A police K9 received a hero’s farewell this week after being killed in the line of duty.
More than 500 people attended the memorial service of police dog Ike in Vancouver, Washington, on Tuesday, The Oregonian reports. Included in the crowd were dozens of police dog units and local officers.
The corridor of K-9 units here to honor Vancouver K9 Ike. pic.twitter.com/fqlfGiXki7
— Vancouver Police USA (@VancouverPDUSA) September 30, 2015
Ike, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, served as a Vancouver police K9 alongside his handler, partner and pal, Officer Jack Anderson. He was stabbed on Sept. 1 while assisting in the capture of wanted man Jackie Chan Karuo and died the following day, the newspaper reports. Karuo has since been charged with several crimes.
“A hero is defined as a person who is admired or idolized for courage, outstanding achievement, or noble qualities,” Anderson said during the memorial service. “Reflecting back on the last three years with Ike and what I saw Sept. 1, I would have to say I agree. I believe Ike is as close to a hero as a dog can get.”
Ike was awarded the Medal of Valor by the Washington State Police Canine Association and the purple heart by the Vancouver Police Department, both of which were accepted on Ike’s behalf by Anderson, according to The Oregonian.
Rest in peace, Ike.