Rest in peace, Hatos.
One by one, each canine officer and his human partner filed past the picture of Hatos and the urn containing the fallen dog’s ashes.
Each dog, professional and alert, stopped briefly to pay respects to one of their own. Hatos, a nearly 3-year-old Belgian Malinois who worked for the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s office, died Aug. 6 of heat exhaustion after pursuing two escaped juvenile inmates. On Friday, Hatos was memorialized just as any other police officer killed in the line of duty would be – with a ceremony befitting a hero.