Fallen K-9 deputy honored by sheriff and the community

Published: Aug. 17, 2017 at 11:14 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2017 at 6:12 PM EDT
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Source: RCSD
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Deputy Emily Lemmond and K9 Deputy Tosca. (Source: RCSD)
Deputy Emily Lemmond and K9 Deputy Tosca. (Source: RCSD)

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Richland County Sheriff's deputies said goodbye to a fallen K-9 officer Thursday.

Tosca died on Aug. 5 after suffering from a seizure. She was rushed to the hospital after the seizure but eventually, she was taken off a ventilator.

Officer Tosca was just two years old when she passed away. Her handler, Deputy Emily Lemmond, rushed her to the vet in an attempt to save her.

She was a highly trained officer and a beloved family member.

"Those two were partners and those two were just alike," said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.

Deputy Lemmond describes it as "always having your best friend in the back seat."

"It was a bond - it's unbreakable. It's like none other," said Deputy Lemmond. "It's somebody that's gonna put their life on the line for you."

K-9 officer Tosca was remembered at a memorial service at the Richland County Sheriff's department on Thursday.

"Even though she was here for not as long as some of our other dogs... she was here long enough for us to love her. And we do, we love her,"
Sheriff Lott said.

The Sheriff says in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to provide vests to the Richland County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit in the name of Tosca.

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