Emotional memorial held for Mantua K-9 that died of cancer - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Emotional memorial held for Mantua K-9 that died of cancer

Sgt. Urso and K-9 Diablo. (Source: WOIO) Sgt. Urso and K-9 Diablo. (Source: WOIO)
MANTUA, OH (WOIO) -

Beloved K-9 Diablo, who died on March 20, was remembered during a touching tribute on Sunday afternoon.

Diablo's handler, Sergeant Joe Erso, along with Mantua police officers and students from Crestwood High School gathered for a memorial to honor the K-9 that was diagnosed with a rare, inoperable cancerous tumor near his spine. A full police procession was held for Diablo. 

K-9 Diablo was a narcotics dog that worked in the community for five years. Sergeant Urso and Diablo were the only K-9 school resource officer team in Ohio. The duo was loved and cherished by students and faculty at Crestwood High School, where the officers served.

According to a tribute video, the K-9 was named Diablo, which means "devil" in Spanish, after Crestwood High Schools mascot. The high school's teams are named the Crestwood Red Devils.

Diablo died at the age of 9 years old. Several social media posts were made to honor the fallen K-9.

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