Slain Police Dog Honored by Hundreds at Memorial Service
(Photo credit: Stephanie Yao Long/The Oregonian via AP)
Hundreds of people gathered Tuesday for a public memorial service honoring a Vancouver Police K9 who was stabbed in the line of duty and later died.
Approximately 250 to 300 people showed up at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, where volunteers holding flags — and roughly 50 police K9 teams from Washington, Oregon and Canada — lined the sidewalk to honor Ike, a six-year-old patrol and drug detection dog.
Ike’s handler, Jack Anderson, was presented with a honorary Purple Heart for the fallen K9. He was also given a Medal of Valor by the Washington State Police Canine Association.
Ike, who had 450 deployments and more than 60 captures under his collar, was helping track a suspect on September 1. When the dog found him, the man allegedly stabbed Ike multiple times, according to court records.
Ike was taken to DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland to treat stab wounds to his chest, back and head. Following complications with Ike’s surgery, he was euthanized the next day.
He was buried in Anderson’s backyard. Donations have poured in from the community in response to the incident.
“Funds received have been directed into the Vancouver Police K9 fund,” a Vancouver Police Department spokesperson said in a statement.
Anderson, his wife and two daughters buried Ike on their property September 2, under a cross with the dog’s name and the abbreviation for "end of watch."
"I asked them if they’d trade our time with Ike knowing it would end like this," Anderson said at the service. "With tears in their eyes they both said no. I say hell no, I’d do it over again in a heartbeat."
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