Rico the combat dog a loyal friend and patriot. He fought bravely through innumerable missions during his two tours in Afghanistan along with his partner, Sergeant Beckley. The two had a close connection, and even when it was time to say goodbye, Beckley made sure to send Rico off with the honor he deserved.
When Rico retired, he went to live with Beckley’s parents in Michigan.
However, at 12 and half years old, Rico was tired and deteriorating in health. Beckley went to see him one last time before he and his family made a terrifying decision to put him down. The combat partners have not been seen for more than a year and were more than happy to be reunited.
Unfortunately, their reunion did not last long.
When the time came, Rico died peacefully in the company of the family he loved. Parting with Rico was difficult for Beckley, and he was sure to tell Rico just how much he meant to him before he was gone.
Watch the Rico memorial video on the next page.