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Hundreds gather for Vancouver Police K9 Ike’s memorial service

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The Patriot Guard and K9 teams lining the sidewalk outside Vancouver Police K9 Ike's memorial service. The Patriot Guard and K9 teams lining the sidewalk outside Vancouver Police K9 Ike's memorial service.
Vancouver Police K9 Ike. Vancouver Police K9 Ike.
Dozens of K9 teams from around the area and Canada came to the service. Dozens of K9 teams from around the area and Canada came to the service.
Inside Ike's public memorial service, there was standing room only. Inside Ike's public memorial service, there was standing room only.
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Hundreds of people gathered Tuesday for a public memorial service honoring Vancouver Police K9 Ike, who was stabbed in the line of duty and later died.

“I believe Ike is as close to a hero as a dog can get,” his handler, Officer Jack Anderson, told the crowd at the service.

Officer Anderson and Ike lived and worked together for three years as one of four K9 teams with the Vancouver Police Department.

Ike was trained in both patrol and drug detection, and had 450 deployments and more than 60 captures to his name.

But his last capture came September 1st.

Police say Ike and Officer Anderson were responding to a call that night involving wanted man Jackie Chan Karuo.  When Ike was sent in, police say Karuo stabbed the K9 several times.

Karuo was taken into custody, and Ike was rushed to Dove Lewis Animal Hospital, where he went into emergency surgery.  There, he suffered cardiac arrest twice and went into systemic organ failure.  It was at that point Officer Anderson made the difficult choice to have him euthanized.

“Had it not been for Ike, it might have been Jack,” Vancouver Police Sgt. Joe Graff said at the service.  “On a practical level it makes sense, the life of a dog is second to the life of a human.  But on every other plane it is a sickening – and at times unbearable – decision.”

Outside the service, the Patriot Guard lined the street with American flags, as K9 teams from as far as Canada lined other side of the walkway.

“Having a dog go down in the line of service is touching for everybody and there are no borders when it comes to that,” Sgt. Ray Wong, of the Vancouver, British Columbia, police department told Fox 12.

Ike was laid to rest in a private ceremony on September 2nd at Officer Anderson’s home, surrounded by Anderson’s wife and two children.

“I asked them if they’d trade our time with Ike knowing it would end like this.  With tears in their eyes they both said no.  I say hell no, I’d do it over again in a heartbeat,” Officer Anderson added at the podium.

At the service, Ike was awarded the Vancouver Police Department’s Purple Heart Award, and the Washington State Police Canine Association’s Medal of Valor.  Both were presented to Officer Anderson.

“God bless you Ike, we will miss you,” Sgt. Graff added.  “Thank you so much for your courageous and dedicated service.”

Ike is the second Vancouver Police K9 to be killed in the line of duty in recent years.  K9 Dakota was shot and killed in 2007, while tracking an armed suspect.

Dakota’s handler, Officer Roger Evans, is still with the department and now works with K9 Tripp. 

Officer Evans was with Officer Anderson and his family throughout Ike’s service Tuesday.

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