Community, deputy say goodbye to K-9 battling cancer


MARSHALL COUNTY, W.VA. (WTRF) — A community in West Virginia and a sheriff deputy had to say one of the hardest goodbyes this weekend.

Back in April, Spartan, a 6-year-old giant schnauzer and K-9 for Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma. Unfortunately, he has passed away.

The Benwood Fire Department held a flag-raising memorial Saturday to honor Marshall County Sheriff Deputy Nate Klempa, and to pay a tribute to his special dog.

“God tells you to do the right thing. God tells you to do the right thing because there’s good people and like I said we love Nate, we love his dog, and that’s how it is,” said John Waldrum, a firefighter for Benwood Fire Department.

Those at the Benwood Fire Department say Spartan was more than a man’s best friend, he was a special service dog to the community.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office held a last call for Spartan


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