Approximately 1,500 people and one dog attended the funeral of Navy SEAL Petty Officer 1st Class Jon Tumilson, who was one of several Americans killed in Afghanistan earlier this month, when the helicopter was shot down. Jon’s faithful Labrador, Hawkeye, lied by his side one last time, but this time there was no warm hand to reach out and gently pet him. Instead, he was lying by the Navy SEAL’s casket, draped in an American flag. Apparently, nobody placed him there, Hawkeye just walked up to the casket, lied down with a sigh, and mourned, along with Jon’s family, friends, and community members of Rockford, Iowa.
The faithful canine companion now has a new home with Tumilson’s friend Scott Nichols. Dogster reported that Hawkeye is very familiar with Nichol’s home, as he would spend months at a time there when Tumilson was deployed. Scott and Hawkeye will most likely help each other heal the pain of their enormous loss.
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