“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends” truly represents the duty and training that a K9 officer fulfills.
On the night of August 2, 2017, K9 Officer Cain was killed in the line of duty. In the last 100 years, the city of Crossville had only lost one officer. Though his story had come to a end, the outpouring of support from the community and across the country was remarkable. There were two memorials held for K9 Officer Cain. The first public memorial was mournful, but encouraging at the same time. The second memorial, conducted by law enforcement, was on par with that of any fallen officer. The streets were lined in tribute and a procession of law enforcement with their own K9 officers measured a mile long.
A dog owner understands what it is like to lose a lifetime companion, but it is so hard to process the exponential attachment of a dog that you spend every working hour with and then time at home with your family as well.
The city of Crossville built a basic dog park for its residents in 2012, and after Cain’s passing, the city unanimously voted to rename the park “K9 Officer Cain Memorial Dog Park.” While a great deal of donations were received to replace Cain, those funds could not be used for his memorial park. The city felt it needed to apply for the Tennessee Dog Park Dash grant, and thanks to The Boyd Foundation, dog owners in the city and surrounding areas will be able to utilize agility equipment to make their time with their dogs much more interactive and special. The grant will also provide additional areas to sit and socialize, catch up with old friends and even make new ones. Everyone who enters the park will see Cain’s photo and remember his sacrifice. It’s more than just a dog park.