K-9 Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer Receives His ‘Last Call’ and It Will Surely Break Your Heart

K-9 Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer Receives His ‘Last Call’ and It Will Surely Break Your Heart

Angela Markus

Any police officer will tell you that the K9 unit is an important component of their arsenal. The four-legged officers help to protect the two-legged officers in situations of threat. So naturally when a unit loses a K9 officer, the moment will always be a somber one.

To pay respects to a dying K9 officer, members of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office issued a touching ‘last call.’ This tradition has long been a part of farewells for the men and women in law enforcement who have died in the line of duty. The tribute occurs when a radio dispatcher announces a special message about the fallen officer.

In this instance, the German shepherd licks his paws as he lies swaddled in blankets on a table as a voice honors him. A voice over a radio repeats, “Sheriff’s office to K-9 Argo.” The transmission concludes with “End of watch for K9 Argo on October 10, 2015. Rest in Peace, K-9 Argo.” Argo was a narcotics detection dog that worked even after being diagnosed with bone cancer diagnosis.

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The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook: “Only after the pain became evident to his partner and the cancer was found to be all over his body and terminal, was the hard, painful, but loving decision made to end his suffering. Argo was given a small and private ceremony where he was honored with the traditional Last Call, given to those who pass in the line of duty.”



It was clear to see and hear how the emotional and heartbreaking farewell was for everyone in the room. Farewell Argo. Rest in paradise. 

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