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New memorial in Canton honors K-9 officers killed on the job

Posted at 9:39 AM, May 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 09:39:47-04

A new memorial in downtown Canton honors Stark County K-9 officers who have been killed on the job.

It’s located near the corner of Market Avenue N and 2nd Street NW, just steps away from a monument for officers who have died on the job. 

The names of K-9 Luko and K-9 Jethro are found on the side of $20,000 monument.

K-9 Luko was hit and killed by a car on Feb. 14, 1998 while he and an officer were chasing a felony suspect.

K-9 Jethro was shot and killed on Jan. 10, 2016 when responding to a burglary call. His death sparked a big reaction from the Canton community.

In August, Kelontre Barefield was sentenced to 45 years for the death of Jethro and burglary charges.

“We believe strongly that the dog died so that the handler could live,” said Canton police Sgt. Victor George.

George says dedicated bricks are being sold to pay for the cost of the memorial. There are 400 available.

The sale is ongoing, despite the deadline listed on this flier.