Heartbroken police dog attends funeral of handler gunned down in line of duty
A loyal dog was left heartbroken after his owner was killed in the line of duty.
Archibald was the much-loved pet of Constable Rachel McCrow, 29, who was killed on December 12 along with fellow officer Constable Matthew Arnold.
The pair were attacked by Nathaniel Train, his brother Gareth, and Gareth’s wife, Stacey when they attended a welfare check at the deadly trio's property in rural Queensland, Australia.
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The assailants were also killed in the violent stand-off.
Blue heeler Archibald was taken to McCrow's funeral in the back of a police car and was clad in blue and white, the traditional police colours, in memory of his beloved owner.
At the memorial service, which attracted around 8000 people, Archibald was given pride of place and sat in the front row, news.com.au reported.
And McCrow's four-legged friend was with her right to the end as he walked behind her coffin as she was carried out of her memorial service.
Queensland police chaplain Jeff Baills labelled the deaths of Arnold and McCrow "absolutely evil," 7News reported.
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"What happened on December 12 was un-Australian and does not belong in this country,” he said.
"It was abhorrent. It was not of God. It was absolute evil. This barbaric act has shocked our community, and it’s irreparably damaged the Arnold family and the McCrow family.
"While we grieve today, we will not be broken.
"Rachel and Matthew were just doing their job that day, and the McCrow and the Arnold families paid the ultimate sacrifice.
"And while Rachel’s and Matthew’s lives were taken in the most cowardly way, the events of December 12 will call us together with the resolve of police and community to uphold the greater good of justice, of freedom and of family."
Senior Constable Melissa Gibson spoke of McCrow's legacy during her eulogy, and even spoke of her furry friend.
“She was a daughter, a sister, a friend, a colleague and an amazing mum to her beloved four-legged Archibald,” she said.
“Family was everything to Rach and she was everything to them. Rach was simply one of a kind.
“She was the kindest and most positive person I know. She had the purest of souls and the warmest of hearts.”
Meanwhile Laura Harriss, a family friend of Constable Arnold, Laura Harriss, said she was "so proud of the man he became".
"I’m so sorry that I wasn’t there for you when you needed me the most. That is something that will forever haunt me," she said.
"You deserved so much more from the public you lived to protect.
"May your name and memory never leave the mind of others."
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