Lt. Eric Eslary was driving with the German Shepherd on May 5, 2015 when a drunk driver crashed head-on with their vehicle.
The crash fatally injured Eslary, but his K-9 Partner named Blek refused to leave his side even though he too was badly injured. When the paramedics showed up, Blek had to be removed him the scene of the crash by Eslary’s wife, Mary Beth.
Blek spent tough 2 weeks in hospital and went home with Mary Beth after he had recovered. Mary Beth told WTAE News, “It’s an honor to now take care of Blek, for Eric. It’s just really good to have him home. I need him,” she added. “The kids need him. We need him as a family,” Mary Beth said. “He protects us. It’s a little more comforting knowing he’s here.”
Blek officially retired on August 11, 2015 and at the ceremony, Lt. Eslary’s badge number (number 4) was also retired, something the department had never done before.
Recently, photographer Christy Boyd, did a special photoshoot with Mary Beth and Blek in loving memory of Lt. Eric Eslary.