We often hear stories that validate dogs as man's bestfriend. Here's yet another heart-breaking one coming all the way from Rockford, Iowa. Jon Tumilson, a Navy SEAL, was one of 30 Americans killed in Afghanistan on August 6 when a rocket-propelled grenade took out a U.S. Chinook helicopter. He was mourned at a service in Rockford, Iowa, attended by 1,500 family members, friends and Hawkeye, Tumilson's dog.
The Labrador retriever was an important part of Tumilson's life that friends and family called the dog his "son." When Tumilson's friend Scott Nichols walked to the front of the room to speak, Hawkeye followed. Today.com reports. "As Nichols prepared to memorialize his friend, Hawkeye dutifully laid down near the casket," Scott Stump writes. Hawkeye laid by the casket for the duration of the funeral, keeping a watchful eye on his friend.
Jon's sisters Kristie and Joy describe their brother as someone they always looked up to, and someone who always showed so much strength, courage, determination and selfless love.
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Rest in peace. You have paid with the ultimate price to fight for what's right. Thank you for the courage, bravery and inspiration.