Blek was a member of the Ligonier Township police department; Blek is called a K9 dog and helps law enforcement in sniffing out drugs and explosives, locating missing people, etc. K9 police dogs always live with their handlers. Blek was with Lt. Eslary and his wife.
While Elsary and Blek were working one night, the lieutenant was killed in a head-on collision. A work van driven on the wrong side of the road encountered Eslary’s patrol SUV around 2 a.m. near Idlewild Park. Eslary was pronounced dead at the scene.
Blek survived the collision and remained with the body of his master during the rush of emergency vehicles and emergency responders spilling out at the scene.
Mrs. Eslary who works as a 911 dispatcher, was off-duty when the crash occurred, but she sped to the scene upon hearing of the accident. She comforted Blek, holding on to him with a fierce, desperate grip full of emotion, neither one of them wanted to leave the man’s side.
It changed their lives forever and they both miss him so very much. Eric is also a father of six children. It was a heartbreaking moment for Blek and Mrs. Eslary.
Through all the grief and emptiness, came a soothing presence for Mrs. Eslary and Blek. A photographer by the name of Christy Boyd reached out to the widow because she felt her pain and could share in her loss. Boyd’s stepson had died in a car crash in 2008 leaving her with a unique empathy for the newly widowed woman.
Boyd asked Eslary if she and Blek would like to participate in a photoshoot that would honor and celebrate the life of Lt. Eric Eslary. The widow agreed, and the images are haunting, sentimental and quite beautiful.
Both Eslary and her late husband were married before. The couple agreed to walk down the aisle again, despite the fact that Mary Beth Taylor-Eslary had recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Lt. Eslary always wanted to make sure she was always cared for.
Blek came into the Eslary family for another reason and both are doing well.
Below is the photoshoot:
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