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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ruth boling said on Saturday, Dec 17 at 2:23 PM

I would like to send the link for the vest fund to friends in another state and would like a person or service to send it to...not just a po box number. Should it be addressed to the Columbia City Police? Deputy Cavanagh? With all the scams going on, everybody I know is leery of a PO box

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Doris Walker said on Monday, Dec 19 at 10:01 AM

Look up Heroes Vest Fund in Lextington, SC. They are on facebook as well. This is a real organization who has donated vests to Lexington Cty Shreiff's dogs.

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Lynne Narez said on Monday, Dec 19 at 2:17 PM

I did not read where Fargo's injuries were located. Am I to assume he was not wearing a vest? I know not all counties have them.

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Erika said on Monday, Dec 19 at 6:00 PM

Columbia City Police is a completely different department. If anything....I would look up the Heros Vest Fund and send it to them. They have already donated many vest to the Lexington County Sherriff's K-9 unit and I know they will be doing the same in light of Fargo's tragic death.

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Erika said on Monday, Dec 19 at 6:03 PM

I realized my comment may have been a little confusing. I know the Hero's Vest Fund will be donating to the Richland County Sheriff's K-9 unit especially after Fargo's death.

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karen scott florence sc said on Sunday, Jan 15 at 11:36 PM

i think the vest are needed very badly my nephew is a k -9 officer for richland county and i know how much he cares for his partner and he should be proteced by all cost his life should be protected as an officer also

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