It's an unfortunate fact of life that so many people in this world aren't really appreciated until they're gone.
That's a common aspect in the life stories of now world famous artists like Vincent Van Gogh but it can be just as true at the local level. Whether it was because someone had an undeserved negative reputation or simply wasn't regarded at all despite doing things worthy of praise, it's not exactly impossible to find situations in our lives that fit the mournful phrase, "We hardly knew ye."
Fortunately, that's not true for everybody and we can sometimes see that pillars of the community and brilliant artists are recognized for the difference they made while they're still alive to enjoy that appreciation.
And that certainly seemed to be the case for one recently departed Ohio sheriff and his faithful K-9 partner.