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Clark Co. Deputy: "K9 Officer Ike loved work and is a very memorable dog"

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Officer Jack Anderson and K9 Ike Officer Jack Anderson and K9 Ike

A Clark County deputy who lost his own K9 officer to senseless violence years ago, is sharing how deeply a loss like this impacts a department. 

Deputy Rick Osborne is friends with Officer Jack Anderson.  He tells FOX 12 the two traveled to California together to pick out K9 Officer Ike to be his partner. 

So, when he heard about what happened he says felt many things.  Among those feelings, heartbreak, because he knows exactly what Officer Anderson is going through.

Seconds after the call for help went out on the police radio yesterday, Osborne says he knew his friend was in trouble.

“I could hear some stress in his voice, so I headed down there,” said Osborne.

Osborne tells FOX 12 he rushed to the Vancouver field where Ike was stabbed hoping to help his friend.  But, by that point Ike was already on his way to the emergency animal hospital. 

That feeling of panic. All too familiar to Osborne.

“It makes it more difficult to watch him and his family go through this, I know what it feels like.  When I look at him, it’s hard for me to watch him go through this,” said Osborne.

Osborne’s own K9 Kane was killed in the line of duty back in 2011.  Deputies say he was also stabbed to death while trying to chase down a car thief.  

Kane was one year short of retiring from the service.

“We ask them to do things that we’re not necessarily willing to do, that’s why they go out. They don’t know fear and they do it with energy and without regard to their own safety,” said Osborne.

“A lot of people refer to the dogs as tools, but I would tell you they’re much more than that.  They’re not just an officer, but family.  They are very much a part of our lives.  They have personalities just like your dogs at home too.”

Osborne says K9 officers go above and beyond the call of duty every day, and K9 Officer Ike died a hero.

“He is a ball of energy, he’s just a wonderful personality very social, he’s the type of dog you immediately want to pet and be around.  He loved work.  He’s just a great dog, a very memorable dog,” said Osborne.

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