From Cleveland to Port Clinton, police officers, friends and community members gathered Saturday morning at Vermilion Elementary School’s gym to remember Vermilion police dog Andy, who died Tuesday.
As bagpipes hummed, Andy’s trainer, Vermilion police Cpl. Scott Holmes, marched in with his wife and two sons.
He carried Andy’s ashes under one arm.
About 20 police dogs from all over the region followed close behind and filed into back of the gymnasium.
“Vermilion is a better place because Andy was a part of our community,” Vermilion Mayor Eileen Bulan told the gathering of about 300. “I think I can speak for the entire community when I say that we thank Andy for all he did for Vermilion.”
Andy died Tuesday after falling from the fourth floor of an abandoned factory on First Street in Sandusky.
Several other dogs and their trainers were practicing tracking on the first floor of the building before the incident.