Services recognized Ciro’s contribution

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Taking part in the farewell services for K-9 Deputy Ciro were, from left: Reverend L.V. Harvey, who served as paster for the ceremony; Sheriff Skipper Osborne; Bay City Police Department K-9 officer Keith Hatton and his partner, Kim; Lt. Frank Craft; the sheriff’s department K-9 officer, Sgt. Philip Hester, and his wife, Shannon Hester, and their children Ayva, Trinity and Gavin.

   The funeral procession included sheriff’s department vehicles and Bay City police cruisers escorted by the Matagorda County Cavalry down Texas 60 for a solemn service on the sheriff’s department grounds Friday afternoon.
   Around 50 people gathered to pay their respects to the fallen sheriff’s K-9, Deputy Ciro. The dog had been certified in December 2013 and died July 14, from a spine-related illness. 
   Ciro’s partner, Sgt. Philip Hester, took the dog to the Texas A&M Small Animal Hospital to try and save him. 
   The dog was later cremated. The Cavalry awaited the return of Ciro’s remains at Bay City’s VFW Post 1428, and when they arrived the procession began.
   Mourners included Hester and his wife, Shannon, and their children, Ayva, Trinity, and Gavin.
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