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Hundreds gather to remember fallen K-9 deputy

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Master Deputy Warren Cavanagh and his family stand in front of K-9's from all over the Midlands. Master Deputy Warren Cavanagh and his family stand in front of K-9's from all over the Midlands.

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Hundreds of citizens, law enforcement officers and K-9s gathered outside the Richland County Sheriff's Department to honor the life of a K-9 deputy who was killed in the line of duty on Friday.

"Fargo had the same personality as his partner, his friends and family ran to him, and bad guys ran away from him," said Senior Deputy Gavin Walmsey.

They talked about him as if he was human and mourned the same way.

"'He was just a dog.' I've seen this statement made recently by some really unfortunate individuals," said Sheriff Leon Lott. "I feel sorry for these individuals because they have missed out on a part of life that is so special, they have missed the opportunity to whisper in that special partner's ear, 'That's daddy's boy' every day, so he would know how much he was loved."

As the Richland County K-9 team remembered one of their own, Master Deputy Warren Cavanagh remembered a partner and member of the family.

"For as tough as Fargo was, he was also that gentle giant who'd let Jordan love on him all she wanted," said Lott. "He was a very special family member."

Fargo was just 6 years old. The guy he was chasing last week would have been the 12th suspect he'd caught this year alone. It was work all done with Cavanagh who did not have his partner by his side today.

"Fargo saved a lot of lives the night that he passed, doing exactly what he was trained to do," said Walmsey. "You will be missed but not forgotten."

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