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Police dog bids touching farewell to fallen human partner

June 3, 2013 at 9:21 AM ET

Video: A photo of a police dog saying goodbye to his fallen human partner over the weekend is going viral. Photojournalist Jonathan Palmer captured the touching moment when the dog places his paw on his partner’s casket.

A photo demonstrating the bond between a man and his dog is breaking hearts across the Internet.

The picture shows Figo, a K-9 officer, paying his last respects at the funeral of his fallen human partner, Kentucky police officer Jason Ellis. In the photo, Figo lays a paw on Ellis’s casket. The 33-year-old Ellis was killed in a suspected ambush.

The picture generated hundreds of comments after being posted on Reddit.

"Dogs can actually smell when someone or something is dead and it gives them closure. Not sure if he can tell it's him through the coffin, but he should," wrote one Reddit user.

Figo was retired after his partner’s death and is now living with Ellis’ family. Bardstown, Ky., police chief Rick McCubbin told the Associated Press said that the dog and Ellis were “true partners."

Related: Photographer behind viral police dog pic: 'I was teary-eyed'

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