Boy’s Touching Letter Shares Our Love For K9 Member Who Died In Line

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
The death of a beloved K9 officer during a shootout on Christmas eve brought a young boy to tears and he wrote a now-viral letter sending the dog’s handler his condolences.

On Christmas Eve, a three-year-old K9 officer with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office died in a shootout. Cigo died a hero, saving the lives of two deputies, and possibly countless others at the Wellington Green Mall. He was deployed to chase after an armed suspect and the suspect turned and shot at him several times. He died from his injuries and condolences about his loss spread over the community. The video of Cigo returning from an ambulance also went viral, as his fellow officers lined on both sides with salutes.

This is who lost his life last night protecting others. We mourn the loss of this hero and we are so grateful for his service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace

Posted by PBSO – Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, December 25, 2018

As we continue to mourn the loss of our brave and selfless K9 Partner Cigo, funeral arrangements are forthcoming. We will notify you when and where it will take place. We thank you for your continued support and prayers.

Posted by PBSO – Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, December 27, 2018

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But one very special and poignant letter came from a young boy identified as Cooper. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office posted the letter, which was addressed to Cigo’s handler, Deputy Ryan. Also included in the post was a little backstory from Cooper’s mother.

“Cooper had all the questions last night after the local news. He wanted to know why someone would kill his dog when…

Posted by PBSO – Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, December 27, 2018

She said that when her son learned that Cigo died at the Wellington Green Mall, he was heartbroken and cried. He told his mom that he felt bad for Deputy Ryan because he thought losing Cigo was like Deputy Ryan losing his buddy. Feeling especially sad that it was Christmas and Deputy Ryan was without his buddy, Cooper’s mother said he woke up the next morning and decided to write a letter sending his very sincere condolences.

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Cooper’s mom said he just didn’t understand why someone would shoot a dog who was just trying to protect his buddy. We don’t understand it either, Cooper.

The Sheriff’s Office said they showed Deputy Ryan the letter and he was very moved. The department shared many videos that show the obvious love the entire force had for such a brave boy.

As do we all.

RIP K9 Cigo

Posted by PBSO – Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Monday, December 24, 2018

Cigo had a full police funeral procession that took him to Palm West Funeral Home until his Memorial Service. The Memorial Service will be held January 10, 2019.

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