Canton officer posts heartbreaking poem in memory of Jethro

CANTON, Ohio -- Following K9 Jethro's death, a Canton police officer shared a heartbreaking poem in memory of the fallen K9.

The poem, "The Life of a Police Dog," tells the story of a K9 who sacrifices its life for a fellow officer.

Jethro, a Canton Police Department K9, died Sunday after being shot in the line of duty. 

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The poem was originally posted by Canton police officer Frank Ranalli, according to a Facebook post from the Massillon Police Department.

"The Life Of A Police Dog"

"You brought me home
One sunny day
With you for years
I would surely stay."

"I met your pack
Children and wife
I began to love
My new-found life."

"I slept on your couch
At the foot of your bed
You looked at me lovingly
While petting my head."

"We trained for months
And our bonding grew
We were both partners
Buddies in Blue."

"We did school demo's
And I never did wrong
Over all of the years
My love for you grew strong."

"How I loved to work
To stand up and bark
In the back of our car
From light until dark."

"We went call to call
Having fun all the way
Until the call came
On that one fateful day."

"A man with a gun
The dispatcher did say
I jumped from my car
When it pointed your way."

"Before leaving home I was told
"keep him safe" by your wife
I knew at that moment
For you I would give my life."

"The bullet struck hard
Steady and true
The bullet struck me instead
Of striking you."

"When you go home tonight
Tell your wife I did good
Strong, Tall and Proud 
On the ground that I stood."

"I'm dead and gone now 
This much is true
But I've done my job well
Of protecting you."

"Thank you
Loyal partner,
Faithful friend,
You will be greatly missed."

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