Lance Cpl. Jeff DeYoung first met Cena while he was serving with the United States military in Afghanistan when he was just 19 years old. Cena, a bomb-sniffing canine, served with DeYoung for nine months. Upon the completion of his military duties, DeYoung fought to adopt Cena and they were officially reunited four years later, with Cena now working as a service dog and helping DeYoung cope with his post-traumatic stress disorder.
"My whole adult life I've had Cena. When I was 19 overseas learning how to be responsible, I had Cena. And now I'm 27 and I'm having to say goodbye to one of the biggest pieces of my life," says DeYoung. "This dog saved my life. I trust him more than I trust most human beings."
DeYoung and his community came together to pay their respects to the brave dog by taking a final ride honoring his life, dedication, and service. Cena laid on his human's lap as the procession made its way through town to a military ship, where Cena said his final goodbyes before a veterinarian ended his suffering.
H/T: Today Show