The Pueblo West View

Procession and full honors set for K-9

COURTESY PHOTO
During his time working as a military dog for the U.S. Army, Alf tracked and alerted soldiers to explosive devices, and occasionally served as an attack dog.
COURTESY PHOTO During his time working as a military dog for the U.S. Army, Alf tracked and alerted soldiers to explosive devices, and occasionally served as an attack dog.

For the first time, the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team will recognize a K-9 soldier with a procession and military honors Thursday afternoon.

Patrol dog Staff Sgt. Alf will be put to sleep on Thursday after suffering from an incurable spinal cord disease.

He will be honored with a procession from the area of Wheatridge Drive on Pueblo’s South Side to Roselawn Cemetery.

The American Legion Riders Chapter No. 2 will help lead the procession along with members of law enforcement and the ritual team

There will be a ceremony at 3 p.m. at the veterans’ section of the cemetery and Alf will be buried in the pet cemetery of Roselawn.

The American Legion Post No. 203 will host a reception following the funeral at the legion, 2420 Santa Fe Drive in Pueblo.

Al Duran, of the ritual team, said Thursday’s ceremony is historic in that it’s the first time the Pueblo team has honored a K-9 soldier.

Alf was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan during his career. His primary job was to detect explosive devices and alert his unit to the threat.

Alf was adopted by Sgt. Edward Pfeifer Jr., who worked with him during his deployments and was taken home to Pueblo in 2012.

jtucker@chieftain.com

Discuss this story
comments powered by Disqus
The Pueblo West View
Popular