The U.S. Coast Guard and beyond honored a very special comrade this week, with a emotional ceremony and lots of tears.
K-9 officers from law enforcement agencies throughout Puget Sound, along with members of the Coast Guard, gathered at a station in Seattle on Thursday to honor a 10-year-old yellow Labrador named Crema, an explosives detection dog that passed away earlier this month during surgery for a tumor, KOMO News reports.
The pooch is credited with serving on 120 explosives detection missions and has a long resume that proves he was indeed the service dog crème of the crop.
His work included assistance with security at many Mariners and Seahawks games, work during three Presidential visits to Seattle, security sweeps at the state ferry dock and working security at this year’s Super Bowl, the report said.
The dog’s handler, Chief Petty Office William Porter, was presented with an American flag and the pup’s ashes, which were scattered in Elliott Bay, the very waters he helped keep safe for six years, KIRO News reported.
“Chief Porter knew that he had a special love for Crema, one that could not be severed,” said one officer who spoke at the memorial. “Crema was indeed his buddy.”