ROCKFORD, Iowa (AP) — A small northern Iowa town unveiled a statue honoring a Navy SEAL killed in 2011 in Afghanistan and his loyal dog remembered for lying beside the soldier’s casket.
The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1ba1Oh7 ) that the bronze statue of Jon Tumilson and his dog, Hawkeye, now stands in Rockford’s Fossil and Prairie Park.
The Rockford native was one of 30 American soldiers killed Aug. 6, 2011, when their helicopter was shot down by insurgents.
His dog led family members into Tumilson’s funeral service, and lay by his casket during the ceremony. Photos and video of the funeral went viral, a touching moment after one of the deadliest attacks during the decade-long war.
The statue was created by Jeff Adams, of Mount Morris, Ill. It depicts Tumilson and Hawkeye running.
Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/