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Old 08-25-2011, 08:14 PM
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Default Fallen Navy Seal's Loyal Best Friend

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Labrador retriever Hawkeye was at emotional service

This heart-wrenching photo shows how a Navy SEALís dog refused to leave his masterís side during an emotional funeral. Petty Officer Jon Tumilson, 35, killed in the major U.S. helicopter crash in Afghanistan this month, was remembered by around 1,500 mourners. But it was his Labrador retriever Hawkeye that really captured the publicís emotions in the photo taken by Mr Tumilsonís cousin, Lisa Pembleton.

Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson's Labrador retriever Hawkeye was loyal to the end, as he refused to leave his master's side during an emotional funeral. Man's best friend: Mr Tumilson's family members followed Hawkeye into the service before he lay down.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO HAWKEYE? Nikki Virgilio, a friend of Mr Tumilson (known as J.T.) who was at the funeral, said Hawkeye was a personal pet rather than a military dog. 'I can happily report to you that Hawkeye was willed to one of J.T.'s good friends, the same one that took care of him whenever J.T. was deployed overseas,' she wrote on Facebook. 'So he is assuredly in a loving home. J.T. was an amazing being and his dog is no different.'

His funeral was held on Friday in his hometown of Rockford, Iowa, at the Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Community School. Ms Pembleton said: ĎI felt compelled to take one photo to share with family members that couldn't make it or couldn't see what I could from the aisle. 'To say that he was an amazing man doesn't do him justice. The loss of Jon to his family, military family and friends is immeasurable.'
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