DEQUINCY, LA (KPLC) - Officer Darrell Marler was all smiles when his K-9 Floor came to visit just a few weeks ago.
He wanted to share her incredible military history to honor her for Veteran's Day because she was a hero and he felt she deserved to be honored like one.
Deputy Aaron Broussard, Marler's close friend, adopted Floor from Marler when he fell too ill to take care of her. But Broussard would take her to visit Marler.
After battling Stage Four small cell lung cancer for nearly a year, Marler passed away on Tuesday.
His last wish was to have Floor and Broussard escort him home. And on Friday, they did just that at his funeral.
He was remembered as a prankster and devoted family man a man who took pride in his role as an officer protecting his community.
The ceremony was a testament to how many lives Marler touched, including Floor, who lead the procession with dignity and honor.
Marler was a corrections officer at Phelps for 13 years. He served as an officer with DeQuincy Police Department for seven years, and was also a project manager with Universal Protection Services at Sasol.
He served his community even while he was sick - he worked part time with the DeQuincy Police Department.