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WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT) - K9 Castorka took one more final ride around Whitley County- a place she served and protected.
"That dog will give its last breath for not only the officer, the handler that he or she is with, but also the community as in this unfortunate situation," Officer Gary Griffith with the K9 Unit for Fort Wayne Police said.
Costorka died a week ago when police say a carjacking suspect struck the car she was in causing it to erupt in flames.
That day Deputy Gary Archbold not only lost a partner, but he lost apart of his family. It’s a loss felt by many in the department.
"We'll always remember Cas. She impacted my whole staff," Whitley County Sheriff Marcus E. Gatton said.
People were lined up on the streets paying their respects as the hearse passed.
Whitley County 4-H will honor her as well with a fundraiser and a piece of art in her legacy.
"We put together a package. We've got over 150 items donated. Animal donations we're going to give to the humane society here in Whitley County, as well as we have a tree carver. He carves a honk of a log and we put it into the livestock auction. He's carved corn, horse, and a chicken. This year we gave him the idea.. Let’s carve the dog," Jeff Geiger from Whitley County 4-H Clubs, Inc. said.
All the money donated will go directly to the Whitley County K9 Sheriff's fund. Deputies said she may be gone, but she'll never be forgotten.
If you would like to donate, you can drop off donations at the gazebo at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Items they are looking for are toys, dog food, leashes, and collars.
The auction will be happening at noon Thursday.
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