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Thousands attend K-9 memorial

Thousands attend K-9 memorial. (Photo: Lt. Brian Lohrke / UPD)

HERRIMAN, Utah (KUTV) - Thousands of people filled Herriman High School's auditorium Saturday to pay tribute to Dingo, the 7 year old K-9 killed in the line of duty June 6, 2017.

“Dingo was so much more than just a dog to me. He was my fishing buddy, my confidant, my constant companion, my ever loyal partner, and my protector," said Chad Reyes, Dingo's handler. “I owe it to my partner, my hero, and the best friend I’ll ever have.”

Reyes and Dingo were tracking down a violent fugitive earlier this month when he was shot and killed.

“There’s no question in my mind that Dingo saved my life on two occasions,” Reyes said. “In the early morning hours of July 6, he ensured once again I’d go home to my children. Only this time, without him.”

The entire Reyes family had a special bond with Dingo.

“When I needed ears to listen without judgment, a hug, and a soft lick on my hand, or a warrior to defend me from harm, he always saw me through.”

As one of his final acts in office, Sheriff Jim Winder promoted Reyes to lieutenant.

"This is my last opportunity and I felt it really important to recognize Chad. Also to bring comfort to his family."

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