Willie was one of 10 horses with CPD’s Mounted Unit.
A beloved horse, Equine Officer “Willie” of the Columbus Police Department in Ohio was given a memorial service on Friday.
Willie, who died of cancer in early January, a week after having a tumor removed from his colon.Had served the department for 11 years.
His partner of ten years, Officer John Shoopman, is devastated at the loss and will always remember his best friend, he said the 24-year-old horse will always be remembered.
“We really developed a good partnership,” Shoopman said. “You only have a horse maybe once in a lifetime that you can really connect to and know it. Great friend, partner, trust, always there for me.”
“He will be remembered thought out Columbus as the horse who knew his way to his favorite places to get a carrot or an apple,” police wrote on their Facebook page.