A large crowd lined up at a small chapel in Bethlehem to say its final goodbyes to another member of law enforcement Wednesday.
Each person entered a showroom where they paid their respects to a German Shepherd who seemed to peacefully rest in his casket.
The family and friends of Lawrenceville Police K-9 Officer Shawn Humphreys mourned the loss of Holland Di Casa Sintiago — better known as Eiko — who died July 14.
“He was one of the truest forms of a real police officer,” Humphreys said at the ceremony.
Members of law enforcement from across the state, other officials and the community attended funeral service at Oak Rest Pet Gardens at Deceased Pet Care on Harbins Road.
Eiko recently fought a short battle with an aggressive malignant cancer of the blood vessels and had to be taken out of service. This is the second K-9 unit partner Humphreys has lost. Last June, Andor, a German Shepherd, also was buried at the pet gardens.
Humphreys said in the five years of Eiko’s service, his K-9 unit partner always put forth his best effort.
“He never gave up and never got upset even when he was working and was punched, kicked or thrown or even when someone tried to hurt me,” Humphreys said.
Eiko was born in the Netherlands on May 16, 2008. Humphreys said although the public may have assumed Eiko was mean, he was a playful protector of his family — Humphreys’ wife Michelle and son Evan.
When he was not playing with his favorite rubber toy, Eiko anxious to serve his community.
Each year, Eiko would certify for the American Working Dog Association, The National Narcotic Detector Dog Association, and he also earned a certification through the International Forensic Research Institute.
Eiko, who joined the department in May 2011, helped gather evidence and locate missing persons. In his career, he helped find more than $5 million.
He was involved with more than 100 arrests and assisted local, state and federal agencies detect drugs, resulting in the largest heroin bust in Georgia, according to the police, where 38 kilograms were found, police said.
Humphreys has to continue to protect the community without his partner but he said Eiko will be “sorely missed and never forgotten.”