A traffic accident involving a police officer on horseback has gripped the nation after a heartbreaking photo of the aftermath went viral.
What it should have been just a regular day at the office for a policeman and his loyal horse partner, turned into a complete nightmare. Due to a .ᴛᴇ.ʀʀɪʙʟᴇ .ᴀ.ᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛ, the four-legged officer got .ᴅ.ᴇᴀᴅʟʏ injured. Lied on the ground, the poor horse was living her very last moments, with her friend comforting her, in a very dramatic scene!
The Houston officer, Officer D. Herrejon, was bucked off his horse, Charlotte after she got spooked by something behind her on the street. The horse tragically .sᴛ.ʀᴜᴄᴋ a cement truck and broke her leg. But unfortunately, it was too late for the police horse!
With her leg broken and other injuries, Charlotte was having her final breaths, right there in the middle of the street. Heartbroken, officer Herrejon couldn’t believe his eyes, but all he could do was to be next to his faithful partner in her last moments. So he lied on the ground, next to Charlotte, put his arms around her neck and his head onto hers, and offered her some comfort. A truly heartbreaking moment as the two were sharing an incredible bond!
It’s hard to look at but the photo of Officer Herrejon comforting his partner, Charlotte, touched many hearts and people all over the world were captivated by the image.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Charlotte, an HPD Mounted Patrol horse, who passed in the line of duty this morning…” the post reads. “Charlotte came to HPD as an unstarted 2-year old Tennessee Walker from Oklahoma….She loved her job and was always ready to go to work putting bad guys in jail or giving nuzzles to children. She served the citizens of Houston for 4 years. She will be missed!”
Luckily, Officer Herrejon came out unscathed physically, you could see how affected he was by the .ᴅ.ᴇᴀᴅʟʏ of his horse in the photo.
“You undergo a lot of training as a [mounted police] officer,” Houston Police Department spokesman Keese Smith said.
“You work with those horses on a daily basis. Those horses undergo a lot of training before they’re put on the street, so there would be a bond. Those horses are those officers’ partners.”