Hundreds say goodbye to K-9 Officer Cain in Crossville

(Tennessee Highway Patrol)

CROSSVILLE (WATE) – Hundreds of police officers and K-9 officers, as well as the community came together to say a final goodbye to a brave four-legged police officer who gave his life in the line of duty.

There was a procession on Main Street to Duer Soccer Complex followed by a memorial ceremony that included a final radio call for K-9 Cain. Cain served the Crossville Police Department for three years with his handler, Lt. Bart Riden.

The Crossville police dog died on August 2 while chasing a stolen vehicle suspect who was running down a dirt road. Police say the dog caught the suspect hiding in the woods, but Cain was stabbed multiple times in the chest. When he returned to his handler, seriously wounded, the dog was rushed to an emergency clinic, then to the UT Veterinary Hospital, where he died.

Previous story: Crossville K-9 officer dies after being stabbed by suspect

The community held a memorial visitation for K-9 Cain Wednesday night, signing a temporary memorial in honor of the service animal and his handler.

“Cain was a special dog. He was more than a dog. He was my partner. He was always there for me. Anytime I needed him, he was there. Anytime I wanted him, he was there,” said Lt. Bart Riden.

A memorial service was then held Thursday morning at the Duer Soccer Complex in Crossville. The private ceremony was only open to law enforcement officers and first responders across Cumberland County, but the public was invited to line the sides of Main Street to watch the memorial funeral procession and honor the fallen K-9 officer.

Pictures and condolences are posted on the Facebook pages of the Crossville Police Department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Williamson County Sheriff, Metro Nashville Police, Crossville/Cumberland County Emergency Management and other safety agencies




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