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Tearful Memorial For Polk Police Dog

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

The Polk County community gathered at Stearns Park in Columbus to pay respects to a special crime fighter.

A procession including local law enforcement vehicles led to the memorial service for police dog Trixie.

The dog died suddenly of cancer earlier this month.

"I know to  many people around, she may have been just a dog." said Chaplain Chris Osborn. "But to the Polk County Sheriff's Department she was one of our deputies."

Deputy Ronnie Russell hopes the ceremony gives him closure after an emotional loss that left him crying in his vehicle for an hour and a half.

After the ceremony, there was a long line of people to wish Russell well.

By John Le
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Tearful Memorial For Polk Police Dog

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