Young Boy Pens Moving Letter to Florida Police Officer Whose K9 Died in Shootout
A young Florida boy was so moved by the heroic death of a local police K9 that he wrote a heartfelt letter to the late dog's handler.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office shared a photo of the letter the boy, identified only as "Cooper," wrote to "Deputy Ryan" on Facebook. Ryan's three-year-old K9 Cigo died while saving two deputies' lives during a Christmas Eve shootout at a mall in Wellington.
In the now-viral post, the sheriff's office explains that Cooper told his mother he wanted to write the officer a letter after learning about the incident on the local news. "He wanted to know why someone would kill his dog when 'he is just trying to protect us,'" the boy's mother said.
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Cooper told his mom that losing Cigo was like the deputy losing his "buddy" and "now he doesn't have his 'buddy' anymore." The next morning, Cooper decided to write the letter.
"Dear Deputy Ryan I am sorry that your dog got shot thank you for keeping me safe thank you for your service," the sweet hand-written letter reads. "Your dog did a lote (sic) for the world."
"Keep arresting the bad guys and one day I hope I can met (sic) you and your new dog!!" the letter concludes.
The sheriff's office added that Deputy Ryan "loved" the letter and was "truly moved" by it.
We hope little Cooper gets the chance to meet Ryan and his new K9 soon!