Rico served two full tours in Afghanistan, survived 30 firefights, and completed over 240 missions to make sure that his wartime partner, Marine Staff Sgt. Russ Beckley Jr., always made it out alive. When Beckley finally came home, Rico followed and stayed with the family, the brave dog went to live with Beckley’s parents…but after 12 years, it was time to say goodbye. Rico’s powerful body had grown slow with old age, and every movement caused him pain.
The Beckley’s came to a heartbreaking conclusion: it was time to let Rico move on.
They performed a touching ceremony, thanking Rico for his service and remembering the bravery that he exhibited each and every day. The family created a memorial in their home, and held the service in their own backyard. Complete with speeches, photographs of Rico’s time in service, and even a 21-gun salute, neighbors and fans came from near and far to pay their respects to the war dog.
Rico was surrounded by family when he took his last breaths, and the military sendoff was nothing less than the brave dog deserved. Buried in their yard, under a flag placed at half mast, they said their final goodbye to Rico, but know that someday, they will all be reunited once more.
Rico may be gone, but he will not be forgotten!
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