K-9 Memorial Planned for Later this Week

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By Crandall Sims

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- For years they were a team, a team that shared a life's work of fighting crime.

In July, we had the privilege of meeting K-9 Fargo and Master Deputy Warren Cavanagh as we learned about their work to keep the citizens of Richland County, safe.

Something the duo was always ready for.

"We pride ourselves very much on when those four paws hit the ground it's time to get to business and go to work," said Master Deputy Warren Cavanagh with the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

Back in July, they were getting ready for National Night Out, an event where Fargo was able to put a face with those that he worked to keep safe, everyday.

"This will give the public the opportunity to come out and meet the K-9, meet the face behind the K-9, ask us some questions and we'll have a really fun time," said Master Deputy Warren Cavanagh.

Fargo joined the Richland County Sheriff's Department in 2006, at just 9 months old. Soon after he began training and continued to train throughout his time on the force.

"We train very hard, we train Mondays and Wednesdays of every week, training never stops," said Master Deputy Warren Cavanagh.

While Fargo's main work was fighting crime, he was also very social. Something Master Deputy Cavanagh wanted the public to know.

The duo shared much more than just a job, they shared a home and a friendship.

But on Friday morning, Master Deputy Warren Cavanagh lost Fargo after he was shot while responding to an armed robbery.

Fargo died from his injuries.

He leaves behind a triple threat career. He was trained in narcotics, tracking and criminal apprehension.

Officials with the Richland County Sheriff's Department say, the two prided themselves in making Richland County a safe place to live.

Officials with the Richland County Sheriff's Department say they have received a tremendous amount of support over the loss of Fargo.

A memorial service will be held for Fargo next week, details are expected to be released at a later date.

In the meantime, if you would like to help by donating to a vest fund for the K-9 unit, you can do so by sending a donation to P.O. Box 1182 Columbia, South Carolina 29209
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