The Houston Police Department honored one of its fallen four-legged comrades in a special way.
Charlotte was a longstanding member of the HPD mounted patrol who was killed after being hit by a concrete truck in December.
HPD unveiled a portrait of Charlotte during a ceremony Wednesday, which shows a patriotic depiction of the beloved horse and Tennessee Walker. A picture of Charlotte and an HPD officer went viral as the officer comforted her after she was hit.
Charlotte served HPD for six years—working patrols, protests and more. The painting is based on a photo sent to artist Loreen Pantaleone from HPD.
“I was her very first partner; she had never been ridden,” said Lt. Randall Wallace with HPD mounted patrol. “I was the very first human to climb her back.
“She was very curious, she was very brave and she was very willing to please.”
Pantaleone says she’s a horse lover who lost herself in the painting.