Policeman Comforts Fallen Partner In Her Final Moments
In only a moment, a regular day turned into a life-threatening scenario for two members of the Houston Police Department.
A police horse for four years, Charlotte was patrolling the city streets on Thursday when she was startled by a passing cement truck.
Acting in fear, Charlotte bucked Officer D. Herrejon from her back and ran into the street where she was struck by a vehicle.
In her final moments, Charlotte found comfort in her officer, who held her head to his chest as she passed away on the street.
As a precaution, Herrejon was taken to the hospital after the incident, but was dismissed and is doing well, reported local news.
The Houston Police Department announced Charlotte's death on Thursday with a few words of mourning. They wrote:
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Charlotte, an HPD Mounted Patrol horse, who died in the line of duty this morning in a motor vehicle accident. ...
Charlotte came to HPD as an unstarted 2-year old Tennessee Walker from Oklahoma. She thrived in HPD Mounted Patrol's barefoot and natural horsemanship programs. She passed her evaluation period with flying colors and was working the streets of Downtown Houston within a short time of being started under saddle. She loved her job and was always ready to go to work putting bad guys in jail or giving nuzzles to children. She served the citizens of Houston for 4 years.
She will be missed.
Along with the announcement, the department included several photos to memorialize Charlotte's life of service to the city of Houston.
A photo taken of Charlotte with Officer Herrejon the day before she died.
Charlotte staying warm in the stables.
Charlotte horsin' around the office.
Rest in peace, Charlotte.