It was in the early morning of May 5, 2015. Pennsylvania policeman Lt Eric Eslary was driving with his K-9 named Blek. But in a matter of seconds, their whole world changed.
Two men in a work van smashed into the police SUV head-on. The men were driving drunk in the wrong lane.
Just an hour later, Lt Eslary died in the hospital. Throughout the ordeal, Blek would not leave his master’s side.
Lt Eslary was the very man who helped develop the K- 9 unit program and was a veteran of the police force for 17-years. When he passed, he left behind his wife, Mary Beth Eslary, and their six kids.
When Mary Beth came to the hospital to see her husband, the German Shepherd finallly left the man’s side in order to greet his wife. The dog was seriously injured in the crash and needed to undergo surgery. Fortunately, he fully recovered.
Now, Blek is living with Mary Beth and their children. In an effort to remember her husband, she is dedicated to raising Blek in his memory.
“It was a big comfort to know he’s here and I had at least a part of Eric back with me,” she says. “And he’s glad to be home, too.”
Sadly, Mary Beth can tell that Blek sometimes searches the house for Eric.
Now the police department is busy planning a retirement ceremony for Blek so he can continue to protect his owner’s wife.
“It’s an honor to now take care of Blek for Eric,” she tearfully told WTAE. “I need him. The kids need him. We need him as a family.”
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