formation for awhile.
I attended Jethro’s funeral this morning and will be working throughout the afternoon to clean up the photos and videos I took so I can post them. For now, here is the program from the VERY moving service.
The world seems just a little less bright today. We lost one of the good guys.
I just returned from the ER vet, where everyone is still pretty shell-shocked. When I saw Jethro last night, his breathing was very labored. It was apparent he was fighting as hard as he could. By this morning, he was so tired, he could no longer fight. He fell asleep and stopped breathing. Our prayers go out to Officer Ryan Davis and his family, as well as to the whole Canton PD and Police K-9 Association.
Ryan is in awe of the support he and Jethro have received. The waiting room at the vet is full of officers and their families, all who have come to show their support to the Davis family.
Even though we have surpassed our original goal, we will continue to take memorial donations on GoFundMe. I will be meeting with Canton PD and the Police K-9 Association soon to decide on the most effective way to use your more than generous donations. I’ll keep you posted both here, and on Go Fund Me.
I’ll post funeral arrangements when they become known.
Rest in peace, Jethro. You did a good job. Others will stand the watch from here.
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog
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