Petty Officer Jon T. Tumilson was one of 30 American troops that lost their lives when Taliban insurgents shot down a Chinook helicopter over Afghanistan on August 6. At Tumilson’s funeral earlier this week in Rockford, Iowa, the Navy SEAL’s dog refused to leave his slain owner’s side. According to relatives, Tumilson’s Labrador, Hawkeye, walked up to the casket and laid down in front of it, letting out a sigh as he collapsed on the floor.
Tumilson’s cousin, Lisa Pembleton, snapped a heartbreaking photograph of the loyal dog and posted it to her Facebook page.
“I felt compelled to take one photo to share with family members that couldn't make it or couldn't see what I could from the aisle,” Pembleton wrote.