Service dog receives full military honors

Military dog funeral for Arko. (WDTN Photo)
Military dog funeral for Arko. (WDTN Photo)

WPAFB, Ohio (WDTN) – Like any working relationships, you need to get along with your co-workers, especially when one is responsible for keeping you alive.

One such relationship was formally put to rest at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Friday when full military honors were displayed for Arko, the hero canine.

In a sad, but proud promenade, a goodbye to a canine hero.

“We’re not just celebrating a dog’s life, we celebrate a serviceman’s life,” said Sgt. Aaron Walker, U.S. Air Force.

Military dog funeral for Arko.  (WDTN Photo)
Military dog funeral for Arko. (WDTN Photo)

Arko, the 6-year-old Brindle German Shepherd, is now a fallen member of the U. S. military. His job as a patrol explosives protection canine was to sniff out bombs.

After three overseas deployments including Afghanistan and Kuwait, Arko died two months ago of an intestinal problem.

He had three handlers in his short life, all describing him as a partner, a buddy, a life saver.

Walker spoke lovingly of his work partner. Weighing between 75 and 85 pounds, with paws like a bear by human standards, Arko was a workaholic.

Staff Sgt. Walker says his new canine partner is Duco. They are working hard to get to know each to build the rapport he had with Arko. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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